Use the Chromebook touchscreen

If your Chromebook has a touchscreen, here are some actions you can take on it:

  • Click: Tap where you want to click.
  • Right-click: Touch and hold where you want to right-click.
  • Scroll: Drag your finger up, down, right, or left.
  • Go to a previous page on your browser: To go back, swipe your finger from left to right. To go forward, swipe from right to left.
  • Zoom in or out: Touch and hold an area with 2 fingers.
    • To zoom in, spread them apart.
    • To zoom out, pinch them together.
  • Open Launcher: Swipe up from the row of apps at the bottom of the screen.
  • Show your row of apps (shelf): Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Hide your row of apps (shelf): Touch and hold an area in the row and click Autohide shelf.​
    • Note: If your Chromebook converts into a tablet, you can’t hide your row of apps manually. It will only be hidden if you view an app in full screen. To show your hidden shelf again, swipe up from the bottom.

Fix touchscreen problems

If your touchscreen isn't working, try these steps. Test after each step to see whether your touchscreen works.

  1. Wipe off any dust or dirt on your touchscreen.
  2. Reset your Chromebook hardware.
  3. Reset your Chromebook to factory settings.

If these steps don't fix the problem, contact your Chromebook manufacturer.

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