How to Set Up Right Click on Mac Trackpad

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

If you’re a Mac user, you might have noticed that the right-click functionality on the trackpad is not enabled by default. However, don’t worry!

Enabling right click on your Mac trackpad is a simple process. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to set up right click on your Mac trackpad.

Step 1: Accessing Trackpad Settings

To begin, click on the Apple icon located in the top left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select System Preferences.

Once in System Preferences, locate and click on the Trackpad icon.

Step 2: Enabling Right Click

In the Trackpad settings window, you’ll find various options to customize your trackpad experience. To enable right click, navigate to the Point & Click tab.

Note: Depending on your macOS version and trackpad model, this tab might be labeled slightly differently.

In the Point & Click tab, locate the checkbox that says “Secondary click”, and click on it to enable right-click functionality.

Troubleshooting Tip:

If you cannot find this option in your Trackpad settings or if it’s grayed out, it could be because you are using an older version of macOS or a non-compatible trackpad model.

Step 3: Customizing Right Click Options (Optional)

If you want to further customize your right-click options, such as changing the gesture or adjusting the sensitivity, you can do so by clicking on the “More Gestures” tab in the Trackpad settings.

Here, you can explore various trackpad gestures and customize them according to your preferences.

Step 4: Testing Right Click

Once you have enabled right click and made any desired customizations, it’s time to test it out. Go ahead and try right-clicking on an item or a blank space on your desktop.

If everything was set up correctly, a context menu will appear with options specific to the item or area you clicked on.

Troubleshooting Tip:

If right click still doesn’t work after following the above steps, try restarting your Mac. Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve minor software issues.


By following these simple steps, you can easily enable right click functionality on your Mac trackpad. Take advantage of this feature to enhance your productivity and ease of use while navigating through various applications and files on your Mac.

Note: The availability of certain features may vary depending on the macOS version and trackpad model you are using.

  • Step 1: Access System Preferences by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  • Step 2: Locate and select the Trackpad icon within System Preferences.
  • Step 3: In the Trackpad settings, go to the Point & Click tab and enable “Secondary click.”
  • Step 4: Optionally, customize additional right-click options in the More Gestures tab.
  • Step 5: Test right click by clicking on an item or blank space and verifying that a context menu appears.

Remember, having right click enabled on your Mac trackpad can greatly improve your efficiency and user experience. Enjoy exploring the various options and functionalities available at your fingertips!

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