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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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

FAQs

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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