How to Right Click on a Mac Without a Mouse

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need to right-click on a Mac, but you don’t have a mouse? Whether you’re using a MacBook trackpad or an external trackpad, it’s actually quite easy to perform a right-click without a mouse. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to do it.

Using Two Fingers on the Trackpad

If you’re using a MacBook trackpad or an external trackpad with your Mac, one of the simplest ways to right-click is by using two fingers. Here’s how:

  1. Place two fingers (usually your index finger and middle finger) on the trackpad.

  2. With both fingers touching the trackpad, press down lightly and simultaneously.

  3. A context menu will appear, providing you with various options.

Using Control + Click

If you prefer not to use your fingers or if your trackpad doesn’t support multi-touch gestures, another method to right-click is by using the Control key along with a regular click. Follow these steps:

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

  2. Press and hold the Control key on your keyboard.

  3. While holding down the Control key, click the trackpad button (or single-click if using an external mouse).

  4. A context menu will appear just like it would with a traditional right-click.

Customizing Trackpad Settings for Right-Click

If neither of the above methods work for you, it’s possible that your trackpad settings are not configured correctly. You can easily customize the trackpad settings to enable right-click functionality. Here’s how:

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

  2. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

  3. In the System Preferences window, click on “Trackpad.”

  4. Navigate to the “Point & Click” tab.

  5. Check the box next to “Secondary click.”

  6. From the drop-down menu, choose either “Click in bottom right corner” or “Click in bottom left corner,” depending on your preference.


While using a mouse is undoubtedly the most convenient way to right-click on a Mac, it’s good to know that there are alternative methods available. Whether you’re using multi-touch gestures or utilizing keyboard shortcuts, you can easily perform a right-click without a mouse. Experiment with different methods and find the one that suits you best.

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