How to Right Click on A Mac
In Windows, users rely heavily on the right-click, which might make the transition to a Mac confusing or even frustrating at first. If this sounds like you, we have great news: if you have decided to switch over to a Mac product, you can continue to use your PC mouse to keep things familiar while you transition to a new operating system. In fact, it may be a good idea to start off that way before switching to the new buttonless Magic Mouse or Trackpad.
But if you are ready for a bold new start or are simply tired of PC, a complete switch to the buttonless options may be best for you. In that case, let’s learn about “secondary click,” or Apple’s right click.
Secondary click can be accessed two different ways, depending on your settings:
- Enter System Preferences, which can be found by going to the Apple in the top left hand corner of the screen. Once you open System Preferences go to: Trackpad or Mouse, depending on which you are using. Then select the “Point and Click” tab, and check Secondary Click. There is a down arrow below the words “Secondary Click,” and it allows you to choose from clicking on the right side of the mouse, left side of the mouse, or clicking with two fingers in order to see your right-click options. There is also a video that shows you exactly how to execute the option you have chosen.
- The second option is not as user friendly, but works if you don’t like using the mouse. Clicking the Control button and then Application will give you right-click options.
Personally, I use the click on right side of the trackpad setting. This helps keep everything simple, especially if you jump from using a PC to using a Mac.
Right Clicking on a MacBook
If you have a MacBook or a MacBook Pro, the steps to right-click are exactly the same as they are for the iMac. iMacs, MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and MacBook Airs all use the same operating systems, so functionality is the same across all platforms.
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