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.|
|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.
|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.|
You can tap your touchpad to click, or change the direction you scroll. Here's how:
- If you haven't already, sign in to your Chromebook.
- Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
- Click Settings .
- Scroll down to the "Device" section.
- Optional: To change how quickly your pointer moves, move the sliders next to "Touchpad speed" or "Mouse speed."
- Click Touchpad settings (or Touchpad and mouse settings).
- In the window that appears, you can:
- Turn tap-to-click on or off
- Swap your primary mouse button, if you use a mouse
- Choose traditional scrolling (swipe up to move up the page) or Australian scrolling (swipe up to move down the page)
- When you're done, click OK.
If your touchpad stops working, try these steps:
- 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.
- 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.
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