How to Right-Click on Chromebook

Copy, paste, and more on Chrome OS

Knowing how to right-click on Chromebook is essential if you want to copy and paste text or access hidden menus. There are several ways to right-click using the Chromebook touchpad, the keyboard, or an external mouse.

Instructions in this article apply to laptops with Chrome OS.

How to Right-Click on the Chromebook Touchpad

Most Chromebooks have a rectangular touchpad with no extra buttons. Tapping or pressing anywhere on the touchpad with one finger results in a left-click. To perform a right-click, hover the cursor over the item that you wish to select and tap the touchpad using two fingers.

If you connected an external mouse to your Chromebook, you should be able to use the right mouse button.

How to Right-Click With the Chromebook Keyboard

You can right-click using the touchpad in combination with the keyboard. Hover the cursor over the item you want to right-click, press and hold the Alt key, and tap the touchpad with one finger.

Why Use Right-Click on Chromebook

Right-clicking serves many purposes that vary depending on the application. Often, right-clicking an object displays a context menu that presents options that aren't offered in other areas of the program. For example, right-clicking in a web browser displays options to print the current page or view its source code, among others.

A few Chromebook extensions, such as CrxMouse Chrome Gestures, add advanced touchpad functionality to Google Chrome.

How to Copy and Paste on Chromebook

Copying and pasting on Chromebook is similar to Windows and macOS. To copy text, highlight the desired characters, then right-click and select Copy from the context menu.

Use the Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut to copy highlighted text or files. To copy an image, right-click it and select Copy image.

To paste an item from the clipboard, right-click the destination and select Paste or use the Ctrl+V keyboard shortcut.

In Chrome OS 89 and later, you can save the last five items you copied so you can easily paste any or all of it without switching between windows. The keyboard shortcut is Everything Button + V.

How to Disable Tap-to-Click Functionality

If you prefer an external mouse, you may want to disable tap-to-click functionality to avoid accidental clicking while typing. To turn off tap-to-click:

  1. Select the Chrome OS taskbar in the lower-right corner of the screen and select the Settings gear from the menu.

    Chromebook Settings icon from taskbar
  2. Select Device in the left menu pane and then select Touchpad.

    Chromebook Device settings with Touchpad highlighted
  3. Locate Enable tap-to-click and use the toggle switch next to it to turn the tap-to-click feature on and off.

    The Enable tap-to-click setting for Chromebook

    Changes take effect immediately, so you must press down on the touchpad to turn tap-to-click back on.

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