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While Chromebooks don’t have a separate right-click button on the touchpad, that doesn’t mean the function isn’t available. Should you need to right-click on something, there are a couple of ways to do so without the need to plug in a mouse.

Right-Click Using Two Fingers

The most straight-forward way of right-clicking on a Chromebook is to click the touchpad with two fingers. Just like that, a right-click context menu will appear.

However, you can take that simplicity one step further by enabling the “Tap-to-click” feature.

First, click on the clock to open the system menu and notification tray; then click on the Settings icon.

Click the time, then click on the Settings cog

Scroll to the bottom and click “Advanced.”

Under Settings, click advanced, located at the bottom of the page

Scroll a little bit further until you see the “Device” section. Click on “Touchpad.”

Under the Device section, click Touchpad

In the touchpad settings, toggle “Enable tap-to-click” to the on position.

Toggle Enable tap-to-click to the On position

Now, all you need to do is tap both fingers against the touchpad to perform a right-click, without the need to depress it completely.

Lightly tap two fingers on the touchpad to right-click

Right-Click Using a Keyboard Modifier

You can also execute a right-click by pressing the Alt key on the keyboard to modify the behavior of a regular click on the touchpad. Hold down “Alt” on the keyboard, then click on the touchpad. That’s it. You just performed a “right-click” on a Chromebook. Additionally, if you enabled “Tap-to-click” from the previous section, you can hold Alt and tap anywhere on the touchpad.

Right-click context menu


Although Chromebooks don’t have a right button on the touchpad, there are still ways that you can complete a right-click to access the context menu it hides.

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