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
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After the installation, Launch the tool from your Desktop Launcher or terminal.

enable right click ubuntu 18.04 thinkpad gnome tweak tool

From the terminal. you can start it by running

$ gnome-tweaks

Once launched, navigate to “Keyboard & Mouse”

enable right click ubuntu 18.04 thinkpad tweak tool keyboard mouse

Under “Mouse Click Emulation”, Select “Area

enable right click ubuntu 18.04 thinkpad mouse click area

Close Tweaks tool and you should have Right-click on your Lenovo Thinkpad laptop working.

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