How to Turn Off Changing Desktops When Scrolling Touchpad in Lubuntu12.04 ?

Lee Gold leegold at
Wed Oct 17 21:00:11 UTC 2012


This is not what I'm looking for can anyone help?

When I scroll along the right side of my laptop touchpad focused in an
open desktop the desktops change from 1 to 2 and visa-vera. When I'm in
the middle of doing something and this accidentally happens I begin to
pull my hair out - I really hate this action.

I am looking for a way to shut this off and only have desktop changing
via the panel or by selection in a window's top border w/right click.
But *not* by the scrolling in the touchpad.

There unfortunately is no GUI to adjust this in Lubuntu but there is a
config file where I can edit text and probably comment out the lines.

Please tell me were in the file? How? The text file syntax has changed
slightly since I last did this. I thought someone would know. But I can
backup the file and experiement until it's turned off i guess...

This option is really nasty on a laptop and IMHO it should be an optio
of a Lubuntu GUI.


On Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 03:00 PM, Jose Lopez wrote:
> Hi all, just wanted to give you a little help on this subject. you can do
> this in a graphical formatt, and here is how.
> 1. Right click on a open space of desktop, that should bring the Lubuntu
> desktop menu,
> 2. click on desktop preferences.
> 3. click on the advance tab.
> 4. check box that says something like "show menus provided bu window
> managers.
> 5. click on close.
> 6. Right click on a open space of desktop again, and that will bring you
> to
> the open box desktop menu.
> on system.
> on open box conf. manager.
> 9. click on the destop tab on the side.
> 10. change the # of desktop to one.
> 11. close.
> your done. I hope this helps
> On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM, Lee Gold <leegold at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Using 12.04 with laptop. Moving the finger along the right edge of the
> > touchpad acts as a scroll wheel. If the cursor is not in any app window
> > but is in open desktop area then this scrolling action will transport
> > one to a different desktop.
> >
> > I want to turn off all desktop changing with the touchpad. I only want
> > the right click at the top of the window border which gives me the
> > option to take that window to a different desktop - I want no other
> > desktop changing action enabled with the mouse/touchpad.
> >
> > I used to go into /home/userone/.config/openbox/lubuntu-rc.xml and make
> > changes. But this file and the syntax in there has changed slightly
> > since 10.x and now I'm not sure how to do it.
> >
> > How to do? Thanks!
> >
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