How to Right Click on a Chromebook in 2022 [Two Ways]

Chrome OS may look completely different from other heavy desktop operating systems, but its basic functionality is almost the same. Just like Windows, you can use a keyboard shortcut to quickly take screenshots on your Chromebook. Other than that, you can enable Caps Lock key on your Chromebook by simply changing the settings. When it comes to right-clicking on Chromebooks, the steps are the same for Windows and macOS. We’ve mentioned two ways to right-click on a Chromebook in this guide, so follow the step-by-step instructions.

Right click on Chromebook (2022)

You can open your Chromebook’s context menu in two easy ways: with the touchpad only or by using both the keyboard and the touchpad. Expand the table below to see how these two methods work.

Right click on your Chromebook using the touchpad

Before you can right-click on Chromebooks, you must first check whether the tap-to-click feature is enabled or not. Here’s how to do it, then use the touchpad to right-click on your computer:

1. First, open the Quick Settings panel on the bottom right and go to Settings.

open settings on chrome os

2. Next, head to “Device -> Touchpad” and check if the “Enable touch to click” the toggle is enabled or not. If enabled, continue to the next step to find out how right-clicking works on Chrome OS.

Disable touch to click on your Chromebook

3. With that out of the way, you need to press the touchpad with two fingers to right-click on your Chromebook. You can also press the touchpad with two fingers and the context menu will open.

Right click on your Chromebook with touchpad and keyboard

Right click on your Chromebook using the keyboard

Apart from that, you can also use your keyboard to right click on your Chromebook. Just press and hold the “Alt” key on the keyboard and press the touchpad with one finger to right-click. Now you will know whether the right click worked or not if a pop-up menu opens on your screen.

Right click on your Chromebook with touchpad and keyboard

How to Disable Touch to Click on Your Chromebook

Some old-school users like to press hard on the touchpad to click rather than just type. Fortunately, Chrome OS has a way to disable this. Disabling it also helps in scenarios where you accidentally touch the trackpad and the active window moves to something else. To avoid such cases, you can disable touch to click.

1. Open the Quick Settings panel in the lower right corner. Here, click on the gear wheel icon to open the Settings page.

Disable touch to click

2. Then go to “Devicein the left pane, then open “Touchpad”.

Disable touch to click

3. Here, disable “Tap to click”, and you’re done. From now on, you’ll need to tap the trackpad with two fingers to open your Chromebook’s context menu.

Disable touch to click

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I right click on a Chromebook?

Simply press the touchpad with two fingers and the context menu will open on your Chromebook.

How do I right click on a Chromebook with the keyboard?

Press and hold the “Alt” key on the keyboard and tap the trackpad with one finger. This will instantly open the context menu.

How do I disable tap-to-click on a Chromebook?

Open the Settings page on your Chromebook and navigate to Device -> Touchpad. Here, turn off the toggle for “tap to click”.

So these are the two ways to open the context menu on Chrome OS. If you have a motor impairment, you can enable Auto Clicks on your Chromebook to automatically press the button just by hovering over it. This is surely one of the best accessibility features of Chrome OS. Anyway, if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.