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How to right click on Chromebooks

Having trouble figuring out how to use a Chromebook? Let's start with the basics.

Published onJune 12, 2021

If you’re switching to a Chromebook from a Windows 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. 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. We’re here to help you get the most out of your Chromebook, so let’s show you how to do it.

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How to right click on Chromebook using the touchpad

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The good news is your buttonless trackpad is much more versatile than it looks. It clicks down like a regular mouse button when you need to select something. But the trackpad “button” can do more than that. For instance, if you want to scroll, slide two fingers up and down or across the trackpad, depending on the direction you’re scrolling.

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As for how to right click on Chromebook, use two fingers to click down or tap once on the trackpad. Depending on where you’ve clicked, you’ll see a menu — usually generated by right clicking.

How to right click on Chromebook using button combinations

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Those who can’t get used to the trackpad gestures have another option for right clicking on a Chromebook. Press the Alt button and click using a single finger on the trackpad. That’s all there is to it!

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Mice still work the same!

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Luckily 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!

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