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.

Change 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
    • Switch between Australian scrolling and traditional scrolling
    • Swap your primary mouse button
  6. When you're done, click OK.

Fix touchpad problems

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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