How to Do Right Click on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a new Mac user and can’t figure out how to perform a right-click? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Although Macs are known for their sleek design and intuitive interface, the absence of a dedicated right-click button can be confusing for some users. In this article, we’ll walk you through different methods to perform a right-click on your Mac.

Method 1: Two-Finger Click

If you’re using a MacBook with a trackpad, the easiest way to do a right-click is by using the two-finger click gesture. Here’s how:

  1. Place two fingers on the trackpad.

  2. Press down on the trackpad with your two fingers simultaneously.

  3. A context menu will appear, displaying various options.

  4. Select the desired option from the menu by moving your cursor over it and releasing your fingers.

Method 2: Control + Click

If you’re using an external mouse or a Magic Trackpad, another way to perform a right-click is by using the Control key in combination with a click. Follow these steps:

  1. Position your cursor on the item or area where you want to perform a right-click.

  2. Hold down the Control key on your keyboard.

  3. While holding down the Control key, click (left-click) with your mouse or trackpad.

  4. A context menu will appear, allowing you to choose an option from the list.


Make sure that you release the Control key after clicking to avoid accidentally triggering additional actions.

Method 3: Enable Secondary Click

If you prefer a more traditional right-click experience, you can enable the secondary click option. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Apple menu at the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

  3. In the System Preferences window, click on “Trackpad” or “Mouse,” depending on your input device.

  4. In the Trackpad or Mouse settings, navigate to the “Point & Click” tab.

  5. Check the box next to “Secondary click,” if it’s not already checked.

  6. You can choose whether you want the secondary click to be performed using the right or left side of your mouse or trackpad.

Once enabled, you can perform a right-click by simply clicking with two fingers on your trackpad or by using Control + Click with an external mouse or Magic Trackpad.

If you’re using an older Mac model with a physical right-click button, you don’t need to follow these methods. Simply use the dedicated button as you would on any other computer.

Now that you know different methods to perform a right-click on your Mac, navigating through menus and accessing context-specific options will be a breeze. Experiment with these techniques and find what works best for you!

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