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How to Right Click on a Mac? (5 Proven Ways in 2022)

Updated on Friday, May 13, 2022

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How to Right Click on a Mac? (5 Proven Ways in 2022)

Summary: Your Magic Mouse doesn't have a right-click button, how do you right-click on a Mac? This post lists 5 ways to perform the right-click on Mac.

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Using a right-click button on a mouse to perform right-click function has become a part of our daily life. But if you've bought an Apple Magic Mouse recently, you'll find the Magic Mouse that comes with the Mac doesn't have distinctive buttons like Windows.

And this brings the question - how to right-click on Mac without a right-click button? Don't worry. In this post, you'll find 5 easy ways to right-click on Mac with different devices:

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Use Control + click to right-click on Mac

If you rely more on the keyboard, this is a pretty intuitive and quick way to right-click on an Apple Silicon Mac or iMac. Just press and hold the Control key (not to be confused with the Command key) and single click using the trackpad or mouse. This will register as a right-click.

In addition to using Control + click to right-click on Mac, below are more ways to enable right click on Mac. Keep reading to find out which one works best for you.

Right-click on a MacBook with a trackpad

The trackpad on a Macbook (or the Magic Trackpad) is a single piece of brushed aluminum that includes a full range of multi-touch gestures. It's easy to enable the right-click functionality on a Mac trackpad, then modify the settings to your preference.

  1. Go to the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen.
  2. Select System Preferences > Trackpad.
  3. Navigate to the Point & Click tab from the Trackpad window.
  4. Check the checkbox next to the Secondary click.
  5. Open the drop-down menu by clicking the down arrow.right-click on a Mac with a trackpad
  6. Choose from the next options:      
    Click or tap with two fingers: This option allows you to right-click by slightly tapping or clicking your touchpad with 2 fingers.       
    Click in the bottom right corner: This option allows you to right-click by clicking on the bottom right corner of your touchpad.       
    Click in the bottom left corner: This option is mainly for left-handed people, as it allows you to right-click by clicking on the bottom left corner of your touchpad.
  7. Now you can close the window, your right-click settings are saved.

If you need to set up tracking speed or click pressure, stay at the Trackpad window in System Preferences and use the slider.

Right-click on Mac with Magic Mouse

People who have MacBooks mostly enjoy using the trackpad to perform right-click on Mac while iMac users are probably more willing to right-click on Mac by using an Apple mouse (Magic Mouse). An Apple Mouse also uses many of the same multi-touch gestures as the trackpad.

Apple's Magic Mouse doesn't have a separate right-click button. Instead, the entire top part of the mouse is clickable. If you click on the left side of the mouse, it will register as a left click. In the same way, just click on the top-right section of the Magic Mouse for a right-click. Before proceeding, make sure your Apple mouse is connected via Bluetooth or plugged into a USB port.

To enable right-click option with Magic Mouse:

  1. On your Mac, go to the Apple menu.
  2. Select System Preferences > Mouse.
  3. Navigate to the Point & Click pane.
  4. Check the checkbox next to the Secondary Click option.Right-click on Mac with Apple Magic Mouse
  5. Choose from the options listed in the drop-down menu to right-click on Mac:       
    Click on the right side: This is the default option and it assigns the right-click function to the right side of your mouse.       
    Click on the left side: This option is very intuitive for left-handed Mac users and it assigns the right-click function to the left side of your mouse.
  6. Now you can close the window, and your new settings are saved.

Right-click on Mac with a non-Apple mouse

If you connect a non-Apple mouse with your Mac, it works the same way as on a Windows PC. The macOS smartly recognizes that you are using a mouse with two or more buttons. And it automatically maps them accordingly. In short, just click the right mouse button to perform a right-click on Mac.

If you find your non-Mac mouse scrolls in the opposite direction when using it, just change the Scroll direction settings in the Mouse window.

How to right-click on a Mac with a key combo

There is another alternative option for right-clicking on a Mac computer. You can easily open a drop-down menu with additional functions by using key combinations.

Right-click on your Mac by modifying Accessibility Preferences:

  1. Open System Preferences and click Accessibility.
  2. Click Pointer Control > Alternate Control Methods and check the box for Enable Mouse Keys. If you are on an older version of macOS, click Mouse & Trackpad and check the box for Enable Mouse Keys.right-click on Mac with Accessibility
  3. From now on, press the Control + I keys or fn + Control + I key combinations to right-click.

Keep in mind that while the Enable Mouse Keys function is turned on, some keys on your keyboard might not function properly. Therefore, you need to turn the function off as soon as you're done with right-clicking. And you can also press Option + Command + F5 to bring the accessibility shortcut, then enable and disable Mouse Keys quickly.

Right-click on Mac not working, why

However, when right-clicking on Mac not working, it often makes you frustrated. This kind of situation is very rare, but if right-click does not work on your Mac, try to restart your Mac. This should fix the issue.

If it doesn't, open System Preferences > Trackpad/Mouse > Point & Click, ensure 'Secondary click' is enabled.

A right-click enhancer is ready for you

Now you may have known how to perform right-click on Mac. But if you still can't get rid of a right-click habit from the Windows platform, then a right-click enhancer on macOS is what you need. A Mac right-click enhancer is a small tool to help customize and enhance the right-click menu on your Mac computer. Here we recommend iBoysoft MagicMenu.

iBoysoft MagicMenu is one of the best right-click enhance utilities in the market. Within this software, you can directly create a new file on your desktop or in a folder just by right-clicking on your empty area on your desktop or in an open folder and then selecting New File from the context menu. It also offers shortcuts to move or copy a file to the target path with a single right-click.

create a new file with iBoysoft right-click enhancer

In simple terms, what you can do in the Windows right-click menu, you can also achieve in macOS with the help of iBoysoft MagicMenu. If you're annoyed about the limited options in the control-click menu that the macOS provides, don't hesitate to free download iBoysoft MagicMenu and try the magic features now!

FAQs about how to right-click on Mac

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The right-click option on Mac opens an extra contextual menu for you to have better interaction with your Mac. For example, you could right-click on Mac Trash to empty Trash or open Trash.

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Without a mouse, you can still press Control + I keys or fn + Control + I key combinations to right-click on Mac. But before using this key combo, you need to open Accessibility in Spotlight, then Click Pointer Control > Alternative Control Methods and check the box for Enable Mouse Keys.