Ubuntu Linux: Invert scrolling on Synaptics trackpad

With the modern age of smartphones and tablets, people are getting used to the more natural scrolling offered by these devices, but your average laptop trackpad still uses the standard, un-natural scrolling.

In Ubuntu, there is a relatively simple way to “invert” the scrolling so it goes the opposite way. This means you are pulling the page up like you would a normal piece of paper, if you get what I mean? Try it and it might just make your life so much easier!

To start, open up gedit or a similar text editor and create a new file. Add the following text on one line:

pointer = 1 2 3 5 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Save the file into your Home directory and call it .Xmodmap


Once the file is saved, you can either log out and back in again, or you can run xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap from a terminal and it will apply the changes:


Natural scrolling should now be enabled! Enjoy 🙂


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