How to Right Click on a Chromebook

(Pocket-lint) – Chromebooks are awesome, aren’t they? Lightweight, portable, affordable. That said, some simple things like right-clicking or copying and pasting on a Chromebook can be a hassle though.

The simple commands and shortcuts you’re used to on a Windows laptop don’t always translate easily to a Chromebook. Don’t worry because we are here to help you.

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Right-click with a Chromebook trackpad and press a button

Chromebooks aren’t built like other laptops. Yes, there’s a trackpad but you can’t just click on the right side of it and have it react to your actions as you’d expect. There’s only one button and it can be weird and irritating at times.

However, it is still possible to right-click. There are two easy ways to do this.

The first is to simply hold the ALT key on the left side of the keyboard while clicking on the trackpad as you normally would to select text or click a button. This will open the action menu that you would normally see on right-clicking.

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Right-click with a gesture

You may already be familiar with trackpad gestures from using other laptops. Chromebooks have that power too. One gesture you can use is simply resting two fingers on the trackpad. This is equivalent to a right click and opens the menu you need to do other things.

You can also do other things with gestures. Using two fingers and then swiping up and down on the trackpad will scroll up and down a page. Swipe left with two fingers and you’ll go back to a previous page, swipe right and you’ll go forward.

You can even swipe or tap and click with three fingers to do other things. There are all kinds of trackpad shortcuts.

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Use a mouse instead

Trackpads can be frustrating, so sometimes it’s easier to just plug in a mouse and use that instead. If you plug a standard USB mouse into your Chromebook, you’ll find that you can right-click the normal way much more easily.

It may sound silly, but sometimes the most obvious solutions are also the best.


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