Connect a Mouse or Keyboard to Your Chomebook

By Mark LaFay

With your Chromebook, it is possible through USB or Bluetooth to work more easily with a mouse or keyboard. Sometimes when duty calls, you have to post up and work on your computer for hours on end. Spending hours upon hours using a smaller keyboard and touchpad may make your mobile-computing experience a bit of a grind.

To make things easier, it’s sometimes nice to have a separate keyboard or mouse that can be plugged in and used with your laptop. To connect a USB keyboard or mouse to your Chromebook, you just need to locate the USB port on the side of your computer and insert the USB connector for your device in the port.

Your USB connector can only go in one way, so don’t force it. Your Chromebook automatically detects the new keyboard and applies all existing keyboard settings to it.

If your keyboard or mouse and your Chromebook are Bluetooth-enabled, then no cable is necessary! Connect your Bluetooth keyboard or mouse by following these steps:

  1. Click the status area in the bottom-right of the desktop.

    The settings panel opens.

  2. Select Bluetooth.

  3. If your Bluetooth is disabled, click to enable it.

    Chromebook begins searching for available Bluetooth devices.

  4. Ensure your Bluetooth keyboard/mouse is enabled and wait for it to appear in in the Bluetooth list.

  5. Select your keyboard/mouse from the list and follow any instructions that appear.

  6. When connecting a keyboard, enter the randomized pin on the keyboard to ensure it’s the correct device.

    Upon successfully pairing your keyboard with your Chromebook, your Bluetooth keyboard assumes all existing keyboard settings, and you can start typing immediately.

  7. When connecting a mouse (optional): After your mouse has been plugged in or paired and Chromebook has identified it, you can configure it to be a “left-handed” mouse — that is, to swap the functionality of the left and right mouse buttons — by following these steps:

    • Open the settings panel and choose Settings.

    • Scroll down to the Device section and select Touchpad Settings.

      The Touchpad dialog box appears.

    • Select the Swap Primary Mouse check box, then click OK.

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