When you put your mouse cursor on the task bar or desktop switcher and roll the scroll wheel it switches between applications or desktops (sorta like when you alt-tab). This is all well and good however I find it to be very irritating because it always happens on accident (I am on a laptop with a touchpad). How does one go about disabling this feature?

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 with gnome.

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As written by linunix @ https://www.reddit.com/r/ManjaroLinux/comments/ha2w1r/how_do_i_disable_switching_between_windows_when/fv0cb6c/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3,

If you're indeed using Dash-to-Panel (version 40 here) under GNOME, right-click on the Show-App icon (enter image description here) of the task bar and open "Dash-to-Panel settings", then go to Action tab and change the setting from "Scroll icon action" from "Cycle window" to "Do nothing".

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Had to struggle with that one a bit too.


By default, (on Ubuntu 18.04) viewport switching is bound to a horizontal two-finger swipe. The sensitivity is very high, so when you scroll vertically you also easily scroll horizontally accidentally.

Disabling horizontal scroll was also more of a hassle than I expected (e.g. dconf-editor and ccsm didn't do the job). libinput-tools did it for me though, see further instructions:



best answer I can find. I wish this was just a setting in gnome though: https://bugs.launchpad.net/gnome-panel/+bug/39328

  • That's a very lenghty discussion, and contains only touching information
    – JBSnorro
    Jan 27, 2020 at 9:38

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