How to Right Click on Mac

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If you sit in front of a Mac, you will see that its mouse has only one button to click on. However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to right-click anymore. The only thing that differs here is that you should use the Mac keyboard or buy a separate mouse to do so.

There are four methods to right-click on Mac listed below. Just read them and choose the most convenient for you.

Method 1: Control-clicking –

  1. Press and hold the Control key while you click the mouse button.

  2. Choose the menu item you want. When you click Control, the appropriate contextual menu will show up.

  3. Release the keys after clicking.

The first method works for a mouse with 1 button, a MacBook trackpad, or MacBook with the built-in button on the standalone Apple trackpad.

Method 2: Two-Finger –

  1. Open System Preferences under the Apple menu and click Trackpad.

  2. Open Point & Click tab and enable the Secondary click checkbox “Click or tab with two fingers”.

  3. A short video example of the proper way to click will appear.

  4. To test the video, go to Finder and place 2 fingers on the Trackpad. A contextual menu will show up.

The second method works with all trackpad surfaces.

Method 3: Corner Click –

  1. Open System Preferences under the Apple menu and click Trackpad.

  2. Open Point & Click tab and enable the Secondary click checkbox “Click in bottom right corner” (if you prefer, you may choose the bottom left corner).

  3. A short video example of the proper way to click will appear.

  4. To test the video, go to Finder and place 2 fingers on the Trackpad. A contextual menu will show up.

The third method works with the Apple Trackpad.

Method 4: Using an External Mouse –

  1. Buy a two button mouse – any mouse can be programmed to work on a Mac.

  2. Connect the new mouse to your Mac – wait for a Bluetooth mouse to be discovered, or connect it via the USB and follow the steps it came with.

  3. Enable the right-click if needed

  • Go to the Apple menu, click System Preferences and then Mouse.

  • Select the setting “Enable Secondary Click” and you should be able to use the right-click button of your mouse. 

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