Right click on Chromebook: Usual right click methods and Chromebook Tricks

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Right click on Chromebook: Usual right click methods and Chromebook Tricks
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Right click on Chromebook: Chromebook’s basic operating system is missing a few functions.

Numerous people are migrating from a Windows laptop to Chromebook. However, Chromebook’s basic operating system means new users may find a few functions – such as the right click – a bit baffling at first.

How to right click on Chromebook:

Unless you use a plugged-in a mouse, you have likely realised your touchpad does not respond to the usual right-click methods.

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These methods include tapping or clicking in the lower-right corner of the touchpad. So what happens if you want to bring up a context or shortcut menu?

Fortunately there is only a slightly different method of accessing the right click function on Chromebook.

In the Chromebook OS, you perform the right-click function by tapping the touchpad with two fingers.

Another option is to hold down the Alt key and tap or click the touchpad with a single finger.

Chromebook users can then choose whichever menu item they want with a regular (single-finger) tap or click.

Chromebook right click: Users may find their Chromebook a bit baffling at first

Chromebook right click: Users may find their Chromebook a bit baffling at first (Image: Getty)

Other Chromebook tips and tricks:

Alt + Search: Chromebook keyboards have a caps-lock key complete with a magnifying glass on it.

Instead of locking caps, this key calls up Chrome OS’s search window.

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Shift + Escape: This is the Chrome OS equivalent of the Windows Ctrl-Alt-Delete.

Shift-Esc calls up Chrome’s Task Manager allowing users to views which apps are using the most system resources and force quit an unresponsive app.

Chromebook right click:It is simple to transition from a traditional laptop to a Chromebook

Chromebook right click: It is simple to transition from a traditional laptop to a Chromebook (Image: Getty)

Search + L: User this keyboard combination when you get up from your Chromebook to lock it.

You will be required to enter you password upon your return to unlock it.

Ctrl + Shift + Q(x2): Hold down Ctrl and Shift and hit the Q key twice to log out of your Chromebook.

Alt + 1-9: This opens the leftmost app pinned to the shelf, for example, while Alt-9 opens the rightmost app.

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Alt + [ or ]: These two shortcuts are great for multitasking. The left bracket combo docks the active window to the left side of your screen, and the right bracket does the opposite, letting you quickly set up side-by-side windows.

Alt + -: Alt plus the minus-sign key minimises your active window.

Once your desktop is clear, this combo will restore the last window you minimised.

Alt + =: Alt plus the equals key stretches your current active window across your desktop.

You can use the full-screen key (found in the F4 spot) to go full screen.

Chromebook right click: You have likely realised your touchpad does not respond to the usual right-click methods

Chromebook right click: You have likely realised your touchpad does not respond to the usual right-click methods (Image: Getty)

Alt + backspace: The backspace key deletes the character to the left of your cursor.

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To get this Windows delete-key functionality on a Chromebook, just hold down the Alt key when you backspace.

Ctrl + ‘switch window’ key: The switch window key is usually found in the F5 spot on a Chromebook keyboard.

When combined with the Ctrl key, it takes a screenshot of your entire desktop and saves it to your Downloads folder.

Ctrl + Alt + /: It is easier to think of this combination as using the ? symbol, which is the shifted version of the forward-slash.

If you have a question about keyboard shortcuts, Ctrl + Alt + / – calls up a keyboard overlay to show you the various keyboard shortcuts available for Chrome OS.

Is Chromebook Stuck On Right Click Fix touchpad problems

If your touchpad stops working, try these steps:

  • Make sure there is no dust or dirt on the touchpad.
  • Press the Esc key several times.
  • Drumroll your fingers on the touchpad for ten seconds.
  • Turn your Chromebook off, then back on again.
  • Perform a hard reset.
  • If you have more than one account on your Chromebook, delete the account that has problems with the touchpad, then re-add the account.

If none of these steps work, contact your Chromebook manufacturer.

Best Chromebooks of 2020

1. Google Pixelbook

The Google Pixelbook is a high performance Chromebook.

At-a-glance features

  • 10.3mm thin with a 4-in-1 design
  • Google Assistant built in
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life

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CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8 – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, QHD (2,400 x 1,600) touchscreen | Storage: 128GB – 512GB

2. Microsoft Surface X Pro

Surface Pro X was designed for you, with blazing-fast speed, support and a choice of Microsoft SQ® 1 and new Microsoft SQ® 2 processors.

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Display: Screen: 13” PixelSense™ Display | Resolution: 2880×1920 (267 PPI) | Aspect ratio: 3:2 | Touch: 10 point multi-touch | Memory: 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM

3. New Inspiron 14 5402

The new Inspiron 5000 35.56 cm (14) laptop strikes the perfect balance of portability and performance with ExpressCharge™, lid-open sensors and 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.

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