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How to Right-Click On Mac

Knowing how to right-click on a Mac is essential given the plethora of tasks that require it.

If you want to open any secondary menus for instance, you’ll need to right-click, and on a Mac, it isn’t as convenient as it is on Windows. 

However, once you know how to do it, you’ll be clicking away like nobody’s business, and luckily, there’s a handy few different ways to do it. Here are all of your options.

Hardware Used

The Short Version

  • Press control while using your mouse
  • Press control while using your trackpad
  • Press your trackpad with two fingers
  • Assign a corner of your trackpad as right-click
  • Use a two-button mouse
  1. Step

    Press control while using your mouse

    One of the easiest ways to right-click on a Mac, if you’re using Apple’s standard Magic Mouse with its single button, is to hold down the Control key while you click.

  2. Step

    Press control while using your trackpad

    The same also goes for if you’ve got a MacBook, as you can press your trackpad and the Ctrl key down at the same time to right-click.

  3. Step

    Press your trackpad with two fingers

    If you’ve got a MacBook, you can also just press the trackpad down with two fingers to right-click. This can take a little bit of getting used to, but once you’re acclimatised, it’s a doddle.

  4. Step

    Assign a corner of your trackpad as right-click

    I’s also possible to assign a corner of your trackpad as a right-click to save you using two fingers.

    Simply head into System Preferences and click on Trackpad. Under the Secondary Click menu, there’s a drop-down which allows you to either choose two-finger click for enabling right-click, or assigning the bottom left- or right-corner for right-click.

  5. Step

    Use a two button mouse

    There’s also the option of using a two-button mouse to enable right-click. Having a two-button mouse means you don’t have to use keyboard shortcuts or venture into the settings.


How do you right-click on a Mac without a mouse or trackpad?

Hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard, and then press the ‘5’ key on the number pad. If your Mac doesn’t have a number pad, then you can click Ctrl, Fn and the letter I instead.

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