How to Right-Click on a Chromebook

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Switching from a PC to a Chromebook comes with a few adjustments. For one, you'll need to have access to a Wi-Fi signal for most apps to function. There's also a number of keyboard shortcuts you'll need to learn, and touchpad motions that are different from the average PC. For instance, to bring up a traditional right-click menu or to drag-and-drop an item, you'll need a little know-how. 

1. Click the touchpad with two fingers to open the right-click menu. 

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2. Place two fingers on the touchpad and move up and down or right to left to scroll. 

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3. Click and hold on an item you want to drag and drop using one finger. Then, with a second finger move to where you want that item dropped. 

4. Swipe left or right quickly using two fingers to swipe between open tabs. 

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Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  • slider9499 Says:

    Asus Chromebook Questions:
    1. How do share a webpage?
    2. Grammarly works in laptop mode but not in tablet mode? Why?
    3. How to auto-alphabetize apps?
    4. Can I place all icons on my home screen? Not pin, but actually on my home screen?

  • joesph ziemian Says:

    was very helpful for me its a great website.

  • sean willis Says:

    thank you very much :) this worked perfectly

  • kylie Says:

    it still didn't tell me how to right click so i can save an image. @annoyed.

  • Kelly-Jeau Larson Says:

    Thanks indeed. However. It still doesn't help me learn how to "check spelling" or "copy and paste." Other sites also do not give the right info or do not cover it.

  • Alexander P Says:

    You're my hero! I've been going mad thinking my Chromebook right button wasn't working. These tips really helped out

  • Peter Says:

    i have been trying to work this out ever since i got my chromebook. thankyou :)

  • Ryan May Says:

    4. Swipe left or right quickly using two fingers to swipe between open tabs.
    you are wrong
    it is THREE fingers to switch between tabs
    TWO fingers will switch between pages that you have gone to (go back/go forward)

  • Vasanthra Jureas Says:

    This is probably the most useful thing i have ever read online. Thank you so much! <3

  • Ken Row Says:

    Very simple and efficient tutorial.
    Works well, thanks!

  • Alka Debta Says:

    To perform the right-click function on laptop, Press and hold the Alt key and with this double click the touch pad.

  • Mad Lyrics Says:

    @Lost time: Stupid trolls like you are polluting the internet. If you're not even able to read, don't blame others for that lol...

  • Lost time Says:

    Absolutely stupid article. Doesn't even address the subject of the article regarding Right clicking on a Chromebook. Stupid writers like this are destroying the internet.

  • Ty Davis Says:

    I cant get my spellchecker to come up. It used to work fine. Is there a setting Ive turned off or is there a keyboard shortcut?

    Thank You

  • Micki Nicol Says:

    Anyone know if it is possible to change the tab color across the top of the page? Mine defaults to blue on black and I find it very difficult to read.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Phil Says:

    You can also hold down the Alt key and click.

  • Nick Smith Says:

    Thanks a lot for your tips on Chromebooks. I only purchased my Toshiba yesterday and the right click has been driving me mad! Thanks for keeping me sane!

  • Arth Says:

    Or, you can pair a Bluetooth mouse or plug in a USB mouse dongle and... right click :)

    But, yes, the 2-fingers tap on the pad is interpreted as right-click.

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