Great for motor-impaired people
The built-in ChromeOS auto-clicker automatically performs specific actions when your cursor stops. The tool allows you to left/right click, double-click, and select text without pressing your Chromebook’s touchpad or clicking mouse buttons.
It’s an accessibility-focused feature designed to help Chromebook users with motor impairments. This tutorial covers everything about enabling, using, and customizing the built-in auto-clicker on your Chromebook.
How to Enable Auto-Clicker on Chromebooks
- Open Settings, open the Accessibility tab (on the sidebar) and select Cursor and touchpad (or Mouse and touchpad).
- Turn on the Automatic clicks option.
Your Chromebook will select items or perform a left click when the mouse pointer stops moving. Point your cursor to the item you want to click/select and wait for a second.
Enable Auto-Clicker through Google Chrome
You can also enable the automatic clicker through your Chromebook’s browser.
- Open the Google Chrome browser, type or paste chrome://settings/accessibility/ in the address bar, and press Enter.
- Select Manage accessibility features. That’ll open the “Accessibility” page in your Chromebook’s settings app.
- Select Cursor and touchpad.
- Toggle on Automatic clicks.
Change the Auto-Clicker Delay
By default, the ChromeOS auto-clicker acts after a one-second delay. You can extend or reduce the delay to your preference on the “Cursor and touchpad” settings page.
Turn on Automatic clicks, expand the “Delay before click” drop-down menu, and choose how long your Chromebook pauses before performing an auto-click action.
The Floating Auto-Clicker Menu
A floating auto-clicker menu appears in the bottom-left corner of your Chromebook’s screen when you turn on “Automatic clicks.”
The menu packs the following types of clicks and actions:
- Left-click: This is the icon on the floating menu’s left wing. Select the icon to perform a left click when you point to an item.
- Right-click: Selecting this configures the auto-clicker to open the right-click context menu when your Chromebook’s cursor stops moving.
- Double-click: This instructs the auto-clicker to double-click an item.
- Click and drag: This action allows you to select text using the auto-clicker. Choose the Click and drag icon and place your cursor at the beginning of the text you want to select. Wait for the auto-click delay and move your cursor to the end of the text.
- Scroll: This allows you to navigate and scroll through web pages, documents, and any app using the auto-clicker. Select the Scroll icon to reveal the navigation bar.
Place your cursor on the page or app you want to navigate and wait for the auto-click delay. Afterward, hover your cursor on the left/right/up/down arrow keys or scroll options to navigate the page. Finally, press the X icon in the middle to close the navigation bar—the auto-clicker reverts to the left-click option.
- Pause or No action: Select this icon to suspend the auto-clicker from performing any action when the cursor stops moving. This option allows you to temporarily disable the auto-clicker without turning it off in the system menu.
- Toggle menu position: This action changes the location of the floating auto-clicker menu. Select the icon to move the floating move around the corners of your Chromebook’s display.
Customize Auto-Click Settings
In addition to increasing or decreasing the auto-click delay, there are other ways to configure your Chromebook’s auto-clicker.
Enable Automatic clicks in your Chromebook’s settings (Settings > Accessibility > Cursor and touchpad) and explore these automatic click features:
- Ignore Minor Cursor Movement: Enabling this setting prevents the auto-clicker from performing any action when you make minor or accidental mouse/cursor movements.
- Cursor Area Size: This setting allows you to change the cursor ring or area size. Open the drop-down menu and choose a preferred cursor area size—Extra small, Small, Default, Large, or Extra large.
- Revert to left-click after action: Toggle this on to have the auto-clicker revert to the left-click option after every action.
Disable Your Chromebook’s Auto-Clicker
Want to turn off the auto-click tool? Head to Settings > Accessibility > Cursor and touchpad and toggle off Automatic clicks.
Enjoy Stress-Free Navigation
Share this tutorial with any Chromebook users with motor impairments or related disabilities. They’ll thank you for it. Restart your Chromebook or update its operating system if you have trouble enabling or using the auto-clicker tool.