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Accessibility enhancements for pointing devices


mousetweaks [--dwell] [--ssc] [--dwell-time=FLOAT] [--ssc-time=FLOAT] [-m|--dwell-mode=STRING] [-c|--show-ctw] [-t|--threshold=INT] [-g|--geometry] [-s|--shutdown] [--daemonize] [-?|--help]

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mousetweaks is a collection of accessibility enhancements for pointing devices. This manual page describes the mousetweaks daemon.



Automatically perform mouse clicks without using a physical button.


Trigger the secondary mouse button when the primary mouse button is held down for a specified amount of time.


Time to keep the pointer motionless before a dwell click is performed. Range: 0.2 - 3.0 seconds.


Time to hold the primary mouse button before a simulated secondary click is performed. Range: 0.5 - 3.0 seconds.

-m, --dwell-mode=STRING

Select a dwell mode. Available options: window - Select the click type from a window or a panel applet. gesture - Perform different clicks by moving in different directions.

-c, --show-ctw

Show the click-type window. Only useful in combination with --dwell-mode=window.

-t, --threshold=INT

Ignore small pointer movements. Range: 0 - 30 pixels.

-g, --geometry

Size and position of the click-type window. Expects a standard X Window System geometry string. ie. WIDTHxHEIGHT+X+Y

-s, --shutdown

Stop the mousetweaks daemon.


Start mousetweaks in the background, ie. spawn a child process.


Start mousetweaks in login mode. Login mode enables workarounds specific to GDM. Currently unused.


The daemon creates a lock file in the $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR directory to keep track of its state. On systems with no user runtime directory, the $XDG_CACHE_HOME directory is used.


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This manual page was written by Francesco Fumanti.

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