How to Right Click on a Mac with Trackpad, Keyboard & Mouse

How do you right click on a Mac? Here's how to right click on any Apple laptop or desktop, including Mac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.

How do you right click on a mouse for a Mac or MacBook Pro? How do you right click on a Mac without a mouse, but with a touchpad? And, how do you right click on a touchpad without buttons? Here's how to right click on any Mac, whether it's a laptop or desktop, with keyboard shortcuts, a mouse, or a Mac trackpad. 

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How to Right Click on a Mac & MacBook with Touchpad, Mouse & Keyboard

You need to know how to right click on a Mac laptop or desktop to bring up menus and use important functions like copy and paste, saving, deleting, and more. Here's how to right click on a MacBook or Mac with a trackpad, mouse, or with your keyboard. For more great keyboard shortcuts tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day

How to Right Click on a Mac with a Trackpad, Magic Trackpad & Magic Trackpad 2

If your Mac has a built-in Multi-Touch trackpad or a Bluetooth accessory like the Magic Trackpad or Magic Trackpad 2, you can use the right-click function by tapping the trackpad with two fingers at the same time. You'll feel a click when the gesture is completed successfully, unless you're using a Magic Trackpad 2 or a newer MacBook with a Force Trackpad, in which case you'll feel haptic feedback. 

right click on apple trackpad 

Here's how to set custom trackpad gestures on Mac

How to Right Click on a Mac with a Magic Mouse & Magic Mouse 2

Apple's Magic Mouse and Magic Mouse 2 easily connect to your Mac via Bluetooth but can be a bit difficult to learn to use since they don't have a separate right-click button. Don't worry, though; it's easy to use the right-click function. You can click anywhere in the top two thirds of a Magic Mouse, and it will register. Click on the left side for standard left-click functions, click on the right for right-click ones. 

right click mouse

You can even change which functions are controlled by a left or right click. To do this:

  1. Click on the Apple menu, then click System Preferences.

    mac system preferences
  2. Select Mouse.

    click mouse in system preferences
  3. Click the downward arrow next to Click on right side under Secondary click.
  4. Select Click on left side to reverse your right and left side controls. 

    secondary mouse click preferences

Related: How to Cut, Copy & Paste Using Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

How to Right Click on a Mac with a Keyboard Shortcut

You can also use a keyboard shortcut to reveal right-click menu options. To do this.

  1. Press and hold the Control key on your keyboard.

    control button apple keyboard
  2. Left click on your mouse.

That's it! Want more Mac keyboard shortcuts? Learn how to use the Emoji keyboard shortcut, and how to take a screenshot on Mac.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.