Identify how to properly use a Chromebook Touchpad.
Effectively use a Chromebook Touchpad in application.
Where is the TOUCHPAD on a Chromebook?
This is the Chromebook Touchpad
The Chromebook TOUCHPAD Defined:
A Chromebook TOUCHPAD is a mouse controller that comes built into a Chromebook. The touchpad on the Chromebook is a lot like most touchpads that are on laptop computers. The Chromebook Touchpad does a lot more than just move the mouse pointer / cursor around on the screen. It has many functions. Among the many tasks that you can perform on a Chromebook with it's touchpad, are clicking to make a selection, moving on-screen objects, scrolling vertically and horizontally, highlighting existing text within a document, zooming in and out, revealing available windows, and even scrolling browsing history.
How To Use The Chromebook TOUCHPAD:
Move the Mouse Pointer:
To move the mouse pointer/cursor across the screen, lightly place one finger on the touchpad and move it in any direction. The cursor will move on the screen as you move your finger on the touchpad.
Single Click to Select:
Click on-screen buttons and links by pressing down on the bottom half of the touchpad ONE time until you feel or hear a click.
Double Click To Open:
Open a file by pressing down on the bottom half of the touchpad TWO times quickly. Just like the Single Click function, you will feel or hear the touch pad click.
Scroll The Screen Vertically (Up and Down):
Scroll vertically by placing two fingers on the touchpad and moving them up and down; moving them left and right scrolls horizontally.
Right-click by pressing down with TWO fingers. A Pop Up Menu will appear and you can then move the mouse pointer on to the menu and single click on your selection.
Moving Objects (Drag & Drop):
Drag an on-screen item by simultaneously pressing (and holding down) the touchpad with ONE finger on one hand and moving the pointer using ONE finger on the other hand. Drop the object by letting go of the touchpad with both fingers.
Watch a Video Tutorial:
Click Bongo, the character on the left, and lift him above the seesaw. Drop him to make Beanie dive into the water. It might take a few tries! Game Credits: minimouse.us
Zoom (IN and OUT):
You need TWO fingers to zoom in or out on a touchpad. You can use your pointer finger and your thumb or you can use your pointer finger and your tall man finger. To zoom OUT, place two fingers together on the touchpad and slide them apart from each other on an angle toward opposite corners of the touchpad. To zoom IN, place two fingers apart on the touchpad in an angled position on two opposite corners and slide them on the touchpad together.
Find the Scroll Bar. Scroll by simultaneously pressing (and holding down) with ONE finger with one hand while the mouse pointer is on the Scroll Bar and moving the mouse pointer using ONE finger on the other hand. This is just like the Drag and Drop or Move function except you are moving the Scroll Bar.
Select Text (Highlight):
Highlight existing text (letters, numbers, spaces, characters) by simultaneously pressing (and holding down) with ONE finger on one hand and moving the pointer using ONE finger on the other hand.
Open A Window or an App:
You can reveal all available windows by placing THREE fingers on the touchpad and swiping up simultaneously. You can then single click on the desired window to make it active and bring it to the front.
Forward/Backward Browser Navigation: **This may not be activated!
While you are in the Chrome browser, use TWO fingers to swipe from left to right across the touchpad to go back in your browsing history. While in the Chrome browser, use TWO fingers to swipe right to left across the touchpad to go forward in your browsing history.
Close A Tab:
A quick, THREE finger click anywhere on a tab in the browser will close that tab.
Open A Link In A New Tab:
A THREE finger click ON A LINK will automatically open it in a NEW TAB.
Alternate Ways to Use A Chromebook TOUCHPAD:
Google has implemented several different ways to perform the same function. This is most likely to accommodate users transitioning from other devices such as the mouse or a laptop touchpad, which has two buttons like the mouse. These are a few quick ways to use the touchpad and keyboard together.
Right Click With TouchPad and Keyboard:
Hold down the Alt key and click the touchpad. This will bring up a Pop Up Menu with several command options.
Highlight Text With Touchpad and Keyboard:
Click on one side of the content you want to highlight. Then, holding down the Shift key, click on the other side of the content. The text is highlighted. This is particularly useful when you want to copy a body of text. Hint: Alt-click on the highlighted text to reveal options like Copy or Cut.
Take Google Support's Online Tutorial:
Image and link Source: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/1047367?hl=en
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