To verify the mapping of your buttons, run xev , and click the buttons and use the scroll wheel xev is part of the xorg-xutils package. I’m going to try it out and see how easy it is to assemble and use. June 25th, 4. Using ‘xev’ shows that the upper left button is button 2, and the upper right is button 8. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service , privacy policy and cookie policy , and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. The way that it attaches, and the fit against the main body of the trackball is sub-optimal, though. That’s pretty easy to figure our using xev – details left to the reader.

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Originally Posted by lvlammert. Email Required, but trackbalp shown. If you want to use it left-handed, the button assignment can be reversed using the Mouse Settings control of whatever desktop you are using.

Kensington Expert Mouse

A few minutes after I post the question I found the answer. Join Date Jun Beans 1. Save the file, and restart X. The position of the items in the command specify the button to assign a function to. Trackbakl using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service.


June 29th, 5. Under Windows, I was used to having the TrackballWorks app, which lets me easily configure button mappings and such.

Enabling middle click using a Kensington Trackball in Ubuntu 15.10

You can go ahead and edit it if you want, but, personally, I would not. Linux Fedora 29, hands-on: I first saw this trackball on the Kensington web site sometime last summer.

It would be logical to have those top two buttons act as “forward” and “back”, wouldn’t it? I’m going to try it out and see how easy it is to assemble and use. The left mouse button is now “locked down”, and I can move the window by moving the trackball exactly the same effect as holding down the mouse button.

I can use ‘xbindkeys’ and ‘xautomation’ to assign those buttons as Alt – Left Arrow and Alt – Right Arrow, and it works, but it is slow, and often fails to catch button presses.

xfce – Kensington Trackball button configuration – Ask Ubuntu

I have had a lot of trackballs over the years, and this is one of the best that I have seen. Physically, it has a large, easy-to-use ball, which is surrounded by a scroll ring, and four large buttons.

The Kensington web page also lists Chrome OS under Compatibility, so I was hopeful that there might be a Linux-compatible version of this utility. I’ve been trying it out, here’s what I have found so far.


I think the cleverest thing about this trackball, though, is in the functionality. June 25th, 4. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service.

Put this configuration inside the file:.

ubuntu – Configuring Kensington Slimblade in Linux – Unix & Linux Stack Exchange

Post as a guest Name. Kensington Trackball button configuration Ask Question. But once you get past the name, this really is a very nice and exceptionally versatile trackball. Submit answers in the kenssington The upper left button acts as the middle button on a typical mouse.

But you can’t, and there is nothing else you can do with it which qualifies for the “Expert Mouse” part of the name, as far as I can see. This kit promises to turn your Pi into a functional desktop computer. Therefore, I think the source of the name oensington clear: Sign up using Email and Password.

Of coursed this dual-mode function means that it would be very easy to use this trackball on two different systems, for example with trackblal dongle on my Acer All-in-One desktop and via Bluetooth on a Raspberry Pi 3.