If you are new to Chromebooks or new to using laptops in general without all of the peripherals and accouterments that you're used to (like an external keyboard, monitor, and mouse), then you might be facing a bit of a learning curve when it comes to usability and navigability shortcuts. For example, what's the best way to select blocks of text to copy/paste? Or even better still, how do you perform something as basic as a "right-click" on a Chromebook trackpad to perform simple operations like copy and paste? Have no fear. I'll walk you through just how easy it is to do once you learn this simple trick.
How to perform a "right-click" on a Chromebook trackpad
You'll be either ecstatic or shocked at how simple and how powerful this one little action is.
- Place two fingers on your Chromebook trackpad (preferably the index and middle).
- Gently press both fingers down on the trackpad.
- Scroll your finger over the contextual menu that pops up and select which action you wish.
Click on the action you selected.
Amazing, right? Now you can be more productive when working on the couch, at the park, or socially distancing at a coffee shop or restaurant. And best of all, you don't have to worry about bringing along extra accessories like a mouse (that needs its own wires, batteries, charging, etc.).
Our top equipment picks
If you're in the market for a great new Chromebook, take a look at the laptop that is consistently on the top of our Best Chromebooks roundup.
AC's favorite Chromebook
The Lenovo Chromebook C340 has a near-perfect balance of price, performances, and aesthetics. You get USB-A and USB-C ports, a touchscreen, a 360 convertible hinge, and even a pretty pink option.
If portability is important to you, take a look at these accessories.
Kavalan Lap Desk ($58 at Amazon)
If you regularly work from bed, on the couch, or even sitting on the floor, then you need a good lap desk. This one has pads for your legs, and enough room to hold a mouse if you really feel like you need one.
AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve Case (From $9 at Amazon)
Protect your Chromebook when you're not using it, or when you're lugging it from the coffee shop and back. This one is available in a half-dozen sizes and colors; perfect for just about any Chromebook.
Logitech Pebble M350 Mouse ($30 at Amazon)
If you still want to use a mouse with your Chromebook, then this is a great one to pick up. It uses Bluetooth to connect, and its easy-to-change batteries last practically forever.
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These are the best USB microphones for your laptop
Finding a good USB microphone for a Chromebook isn't as easy as plucking one off a shelf because of the potential compatibility issues, but there are options. We've done the work to find the best plug-and-play options that will ensure you can talk all you want without technical fuss.
Just throw your Chromebook into one of these sleeves and get going
If you don't want to fuss with a backpack to travel with your Chromebook, then you might want to check out using a sleeve. These still offer great protection without the added bulk of lugging around a bag with you all day long.
Need a replacement USB-C charger for your Chromebook? Got you covered.
USB-C is the single best thing to ever happen to laptop chargers, and now that basically all recent Chromebooks use it, you can buy a reliable spare charger, replacement charger, or travel charger without costing an arm and a leg.