Confused on how to right-click on a Mac? It’s easy to do, here’s how!

How do I right-click on my mouse or trackpad? Easy peasy!

If you’ve just switched to the Mac, you may find yourself a bit confused by how the Mac’s mice and trackpad work.

The Mac famously doesn’t come with a mouse or trackpad that has a distinct right mouse button, but that doesn’t mean you can’t right-click on the Mac. Whether you use the built-in trackpad on your Mac laptop, a Magic Trackpad, a Magic Mouse, or a third-party mouse that has a distinct right button (such as the Logitech MX Master 3), here’s how to enable right-click menus on your Mac.

How to right click on Mac

Regardless of how your Mac is set up, holding down the control key on the keyboard and pressing your primary mouse or trackpad button will open a shortcut or contextual menu, providing the same functionality that most Windows switchers are accustomed to seeing from a right-click.

If you have a third-party mouse that has a right physical button, macOS should recognize the button and map it accordingly after you plug in the mouse. If you like having a different button as your right-click, you can customize which button is primary — left or right — in the Mouse system preference pane.

You may also want to check your third-party mouse maker’s website for Mac drivers. Some of the better ones, like Logitech, offer very sophisticated tools for programming not only buttons, but other great functionality like optic tracking speed and acceleration, scroll wheel motion, chording, and more.

How to turn right click on for a Magic Trackpad or MacBook trackpad

  1. Launch System Preferences from the Dock or by clicking the Apple button in the top left corner and clicking System Preferences.
  2. Click on the Trackpad icon.

  3. Select the Point and Click tab.
  4. Choose the checkbox next to Secondary click.

Once it’s activated, you’ll be able to right-click by tapping the trackpad with two fingers simultaneously. You can change the preference to click in the bottom left or right corners if you prefer.

How to turn right click on for a Magic Mouse

  1. Launch System Preferences from the Dock or by clicking the Apple button in the top left corner and clicking System Preferences.
  2. Click on Mouse.

  3. Click the checkbox next to Secondary click, and choose either “click on the right side” or “click on the left side”, depending on your preference.

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Can’t live without right click on Mac?

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Updated November 2020: Updated for macOS Big Sur.

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