How To Right Click On Your Macbook

Do you know those things that you never really think about because you’ve been so used to them working in a certain way that you unconsciously assume that they will always work that way regardless of what product you were using until you found out that they apparently don’t?
Doing a right click on your MacBook is probably one of those — or at least if you were a former Windows user who has just recently switched to a Mac and you are still trying to familiarize yourself with your new computer.
You see, on most mice brands available in the market (which are primarily designed to work with Windows-based PCs) there is a clear line that separates the left side from the right side, so if you want to do a left click, you simply click on the left side. If you want to do a right click, you simply click on the right side.
On the Magic Mouse, Apple’s own trademarked mouse, you might notice that this distinctive line is missing. This may leave you feeling a little confused about how you’re going to perform a right click on your MacBook when you’re not even sure which is the left side of your mouse and which one is the right, but don’t let that detail worry you because there are still many ways to do that on your Mac.

How to Right Click on Your MacBook Using Your Mouse and a Keyboard Shortcut

While the Magic Mouse doesn’t have a clearly defined left or right side, you can still use it to do a right click on your MacBook by using the Control (CTRL) key to activate the right click option.
To right-click on your MacBook using your Magic Mouse,

  1. Hold down the Control key.
  2. Click on your mouse.

 

How to Right Click on Your MacBook by Using Custom Mouse Settings

Holding down the Control key while clicking on your mouse is the default way of doing a right click on your MacBook, but if you don’t want to use two hands to do a right click, you can just customize your system preferences to instruct your Mac to perform a right click when you click on the right side of your Magic mouse.
To do this,

  1. Go to the Apple Menu.
  2. Open “System Preferences.”
  3. Click on “Mouse.”
  4. Go to the “Secondary Click” option.
  5. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Click on the right side.”

 

How to Right Click on Your MacBook Using Your Trackpad

Aside from using your mouse, you can also use your trackpad to do a right click on your MacBook. To do this, just use two fingers to lightly tap around the center of your trackpad and it will activate right click mode.
If you don’t feel comfortable using two fingers and would prefer to use the bottom right corner of your trackpad to do a right click on your MacBook the same way that you would usually do on your old Windows-based computer instead, you can tweak your trackpad settings to do just that.
To do a right click on your MacBook using custom trackpad settings,

  1. Go to the Apple Menu.
  2. Open “System Preferences.”
  3. Select the “Trackpad” option.
  4. Click on the “Point and Click” tab.
  5. Tick the box next to “Secondary Click.”
  6. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Click in bottom right corner.”
  7. If you would prefer to use your left hand than your right one when clicking, choose “Click in bottom left corner” instead.

 

How to Right Click on Your MacBook Using the Force Touch Trackpad

Newer MacBook models like the MacBook and MacBook Pro 2015 edition as well as the later versions that came after them have a feature called “Force Touchpad” which perform certain functions when a certain amount of pressure is applied on the trackpad.
If the MacBook that you are using has this feature, you can adjust its system settings so that it will perform a right click when you press your trackpad in a certain way.
To right-click on your MacBook using the force touch feature on your trackpad,

  1. Go to the Apple Menu.
  2. Open “System Preferences.”
  3. Select the “Trackpad” option.
  4. Click on the “Point and Click” tab.
  5. Tick the box next to “Force click and haptic feedback.”
  6. Adjust the slider under the word “Click” according to how much pressure you want to use if you want to do a right click on your MacBook.

 
Now, these methods may be a little different from what you have been used to, but with a little practice, you should be able to master them in no time, and the added bonus is that you have different ways to right click on your MacBook should you ever encounter any issues with one or two methods or if the others are just a more convenient for you.

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