The touchpad has expanded the range of options that users can have access to in order to manipulate, navigate, and exert power over how they interact with the content on their screen. I’m not saying that the days of the mouse are numbered, but there are many things that a touchpad interface allows the user to do.
- To access the Touchpad settings on your Chromebook, click on your avatar in the bottom-right corner of the screen and from the pop-up menu click on the gear icon for ‘Settings.’
- In Settings, scan down the list until you find the ‘Device’ heading (you can also use the built-in ‘Search settings’ tool and enter the keyword “touchpad”).
- Use the slider provided to adjust the speed of your touchpad cursor.
- Click on the ‘Touchpad settings’ button to access additional options.
- From this menu, you can…
- Enable tap-to-click: Your touchpad will interpret a tap as a left-click action, without the need to actually press down on the touchpad.
- Choose between Traditional scrolling (swipe up to move up the page) or Australian scrolling (swipe up to move down the page). This is the same interface as is found on most mobile devices (i.e. tablets & smart phones).
- CLICK: Select an item on the screen by pressing down with a single finger.
- SCROLL: Instead of hunting for the scroll bar, use two fingers to scroll up and down a document, web page, or anything that is longer than your screen.
- RIGHT CLICK: Two-fingers pressed down displays the right-click menu of possible options, depending on the item being selected.
- SWIPE: Using two fingers, swipe left or right to move back or forward through your browsing history page by page.
Touchpad Gestures 3.0
When you use three fingers to SWIPE left or right, the Chromebook will cycle through each of the tabs currently open in the active window.
When you SWIPE down with three fingers, the Chromebook will zoom out to reveal all of the different windows that are open. This includes multiple windows from the same app as well as windows from different applications. You can then select which window you would like to bring to the front by clicking on it. NOTE: The swipe direction is affected by the touchpad setting (i.e. traditional or Australian scrolling).