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How to Right Click On a Chromebook Using a Touchpad

Did you all know that once you get a hold of Chromebook gestures like right-clicking and 2 finger scrolling using a touchpad, you’ll become so used to it that seeing someone not using it will be uncomfortable and awkward for you?

So, if you bought your new Chromebook today and are wondering how to right-click on a Chromebook using a touchpad while trying to learn all these shortcuts, don’t worry, we have got your back. Here is how to do it!

For those who are not tech-savvy, Chromebooks lack independent right as well as left trackpad keys. This is a layout feature that has puzzled some folks.

The remedy is pretty clear once you fully understand it. This blog post will show you how to right tap as well as center tap on a Chromebook laptop.

Basics of Chromebook Touchpad

Let’s start with the basics. The ‘Tap to Click’ feature is enabled by default by the chrome operating system. Well, this surely means that you don’t necessarily have to press down the touchpad physically to click it. That being said, it is also important to know that the bottom half of the typical touchpads of Chromebooks have a button that is ‘pressable. By pressing it users normally get to feel a natural click, in other words, you get the feedback that your click has been recognized by the laptop.

On the other hand, when it comes to the Apple MacBook, the ‘right-click’ response is not generated by clicking on the bottom right side of its touchpad. And, to put it out in simple words, it doesn’t matter where you tap on the MacBook’s touchpad because tapping anywhere will mean that you are giving it a normal click.

So, to carry out mid-click and typical right-click commands, the ‘tap to click feature is used in the operating system of Chromebooks.

How to Right Click on a Chromebook?

Okay so, all in all, there are a total of 2 easy and simple ways through which you can right-click on your Chromebook with the help of its touchpad.

First way: The first way is the most used one by the users. To pull it off, you just need to hit the touchpad with your 2 fingers. Doing so will immediately right-click the options menu of the program or icon where your cursor is placed on.

For instance, if your cursor is on your desktop and you give it a right-click with 2 fingers, it will respond by giving you a menu that offers the wallpaper settings and different desktop settings. And, if you right-click the touchpad while you are browsing on Google Chrome, it will present you with copy and paste options, select all options, and much more.

Second Way: This second way of right-clicking on your Chromebook is somewhat less popular among users. To pull it off, first, you have to press and hold the ‘Alt’ button, and while pressing it just give your touchpad a single tap by using one finger. No, there is no specific place where you should tap, you can tap anywhere on the touchpad. Doing so will open up the contextual menu of your Chromebook laptop.

Also, just keep in mind that you do not need to give it a tap. Just keep pressing down the ‘alt’ button and click the touchpad physically, and you’ll get the same result. See? It is not as hard as it seems to be!

How to Middle Click on a Chromebook?

All of you who have never used their mouse with a scrolling wheel (clickable), truly know and understand how handy the middle tap features come in.

When we talk about the middle-click features included in chrome operating systems, it can present its users with several options, depending upon what you click it for.

Its most used two options are given below:

  • → To open up a new link in your background tab.
  • → To completely close your opened tab.

You can use a 3 finger tap on your touchpad as well. But, it takes some time to get hold of it. Furthermore, middle clicks can also assist you with opening a hyperlink. Just keep pressing the ‘ctrl button and tap on the link. The link will immediately open up in a new tab in the background.

So, now you all know how to right-click on a Chromebook and how to middle-click using a touchpad. What are you waiting for? Go ahead, practice, and flex it off!

Make sure to tell us if it works out for you!

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