Natural Scrolling Ubuntu

So I’m going through a bit of a Linux kick lately and one of the things I ended up doing was installing Ubuntu 16.04LTS on my Dell 7370 laptop. Afterwards, I started to get sick of the scrolling with two fingers on the touch pad – I was pretty used to the “natural scrolling” function on the laptops.

All of the guides were pointing me towards opening the Mouse/Touchpad settings, but there was no checkbox for Natural scroll anywhere to be found.

User “goetzc” from pointed me in the right direction:
nano /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf
Find the section that says “Identifier ‘touchpad catchall’
Mine now says:

Section “InputClass”
Identifier “touchpad catchall”
Driver “synaptics”
MatchIsTouchpad “on”
MatchDevicePath “/dev/input/event*”
Option “NaturalScrolling” “on”
Option “MiddleEmulation” “on”
Option “Tapping” “on”
Option “DisableWhileTyping” “on”

I just realized that I couldn’t see the option in my Mouse settings panel because I had a non-compatible theme running that ruined the visuals of many options. Oh well, live and learn I guess.

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