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Use your Chromebook touchpad

You can use your Chromebook's touchpad to right-click, switch between tabs, 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.
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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.

Close a tab Point to the tab, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.
Open a link in a new tab Point to the link, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.
Switch between tabs If you have multiple browser tabs open, swipe left and right with three fingers.
Drag and drop Using one finger, click and hold the item you want to move. Drag the item to its new spot, then release your finger.

Change how your touchpad works

You can tap your touchpad to click, or change the direction you scroll. Here's how:

  1. Click your account photo.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. In the "Device" section, click Touchpad (or Touchpad and mouse).
  4. Change how your touchpad works:
    • Turn tap-to-click on or off
    • Turn on tap dragging
    • Swap your primary mouse button, if you use a mouse
    • Adjust how quickly your pointer moves: Move the sliders next to "Touchpad speed" or "Mouse speed"
    • Choose type of scrolling: Traditional (swipe up to move page down) or Australian (swipe up to move page up)

Fix touchpad problems

If your touchpad stops working, try these steps:

  • Make sure there is no dust or dirt on the touchpad.
  • Press the Esc key several times.
  • Drumroll your fingers on the touchpad for ten seconds.
  • Turn your Chromebook off, then back on again.
  • Perform a hard reset.
  • If you have more than one account on your Chromebook, delete the account that has problems with the touchpad, then re-add the account.

If none of these steps work, contact your Chromebook manufacturer.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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