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Tutorial – Right-Click On MacBook

Right-Click On MacBook
Written by Hassan Abbas

Are you searching how to right-click on a MacBook? You’re not alone. So many years ago Apple insisted that one mouse button was the way to move, not the two mouse buttons preferred by Windows users. The decision legacy becomes more confusing about how to right-tap on a Mac.

Also, after a wealth of two-button mice available for use with Macs, the question remains the same. Also, if you know how to right-tap on a Mac, there are lots of people who don’t know, as they moved from a PC to a Mac and they are not clear about the key combination like how to cut and paste on a Mac.

Well, it’s the fact that some popular Macs are Mac laptops with a multi-touch trackpad. It has no alternative way of highlighting a left or right button tap. The Force Touch trackpad on the latest Mac laptops takes multi-touch even further. However, some Mac users still not sure how to right-tap on one of these laptops.

There are actually some alternative methods to right-click on a Mac:

Press Control to Right-Tap

One method to right-tap on a Mac is to hit the Ctrl (or Control) key once you click the mouse button or the trackpad.

Don’t mix the Ctrl key with the Alt (or Option) key. The Ctrl key on a Mac is not the one located next to the space bar, it’s at the far end of the keyboard, on either the left or right side.

Use two fingers on a trackpad

While having a trackpad and like to right-tap, you can then use two fingers to tap.

Right-Click On MacBook

If it doesn’t work you might want to set it up in System Preferences. Head over to System Preferences either by tapping on the cog icon if it is in your Dock or by tapping on the Apple icon located at the top left of your display and the System Preferences. Then tap on Trackpad and in the Trackpad preferences choose: ‘Tap with two fingers’ rather than Secondary tap.

Click the edge of the trackpad

Perhaps two-finger clicking isn’t the most attractive way for you to right-tap. If that’s the case you can select to tap on the edge of your Trackpad when you like to right-tap.

If you want to set this preference up you like System Preferences again. This time, besides choosing ‘Click or tap with two fingers’ choose either ‘Click under the right corner’ or ‘Click in under the left corner’.

Right-tapping with the Force Touch trackpad on the MacBook

The latest Force Touch trackpad on the MacBook, 2018 MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro uses haptic feedback to fool you into thinking that you can use different levels of pressure to achieve taps. However, a deeper click opens up a contextual menu that is identical to a right-tap, but that isn’t necessarily the case.

If you need to right-tap, you can click with two fingers, or use it to click in the right or under edge as above. Or else you can hit and hold the trackpad to get the equivalent of a right-tap.

How to right-click on MacBook with an Apple mouse

After having an Apple Magic Mouse you might be looking at how to right-tap, after all, the mouse has no buttons at all. Apple’s mouse uses several of the same multi-touch gestures like the trackpad, but essentially, where you tap on the Mouse check the kind of tap you are performing.

Right-tapping on an Apple Magic Mouse is quite pretty intuitive. Well, you can also tap on the right of the mouse. If it doesn’t work then you might want to set it up in System Preferences.

Right-Click with any mouse

If you buy a mouse using two buttons to use Mac you can then use the right-tap as you would expect.

Right-Click On Mac – Why?

Right-clicks open up a level of interaction, with additional contextual menus that aren’t available to single clickers.

For instance, just right-click on a Word or Pages document and view options for cut, paste, modify the font, and also find synonyms.

Simply right-click on an open application’s icon in the Dock and select to quit it.

Depending on the difficulty of the program you are using the right-click alternatives are likely to add an additional layer of information that you would be lost without.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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