If you’ve ever tried to follow a tutorial on how to do something on your Chromebook, you may have been told to right click somewhere. And if you’re using a real mouse, it’s quite obvious how to right click, you just click the right click button.
But, if you’re using your Chromebook’s trackpad, it’s not so obvious how it’s done, and you might be wondering if it’s even possible to right click on a Chromebook. Well, the good news is, it is possible to right click on a Chromebook, and in this article, I’m going to show you how it’s done.
Prefer to watch a video about how to right click on a Chromebook? Click here.
How To Right Click On Your Chromebook
As it turns out, there are actually two different ways you can right click on a Chromebook. Personally, I find the first way I’m about to show you is the quickest and easiest, but it’s worth trying out option 2 as well to see if you like that way better.
The first way to right click on your Chromebook is by using two fingers on the trackpad. To do that, just move your mouse cursor onto whatever it is you want to right click on just like you would if you were about to regularly click on it.
But then, instead of clicking with one finger, press two fingers down on the trackpad at the same time. (Similar to what you would do if you were scrolling).
And that’s it! Now you have just right clicked on whatever your mouse cursor was hovering over, and the right click menu should appear on your screen just as though you right clicked with a regular mouse!
It’s a little hard to explain this method with written words, so if it doesn’t quite make sense to you, I would recommend watching my video where I actually show you how it’s done.
So that was option one, as I said earlier, this is my preferred method for right clicking on a Chromebook, and after a while, it starts to become second nature. But, if you’re not a fan of this method, let’s take a look at option two.
The second way that you can right click on a Chromebook is by using the ctrl and alt keys while clicking normally. To do that, you’ll first need to move the mouse cursor to wherever you want to right click just like the first method.
But then, instead of clicking with two fingers on the trackpad, hold down both the “ctrl” and “alt” keys on your keyboard at the same time, and then, while still holding the keys down, click on the trackpad with one finger just like you normally would.
And that regular click will register as a right click, so now, you can let go of the keys, and if you look up at the screen, you’ll see the right click menu has appeared just like it would if you right clicked with a regular mouse.
So that’s all there is to it, whether you prefer option one or option two, now, whenever a tutorial says you need to right click on something, you’ll know how to do it!
And if you want more of these Chrome OS tips and tutorials, you’ll find them all here.