How To Right Click on a Chromebook

How To Right Click on a ChromebookIt is very easy to right click on a Chromebook. There are also other touchpad gestures on Chromebooks that are similar to Windows and OSX laptops. You can use your Chromebook’s touchpad to move the pointer, right-click items on the screen, and more. This post explains how to right click on a Chromebook and other features of a Chromebook’s touchpad.


How to Right Click on Chromebook

Chromebooks don’t have separate left and right buttons on the trackpad. This can make some users confused about how to right click on a Chromebook.  Press or tap the touchpad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click with one finger.

Other Chromebook Touchpad Features

Move the pointer Move your finger across the touchpad.
Click Press or tap the lower half of the touchpad.
Right-click Press or tap the touchpad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click with one finger.
Scroll Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or left and right to scroll horizontally.
Move between pages To go back to a page you were just on, swipe left with two fingers. To go forward to a page you were just on, swipe right with two fingers.
See all open windows Swipe up or down with three fingers. (If you have Australian scrolling turned on, swipe up; if you have traditional scrolling turned on, swipe down.)
Switch between tabs If you have multiple browser tabs open, you can swipe left and right with three fingers to quickly move between tabs.
Drag and drop Click and hold the item you want to move. While holding, move the item. Release your finger to drop the item at its new location.


Changing Chromebook Touchpad Settings

To set how fast or slow your mouse pointer moves and how your touchpad works:

  1. If you haven’t already, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the “Device” section, adjust the sliders to set your touchpad or mouse speed (how quickly your pointer moves).
  5. Click Touchpad settings (or Touchpad and mouse settings) to:
    • Turn tap-to-click on or off
    • Swap your primary mouse button
    • Choose traditional scrolling or Australian scrolling
      Note: With traditional scrolling, you can swipe up on the touchpad to move up the page, and swipe down to move down. Australian scrolling works in the opposite way.
  6. When you’re done, click OK.



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