Are you sure the touchpad not working on Linux Mint 20 Ulyana for laptop? NO! Touchpad tap not working on Linux Mint XFCE only need “Mouse and Touchapd Setting”. This article will show you how to configure it properly, please note that the touchpad tap not clicking is not a bug.

A touchpad is a pointing device packed with a tactile sensor, the specialized surface that can translate the motion and position of a user’s fingers to a relative position on the operating system that is made output to the screen. Touchpads are a common feature of laptop computers as opposed to using a mouse on a desktop (Wikipedia, 2020).

Touchpad is one component that plays an important role in laptops. Instead of the mouse role, the touchpad makes it easy for every laptop user to click on an application or any file. So that, when the touchpad error will make it unable to work properly, you feel uncomfortable of doing computing activities.

Touchpad Not Clicking on Linux Mint

By default, the Linux Mint 20 Ulyana XFCE configuration for touchpad is the tap function works as not click function. If you want to make the tap works as click button, you need to make a little setting as follow:

  1. Open your Menu >> Settings >> Mouse and Touchpad
  2. It will show the “Mouse and Touchpad” configuration dialog
Touchpad Not Work Linux Mint 20 Ulyana
The next step, please select the “Touchpad” on the “Device” section. Please make sure you enable the touchpad device, also give a check mark for “Tap touchpad to click

Now you can try your touchpad to click!

Still Not Solved?

On some laptops usually have a special key on the keyboard to activate and deactivate the touchpad. So you can accidentally press the button so that the touchpad does not work. To fix this, look for a button on the keyboard that has a touchpad pictorial icon. Usually the button is between the F1 – F12 keys. If you find it successfully, you only need to press the Fn + key combination to activate the cursor.

If the above methods do not succeed in fixing your laptop’s touchpad that is not functioning, there is a possibility of damage occurring at the hardware level or you could say your touchpad is damaged. Therefore it would be better if your laptop is taken to a laptop service center to be checked by experts.