Use your Chromebook touchpad
You can use your Chromebook's touchpad to move the pointer, right-click items on the screen, and more. Here's how it works:
|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.|
To set how fast or slow your mouse pointer moves and how your touchpad works:
- If you haven't already, sign in to your Chromebook.
- Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
- Click Settings.
- In the "Device" section, adjust the sliders to set your touchpad or mouse speed (how quickly your pointer moves).
- 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.
- When you're done, click OK.
If your touchpad stops working, try the following steps. Test after each step to see if the touchpad works.
- Make sure there is no dust or dirt on the touchpad.
- Touch the Esc key several times.
- Drumroll your fingers on the touchpad for ten seconds.
- Restart your Chromebook.
- Perform a hard reset.
- If you have more than one account on your Chromebook, delete the account that causes the touchpad problems, then re-add the account.
If none of these steps work, recover your Chromebook.
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