Time-Saving Life Hack: How to Right-Click on A Mac

Have you ever accidentally clicked the wrong thing on your Mac? You know, like when you're trying to open a file, and instead, you accidentally delete it? Or you're trying to copy something, and instead of copying it, you paste it into a different folder. How do you fix that? It's easy! All you have to do is right-click on the item that's giving you trouble. That's it! Just right-click on it and choose what you want to do with it.

You've just got your Mac, and you're ready to get started! But there's one thing you need to know: how to right-click on a Mac.

You may not know this, but Macs are different from Windows PCs in that they don't have a right-click button on their mouse. Instead, you'll need to learn how to do it manually! It's easy—we promise. Here's how:

How to Right-Click on A Mac Using the Control key

The Control key is located to the left of the spacebar on most Mac keyboards, but it may be labeled as Command instead. If you are using an external keyboard with your Mac, look for a button with a four-directional arrow icon in the lower-left corner of your keyboard.

Use Mac Trackpad

With two fingers, tap the trackpad and click in the same place at the same time. This will also work if you hold down two fingers on the trackpad and then click anywhere on the trackpad with another finger.

If this doesn’t work, you may need to set it up in System Preferences. Here’s how:

  1. Open System Preferences.

  2. Click on Trackpad.

  3. In Trackpad Preferences, select: ‘Click with two fingers’ beside Secondary click.

Use a Mouse

1. With a two-button mouse, hold down the Control key and click the mouse button. This will bring up a contextual menu with options related to whatever you're clicking on.

2. With a single button mouse, hold down the Control key and tap the mouse button once (this is called "two fingers clicking"). This will bring up a contextual menu with options related to whatever you're clicking on.

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  1. What if I want to scroll instead of right-click?

If you want to scroll instead of right-clicking, just press two fingers down on the trackpad and move them up or down without lifting them off the surface. You'll see your cursor change into an arrow that indicates scrolling is occurring!

  1. What if I want to copy and paste multiple items?

If you have more than one item selected when you right-click, you'll see options in your contextual menu that let you copy or move those items around in one go rather than doing it one at a time!

  1. What is a right-click?

A right-click is the name for a computer mouse's button that is typically located on the right side of the mouse. This button can be used to perform different tasks in different programs and apps, depending on what you're doing.

  1. Can I use my trackpad instead of my mouse?

Yes! Just hold down the Control right-click button on your trackpad instead of your mouse button.

  1. What’s the best way to right-click on a Mac?

The short answer is: you don’t. Right-clicking is not part of Mac’s interface, and it’s not something you can do on a Mac. Instead, it would help if you used a three-finger click (or “control click”) to perform right-click functionality. This is the same as right-clicking on Windows or Linux computers since they all use the same basic operating system (OS).


And there you have it! Right-clicking on a Mac is easy and fun. Now that you know how to right-click on a Mac, don't be afraid to try it out in different situations—you might be surprised by what you find!

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Jamin Orrall
Jamin Orrall co-founder jeffthebrotherhood.com.