I recently installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on my Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga Laptop. All other Desktop features are working fine except right-click on Touchpad. After some minutes of troubleshooting and Google searching, I learned that the issue was a Gnome setting that needed to be enabled.
To be able to enable Touchpad right-click on Ubuntu 18.04 running in Lenovo Thinkpad, you’ll need to install
gnome-tweak-tool which is a tool used to Tweak and customize Gnome Desktop Environment.
$ sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following additional packages will be installed: gnome-tweaks The following NEW packages will be installed: gnome-tweak-tool gnome-tweaks 0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded. Need to get 219 kB of archives. After this operation, 1,257 kB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y Get:1 http://ke.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 gnome-tweaks all 3.28.1-1 [218 kB] Get:2 http://ke.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 gnome-tweak-tool all 3.28.1-1 [1,848 B] Fetched 219 kB in 0s (471 kB/s) Selecting previously unselected package gnome-tweaks. (Reading database ... 180223 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack .../gnome-tweaks_3.28.1-1_all.deb ... Unpacking gnome-tweaks (3.28.1-1) ... Selecting previously unselected package gnome-tweak-tool. Preparing to unpack .../gnome-tweak-tool_3.28.1-1_all.deb ... Unpacking gnome-tweak-tool (3.28.1-1) ... Processing triggers for mime-support (3.60ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-1ubuntu3.18.04.2) ... Setting up gnome-tweaks (3.28.1-1) ... Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-11ubuntu1.1) ... Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ... Setting up gnome-tweak-tool (3.28.1-1) ...
After the installation, Launch the tool from your Desktop Launcher or terminal.
From the terminal. you can start it by running
Once launched, navigate to “Keyboard & Mouse”
Under “Mouse Click Emulation”, Select “Area”
Close Tweaks tool and you should have Right-click on your Lenovo Thinkpad laptop working.