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== Synaptics Touchpads ==

== for newbies ==
On laptops, the touchpad is the built-in mouse. "Synaptics touchpad" should not be confused with "Synaptic", the Ubuntu Package Manager, or Graphical User Interface equivalent of "apt-get" in a terminal.

In Breezy and later versions of Ubuntu, the synaptics touchpad on laptops should work out of the box. There should be an entry like this in /etc/xorg.conf:
Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
 Driver "synaptics"
 Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
 Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
 Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
 Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0"

== Turning Synaptics Touchpads On/Off ==

KSynaptics should allow KDE users some control over their touchpad, though issues may exist.

In Ubuntu, to turn the touchpad on or off (so that it doesn't interfere with typing) when using a USB or other mouse, use following steps:

1) from a terminal, edit /etc/xorg.conf:
sudo gedit /etc/xorg.conf
this will

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