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Right button on Mac: all the options that exist to activate it

Clicking with the left button may be enough for some people, but others may prefer the option of clicking with the right button, as it shows a set of additional options found in both Windows and MacOS. That said, if you are a new Mac user, you may be wondering, how do I click with the right mouse button on a Mac? Here we show you the different ways you have to do it.

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With the trackpad of MacBook

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Let's start with the most common (and confusing) method of clicking: with the MacBook touch panel. He trackpad Multi-touch is sensitive, but does not include any obvious indication or button to click with the left / right button, which can confuse Mac newbies. And worse, sometimes the rules change for newer MacBooks.

Fortunately, there are some easy ways to right-click regardless of your preferences. All these techniques also work with Apple's Magic Trackpad, which is almost identical to the MacBook version.

Use of key commands

The first option is the easiest to use, especially if you come from Windows. You just have to press the Control key and press or click anywhere on the touch panel. The control key is located in the lower left corner of the MacBook keyboard, between the function and option keys.

While holding it down, the control key changes the trackpad to right click mode, so keep your finger pressed to continue right clicking.

Click with two fingers

The following is the one most used by MacBook users, due to its ease of access. Since there are no individual buttons on the touch panel of a MacBook, you will have to click with both fingers to access the right click function. With the index finger resting on the center of the trackpad, click with the middle finger. It works with other fingers, but this combination is the most accurate and consistent. Once you have clicked, the right button options should be displayed immediately, regardless of the location of the trackpad which you clicked on.

If it does not work, you will probably have to make some adjustments to the System Preferences, which we will explain below.

How to change preferences

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Step 1: Go to the System Preferences, which should be in the menu bar. This time, look for the Trackpad section, which should be next to the Mouse option. Select it and you can be sure that you are in the Point and click tab.

Step 2: Search for secondary click and make sure it is selected. Next, choose the drop-down menu and check out your options.

Step 3: you should see an option to play on the trackpad with two fingers, or touch on the lower right / left sides to start a click with the right mouse button. We are fans of the option of two fingers, which is easy to learn and avoids those problematic moments when you accidentally rub the bottom of the touch panel and starts a right click without wanting to. However, experiment with all the options to see which one you like best.

Note: newer Mac from 2015 or later use what Apple calls the trackpad "Force Touch." This allows you to open new options depending on the force with which you press the trackpad This includes a Force Click, which occurs when pressed firmly with one finger, and this may seem like a natural option to click with the right mouse button.

However, Apple prefers to reserve the Force Click for other features, such as previews and editing options. What Force Click does will vary depending on the application. You can never completely replace a right-click function, but we suggest you take a look at its features to see if you can use it to complement other activities and make your job easier.

In the Apple Magic Mouse

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Same as him trackpad, the Apple mouse is not clearly divided into separate click zones and sometimes does not support the right click outside the box, which can be frustrating. If you are a little confused by the rules of the Apple mouse, don't worry! There are customization options to configure the mouse as you prefer. Let's see your options.