In the Middle Cyril!
Like playing with the middle-button and trackpoint to scroll? Here's how to get it to work.
I have an old, but still stately Thinkpad Z60m that is still serving me just fine. Yeah, yeah okay ... I suppose I can also be described as old an stately!
Anyway, I love using the trackpoint on the Thinkpad - in fact, I love it so much that I will never buy another laptop or netbook unless it has a trackpoint. One tweak needed to make the trackpoint-experience perfect for me, is to be able to scroll with the trackpoint whilst keeping the middle-button down.
This functionality, however, is not enabled by default in my Ubuntu installs. I have recently had a stutter from my harddrive and rather replaced it. That also gave me the opportunity to install Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - the Lucid Lynx.
Immediately after the install I was confronted with why I love my middle-button scroll functionality - because I did not have it!
Here is how I got it back:
- sudo gedit (or other editor)
- Enter the following text in your text file:
Identifier "Trackpoint Wheel Emulation"
MatchProduct "TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint|DualPoint Stick|Synaptics Inc. Composite TouchPad / TrackPoint|ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint|USB Trackpoint pointing device"
Option "EmulateWheel" "true"
Option "EmulateWheelButton" "2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "false"
Option "XAxisMapping" "6 7"
Option "YAxisMapping" "4 5"
- Save the file with name '20-thinkpad.conf' in /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d/
- Restart your beloved Thinkpad and scroll away!
I got this information originally from: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/How_to_configure_the_TrackPoint#xorg.conf.d
The above will not work in Ubuntu 10.10 (maverick) - I tried ... :)
BUT ... they have acknowledge our need/desires by bringing it closer to the surface for us noobs. In maverivk, you simply:
1. Go to the Ubuntu Software Centre2. Search for 'pointing devices
3. Click on 'install' for 'pointing devices'
4. After install has completed go to System->Preferences->Pointing devices
5. Select 'Use Wheel Emulation'
6. Select 'button 2'
7. Select both vertical and horizontal scroll
8. Click 'Ok'