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This step-by-step guide will show you how to right click on a Chromebook using various different methods. It’s all fairly straightforward, but if you’re only used to right clicking on a laptop then it can take a short while before your ingrained muscle memory adapts.
Have a read of all of the methods below, and with any luck, you’ll learn something new about how to use your Chromebook.
How to right click on Chromebook devices
The Chromebook touchpad or trackpad works in much the same way as a Macbook trackpad. It doesn’t have the separate individual buttons at the bottom that some Windows laptops do, but is an all-in-one design that relies on specific gestures.
Although some Windows laptops also have this design, right clicking on them generally involves pressing in the bottom right corner of the trackpad with a single finger. This is not the case on a Chromebook.
- To perform a right click on a Chromebook, you must tap the touchpad with two fingers at the same time. This can be anywhere on the touchpad.
- Alternatively, you can hold the Alt key on your keyboard and then single tap on the touchpad.
Sometimes the above functionality needs to be enabled in the settings of the Chromebook before it will work. Follow the below steps to do this:
Open up the Settings Menu on your Chromebook by clicking on the menu in the bottom-right corner of your screen, then clicking the cogwheel icon.
Once in the Settings menu, click Advanced.
Click Manage Accessibility Features within the Advanced menu.
Under the Mouse and Touchpad section, click on Open mouse and touchpad device settings.
Select Enable Tap to Click.
You may have noticed in your attempts to right click that depressing your two fingers for too long or moving them after tapping the touchpad will move your page up and down.
This is due to you accidentally performing the scroll gesture.
Scrolling on a Chromebook (assuming it is enabled in the touchpad settings – see above) is performed through holding your two fingers on the trackpad at the same time and moving them up or down. Releasing them stops the scroll.
Middle clicking is a useful feature. If you have a mouse you can press the mouse wheel / middle button to middle click. If you do this on a link it will open it up in a new background tab in your web browser, leaving you on the page you’re currently viewing. Middle clicking on an open tab will close it down.
To perform this action on a Chromebook, simply tap the touchpad with three fingers at the same time, instead of the two you’d use to right click or the single to left click.
Other Chromebook articles
And so ends our guide on how to right click on a Chromebook. Make sure you have a gander at our other Chromebook and laptop guides and articles, including other how-to guides, and also buyer’s guides on specific laptop and Chromebook brands.
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