Use gestures or buttons to navigate in tablet mode

You can use gestures to switch between apps and interact with your Chromebook in tablet mode. Learn how to change from laptop to tablet mode.

Navigate with gestures

For all gestures, use a single motion, steady speed, and even finger pressure.

Go to your Home screen

From the bottom, long swipe up. 

See how to go Home
Drag your finger from the bottom to the top of your screen.

Show your pinned apps

From the bottom, short swipe up.

See how to show your pinned apps
Short swipe up to view pinned apps

View all open app windows

From the bottom, swipe up and hold.

See how to view all open app windows
Swipe up and hold to view open app windows

Split your screen 

From Overview, hold and drag a window to one side. 
See how to split your screen
Hold and drag window to one side to split screen

Go back to the previous screen

Swipe from the left side.

See how to go back to the previous screen
Short swipe from the left to go back

Navigate with buttons

You can use buttons instead of gestures to check your open app windows, switch between apps, or go to your Home screen.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, select Manage accessibility features.
  5. Under "Mouse and touchpad," turn on Show navigation buttons.
  6. At the bottom, the buttons will appear.
    • To go back to the previous screen, on the bottom left, select Back .
    • To go to your Home screen, on the bottom left, select the Launcher . Or press Alt + Shift + L.
    • To view all your open app windows, on the bottom right, select Show windows .

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