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[how-to] Enable Tapping on Fedora 17 Xfce

June 24, 2012

Xfce is a lightweight and flexible desktop environment I’ve been using. Unfortunately, I’ve a small problem with the Synaptics touchpad, I can’t enable tapping function. I looked up some information on the Internet and I had the solution.

On Fedora 17, it takes you some steps to solve this problem. They’re so simple.

Step 1. As the root user, backup the “50-synaptics.conf” file in the “/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/” directory:

# cp  -v  /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf  /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf.bak

Step 2. As the root user, go to the terminal and type:

# gedit  /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

then replace with:

Section  “InputClass”
Identifier  “touchpad catchall”
Driver  “synaptics”
MatchIsTouchpad  “on”
Option  “TapButton1”  “1”
Option  “VertEdgeScroll”  “1”
MatchDevicePath  “/dev/input/event*”
EndSection

Next, save the file and exit.

Step 3. Reboot your system. Then log-in and test the touchpad by tapping on it to open files.

Good luck for you!

Nguyen Nang Thang

Fedora Contributor

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