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If you’re switching to a Chromebook from a desktop PC, you’ll have to get used to a few new ways of doing things. Like Apple computers, Chromebooks do away with right and left click buttons, but you’ll still need the right click function for certain tasks. Most people who make the switch will find themselves wondering how to right click on Chromebook.

It’s pretty straightforward, but unfortunately not all that intuitive. That’s why we’re here, to help you get the most out of your Chromebook.


How to right click on Chromebook using the touchpad

Chromebook trackpad

The good news is your buttonless trackpad is much more versatile than it looks. It clicks down like a mouse button, as when you need to select something or move your cursor around. But the trackpad “button” can do more than that.

The trick is tapping it with two fingers instead of one. It’ll feel awkward the first couple times you try it, but you’ll be used to it in no time. If you want to scroll, for instance, slide two fingers up and down or across the track pad, depending on the direction you’re scrolling.

As for how to right click on Chromebook, just use those same two fingers to click down once on the track pad. depending on where you’ve clicked, you’ll see a menu — usually generated by right clicking — that you can scroll through normally.


How to right click on Chromebook using button combinations

how to right click on chromebook

Those who can’t get used to the trackpad gestures have another option for right clicking on a Chromebook. Simply press the ‘Alt’ button and click using a single finger on the trackpad.


Mice still work the same!

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Lucky for those who don’t like change, mice work perfectly on Chromebooks. Right clicking on a Chrome OS laptop using a mouse is done by… clicking on the mouse’s right button. That’s right, it’s the same as with traditional computers!


If you’ve been able to follow along this far, well, you’re all good. You now know how to right click on Chromebook.

Have you come across any issues right clicking this way? Notice anything that works better on either Chromebook or PC? Let us know in the comments!

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