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Customize Your Chromebook Touchpad Settings

Your Chromebook’s touchpad comes with a bunch of customization options. Ready to personalize your touchpad settings?

Accessing Chromebook touchpad settings

To access your Chromebook’s touchpad settings:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click Device > Touchpad.

Now, time to review these touchpad settings in detail.

Enable tap-to-click

The first option that you see under Touchpad is tap-to-click. This, as the name suggests, lets you simply tap instead of clicking.

For example, you can use a single tap to select an item instead of a single click. In the same way, you can use double-tap instead of double-click.

Use the toggle to enable or disable tap-to-click.

Chromebook Tap-to-click

Enable tap dragging

By default, the way to drag something around on the screen is to touch and click and hold with one finger and then drag using the other.

When you have tap-dragging enabled, you can double-tap something and then start dragging. However, it is very tricky to use. (Pro tip: Do not let go after the second click.)

Change touchpad speed

The next option you might want to customize on your Chromebook is the touchpad speed. Chrome OS gives you slider with Slow on the left and Fast on the right to adjust touchpad speed.

Adjust your touchpad speed using this slider. Test it each time you change the speed. Adjust this to your liking.

Touchpad speed

Change Scrolling Direction

Scrolling direction is a controversial topic. Which direction is the right direction? If you ask me, it doesn’t matter. The scrolling direction that works for you is the right direction.

If you enable Reverse scrolling, the contents of the screen will move up when you scroll down. If you turn this off, you the contents of the screen will move to the direction that you are scrolling.

Chromebook scroll direction

These options let you customize your Chromebook’s touchpad. Is there any feature that you think the Chrome OS team should add here? Let us now in the comments section.

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2 responses to “Customize Your Chromebook Touchpad Settings”

  1. I’d like to see Chrome adopt the Windows feature “Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key”, which causes a visual “sonar ping” effect making it easy to locate the pointer. In Win 10 this is found under Settings > Devices > Mouse > Additional mouse options > Pointer Options.

  2. There should be an option to create virtual buttons on the digitizer. Eg like the old laptops with trackpads and the two mouse buttons below the digitizer. Mac OS allows that.


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