First, ensure there is no “juice spill, ice cream or food stuff” sticking to the touchpad. Gently wipe the touchpad with a clean damp cloth, wipe or paper towel.
If your touchpad still doesn’t work, try these steps:
- Make sure there is no dust or dirt on the touchpad.
- Press the
Esckey several times.
- Drumroll your fingers on the touchpad for ten seconds.
- Turn your Chromebook off, then back on again.
Tip: If you tried the above steps or don’t find this utterly helpful, you can still reset your Chromebook hardware and resolve touchpad issues with a hard reset. In some cases, you might have to thoroughly wipe your Chromebook touchpad or restart the device before proceeding with the hard reset or reach out to a technician for further support. Perform a hard reset.
# How to Use Your Chromebook Touchpad
Use the onscreen simulator to learn how to use your touchpad.
|Move the pointer||Move your finger across the touchpad.|
|Click||Press or tap the lower half of the touchpad.|
|Right-click||Press or tap the touchpad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click with one finger.|
|Scroll||Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or left and right to scroll horizontally.|
|Move between pages||To go back to a page you were just on, swipe left with two fingers. To go forward to a page you were just on, swipe right with two fingers.|
|See all open windows||To see all open windows, swipe up with three fingers. To close it, swipe down with three fingers.|
|Close a tab||Point to the tab, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.|
|Open a link in a new tab||Point to the link, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.|
|Switch between tabs||If you have multiple browser tabs open, swipe left or right with three fingers.|
|Open or close overview||To open overview, swipe up with three fingers. To close it, swipe down with three fingers.|
|Switch between virtual desks||If you have multiple desks open, swipe left or right with four fingers.|
|Drag and drop||Using one finger, click and hold the item you want to move. Drag the item to its new spot, then release your finger.|