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Create individual touchpad gestures

You can set up multi-touch gestures on your device as you may know and be used to from previous devices from other brands. This requires some configuration work, but makes the operation of the system even more intuitive.

1. Add your user account to the group input with the following command, at this point USER has to be replaced with your own user name

sudo gpasswd -a $USER input

Then please log off and on again, or restart the computer.

2. The following input installs libinput-tools and the required dependencies:

sudo apt-get install xdotool wmctrl libinput-tools

3. Download the libinput-gestures library from this location and extract the zip file.

4. The command cd will take you to the libinput-gestures directory and you can start the installation:

cd libinput-gestures-master
sudo ./libinput-gestures-setup install
5. For the configuration of own Multi-Touch gestures the libinput-gestures configuration file must be copied into the home directory:

cp /etc/libinput-gestures.conf ~/.config/libinput-gestures.conf6. Use nano (or any other editor) to open the file:

nano ~/.config/libinput-gestures.conf

Then all you have to do is add the desired gestures to the end of the file, at this point four suggestions for useful multi-touch gestures:
A swipe with three fingers up shows an overview of the running applications, wiping with three fingers down shows the desktop, wiping with three fingers left or right switches through the running applications.

gesture swipe up 3 xdotool key ctrl+F9
gesture swipe down 3 xdotool key ctrl+F12
gesture swipe left 3 xdotool key super+alt+Left
gesture swipe right 3 xdotool key super+alt+Right

After entering the desired gestures, close the nano Editor with Ctrl+X and confirm the saving process.

8. With the following commands libinput-gestures is started and added to the autostart:

libinput-gestures-setup start
libinput-gestures-setup autostart

To check the touch gesture detection, libinput-gestures must first be stopped and then the wizard started:

libinput-gestures-setup stop
libinput-gestures -d

This terminal output can be terminated with Ctrl+C.

After a change of the configuration file libinput-gestures must be restarted with the following input:

libinput-gestures-setup restart