How to Enable Touchpad Gestures on Chromebook

Over the past few months, Chrome OS has been getting many of the affordable laptop features we’ve been wanting for a long time. For example, you can now use full-fledged desktop apps using Linux and play games on Chromebooks using Steam. Other than that, the Chromebook now allows seamless login using your Android device. All these features have made Chromebooks from a children’s laptop to a competitor for the mainstream laptop market. Finally, we have the touchpad gestures on the Chromebook that have gone through many improvements and additions. So let’s go ahead and learn about the new touchpad gestures currently available on the Chromebook.

Enable Some Interesting Touchpad Gestures on Chromebook

Chromebooks already have 3-finger swipe gestures for tab switching and the overview menu, but Some really cool gestures have been disabled in Chrome Flags. In this section, I’ll show you how to enable touchpad gestures for virtual desktops and swipe to refresh on Chromebooks.

1. First of all, to enable touchpad gestures for virtual desktops chrome://flags and search for “virtual table gestures”. Moreover copy and paste the following address into Chrome to open the specific flag directly. Now enable the flag and click the “Restart” button.


2. After enabling this flag, now you can swipe 4 fingers left or right to switch between virtual desktops. This is great, isn’t it? And the best part is that the transition is very smooth and it almost always works.

3. Next “Pull down to refresh” gesture. 2-finger swipe is already enabled in Chrome OS to go back or forward, while in Android the refresh gesture we have is disabled. Turn on the following flag in the Chrome browser to enable it. Now enable the flag and restart your Chromebook.


Enable Some Interesting Touchpad Gestures on Chromebook

4. Finally, you can: Swipe 2 fingers down to refresh the web page. Enjoy touchpad gestures on Chromebook.

Maximize Your Productivity on Chromebook with Touchpad Gestures

These are the two hidden gestures you need to enable in Chrome OS right now. Having been using Chromebooks for the past month, I’ve found that gestures make the experience so much better when dealing with multiple apps. So go ahead and use the moves to your maximum advantage. While you’re here, you can also check out our article on how to take a screenshot on a Chromebook. Anyway, that’s it for us. If you found the article informative, comment below and let us know.

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