How to Right-Click on a Mac

How to Right-Click on a Mac with Magic Mouse | 2021

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Apr 24, 2021

How to Right-Click on a Mac

The Mac is a beautiful, powerful machine with an elegant desktop interface. But if you recently made the switch and are baffled by how to right-click on Mac, here’s what you need to know: several different ways work just as well—or better! And Apple mice or trackpads have never had this secondary button, so it always feels new when we first encounter these methods of interacting in their OS.

If you connect a third-party mouse to your Mac, macOS should automatically recognize the secondary button and map it to the system’s right-click functions without any additional configuration. 

On the other hand, if you’re using an Apple Magic Mouse or MacBook’s built-in trackpad or Magic Trackpad, you can do one of the following steps to gain equivalent right-click functionality.

How to Right-Click on a Mac with Magic Trackpad or MacBook Trackpad

Did you know that macOS has a built-in preference for enabling right-clicking on your MacBook Trackpad or Magic Trackpad? Follow these steps to enable secondary click.

1. Click the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your Mac’s screen.

How to Right-Click on a Mac with Magic Trackpad or MacBook Trackpad

2. Click System Preferences.

3. Choose the Trackpad icon in the preferences panel.

    How to Right-Click on a Mac with Magic Trackpad or MacBook Trackpad

    4. Select the Point & Click tab.

    5. Now, click the checkbox next to Secondary click

    How to Right-Click on a Mac with Magic Trackpad or MacBook Trackpad

    With Secondary click enabled, tapping the trackpad with two fingers simultaneously performs a right-click action. If you tap on Click next to “Click with 2” and then select either left or right corner of your screen, it will perform that function instead – great for those who have difficulties using their hands due to repetitive stress injuries!

    How to Right-Click on Mac with Magic Mouse

    Did you know that macOS has a built-in preference for enabling right-clicking on your Magic Mouse? Follow these steps to enable secondary click.

    1. Click the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your Mac’s screen.

    How to Right-Click on a Mac with Magic Trackpad or MacBook Trackpad

    2. Click System Preferences.

    3. Choose the Mouse icon in the preferences panel.

      How to Right-Click on a Mac with Magic Trackpad or MacBook Trackpad

      4. Select the Point & Click tab.

      5. Now, click the checkbox next to Secondary click

      How to Right-Click on a Mac with Magic Trackpad or MacBook Trackpad

       

      In addition to the two preference options outlined above, macOS provides an alternative method of secondary clicking. Those who have a keyboard with Control keys and not separate mouse buttons (such as on laptops) holding down that Control (Ctrl) key when you click are the equivalent of a right-click on any old computer mouse.

      The Control key performs the same modifying function when you press down on a MacBook’s trackpad or an Apple Magic Trackpad while holding it.

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