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. 


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. 

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
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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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Phil Says:

    You can also hold down the Alt key and click.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

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