Click, drag, or scroll with the touchpad

You can click, double-click, drag, and scroll using only your touchpad, without separate hardware buttons.

Tap to click

You can tap your touchpad to click instead of using a button.

  1. Open the Activities overview and start typing Mouse & Touchpad.

  2. Click on Mouse & Touchpad to open the panel.

  3. In the Touchpad section, check Tap to click.

    The Touchpad section only appears if your system has a touchpad.

  • To click, tap on the touchpad.

  • To double-click, tap twice.

  • To drag an item, double-tap but don’t lift your finger after the second tap. Drag the item where you want it, then lift your finger to drop.

  • If your touchpad supports multi-finger taps, right-click by tapping with two fingers at once. Otherwise, you still need to use hardware buttons to right-click. See Simulate a right mouse click for a method of right-clicking without a second mouse button.

  • If your touchpad supports multi-finger taps, middle-click by tapping with three fingers at once.

When tapping or dragging with multiple fingers, make sure your fingers are spread far enough apart. If your fingers are too close, your computer may think they’re a single finger.

Two finger scroll

You can scroll using your touchpad using two fingers.

  1. Open the Activities overview and start typing Mouse & Touchpad.

  2. Click on Mouse & Touchpad to open the panel.

  3. In the Touchpad section, check Two finger scroll.

When this is selected, tapping and dragging with one finger will work as normal, but if you drag two fingers across any part of the touchpad, it will scroll instead. Move your fingers between the top and bottom of your touchpad to scroll up and down, or move your fingers across the touchpad to scroll sideways. Be careful to space your fingers a bit apart. If your fingers are too close together, they just look like one big finger to your touchpad.

Two-finger scrolling may not work on all touchpads.

Natural scrolling

You can drag content as if sliding a physical piece of paper using the touchpad.

  1. Open the Activities overview and start typing Mouse & Touchpad.

  2. Click on Mouse & Touchpad to open the panel.

  3. In the Touchpad section, check Natural scrolling.

This feature is also known as Reverse Scrolling.