To change the behavior of the Synaptics/Alps
touch pad, use Control Panel - Desktop - Adjust Touch Pad. If Adjust Touch Pad errors when you launch it, your
touch pad is probably not supported yet. For Dell 13z and
others there is another touch pad driver included. To use it, open
the Control Panel and click on the System tab. Then click on
Manage Servers and Services, and then Dell-psmouse. Click Start to
start using this driver now and Enable to use this driver at every
boot. Then restart the X server.
Here’s a couple popular options to adjust :
Option "MaxTapTime" "0" This option sets the touch to tap behavior. Setting this to 0 disables touch to tap (which is the default). If you want touch to tap on, change this to 125 to start with and adjust as needed.
Option "AccelFactor" "0.030" This option sets how fast the mouse moves as you drag your finger across the pad. A smaller number is slower, a bigger number is faster.
By default "tap-to-click" is disabled as some touchpads are overly sensitive, making the system impossible to use if it is left on. To turn it back on:
To enable vertical scrolling, open Adjust Touchpad as above, then go to "Scrolling" tab and check "Vertical Edge Scroll" and uncheck all the others.
If you need other configuration options take
a look at the man page for Synaptics.