Macs still come with a mouse or trackpad that only has one obvious button. However, regardless of the input device, you can right-click. You can even customize the click to suit your taste. In addition to showing you how to right-click a Mac, we’ll also show you how to set it up if it’s not already activated on your computer.
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How to enable the right mouse button on a Mac
To get started, you need to make sure that right-click is enabled. Here’s how to right-click on a Mac with a compatible mouse or trackpad, and even customize it for left-handers.
- Open System Preferences and click either Mouse or Trackpad depending on the device you are using.
- On the Point and Click tab, make sure that Secondary Click is enabled.
- If you’re using a mouse, right-click below is selected by default. Click on it and select Click on Left Side if you’d rather switch where the click is from.
- If you’re using a trackpad, select the gesture you want to right-click. By default, two fingers must be pressed on the trackpad.
Here’s how to right click on a Mac
Once you’ve activated a right click, the action is easy to perform. With the Apple Magic Mouse or Mighty Mouse, all you typically have to do is click the appropriate side of the mouse – it can be a physical button, but the device can tell which side you pressed. If you’re using a MacBook trackpad, whatever gesture you set (two-finger press by default) is right-click.
Third-party mice work just like they do on Windows and other computers that normally right-click. If you have an older Apple mouse or have deactivated Secondary Click, you can still perform the action. All you have to do is hold down the controls on your keyboard while you click.