Computers, Laptops & Tablets Google 24 24 people found this article helpful How to Right-Click on Chromebook Copy, paste, and more on Chrome OS By Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated February 11, 2020 Google Microsoft Apple Google Tablets Accessories & Hardware Tweet Share Email Knowing how to right-click on Chromebook is essential if you want to copy and paste text or access hidden menus. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to right-click using the Chromebook touchpad, the keyboard, or an external mouse. Instructions in this article apply to laptops running Chrome OS. How to Right-click on the Chromebook Touchpad Most Chromebooks have a rectangular touchpad with no extra buttons. Tapping or pressing down anywhere on the touchpad with one finger will result in a left-click. To perform a right-click, hover your cursor over the item that you wish to select and tap the touchpad using two fingers. If you have an external mouse connected to your Chromebook, you should be able to use the right-click button. Lifewire / Scott Orgera How to Right Click With the Chromebook Keyboard You can also right-click using the touchpad in combination with the keyboard. Hover your cursor over the item that you want to right-click, then hold down the Alt key and tap the touchpad with one finger. Lifewire / Scott Orgera Right-Clicking on Chromebook Right-clicking can serve a number of purposes that vary depending on the application. Often, right-clicking an object displays a context menu that presents options not always offered in other areas of the program. For example, right-clicking within web browser will display options to print the active page or view its the source code among others. There are a few Chromebook extensions, such as CrxMouse Chrome Gestures, that add advanced touchpad functionality to Google Chrome. How to Copy and Paste on Chromebook Copying and pasting on Chromebook is very similar to Windows and macOS. To copy text, highlight the desired characters, then right-click and select Copy from the context menu. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + C 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 on the destination and select Paste, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V. If you are copying specially formatted text, use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + V to maintain its original formatting when pasting. How to Disable Tap-to-Click Functionality Chromebook users who prefer an external mouse may want to disable tap-to-click functionality altogether to avoid accidental clicking while typing. To turn off tap-to-click: Select the Chrome OS taskbar in the bottom-right corner of your screen and select the Settings gear. Select Device in the left pane, then select Touchpad. Select Enable tap-to-click to toggle the tap-to-click feature on and off. Changes will take effect immediately, so you must press down on the touchpad to turn tap-to-click back on.