Lenovo T460 Trackpad Ubuntu 18.04 Fixes


Having problems with your T460 trackpad under Ubuntu 18.04? Read on and hopefully these tips will help you get it working.

I recently purchased a secondhand Lenovo T460s to replace an old Samsung laptop running Ubuntu. Although I had the option of running Windows 10 I specifically went for a Thinkpad as I wanted to stick with Linux. However the first issue I had was the trackpad not working properly.

Here are the steps I took to correct the issues and get my trackpad working under Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS “Bionic”.

Run xinput to find devices

From a terminal window run “xinput” to list the input devices found on your system.

In my case I could see the trackpad show up as “SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad”.

Install Synaptics HWE package

Install the Synaptics HWE package using :

sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics-hwe-18.04

Once it has installed, reboot your laptop. Hopefully when you have restarted your trackpad should be working.

Enable Right-click

To enable a right-click when you press the lower right-hand corner of the trackpad you need to change a setting. To do this you need to install the GNOME Tweak Tool using :

sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

Activate “Activities Overview” by pressing the Super Key (aka Windows Key).

  • Type “tweak”
  • Click on the “Tweaks” utility icon
  • Click the “Keyboard & Mouse” tab
  • Set the “Mouse Click Emulation” to “Area”
  • Close the “Tweaks” window

Adjust Trackpad Properties

There are a few other properties that you can adjust.] in the standard Ubuntu settings.

  • Activate “Activities Overview” by pressing the Super Key (aka Windows Key).
  • Type “Mouse”
  • Click “Mouse & Touchpad”
Ubuntu Mouse & Touchpad settings
  • From these settings you can adjust the touchpad speed and enable “Tap to Click” or “Two-finger scrolling”.
  • Close the settings window and your new settings should work straight away.

Hopefully at this point your T460 trackpad is working as expected.


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