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

paul sutton zleap at
Wed Oct 17 21:03:25 UTC 2012

On 17/10/12 22:00, Lee Gold wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
> Thanks.
> 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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    Thanks,  that should be useful here too,   I wonder if its possible
for the installer to detect if tere is a touch pad and set this as
default behaviour or even have 1 desktop as the default, 



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