Some things you can always count on. Spring follows winter, the day turns into night, and new Mac users will wonder how the hell they should right-click without a right mouse. Does that sound like a known issue?
Whether you use a MacBook trackpad or one of Apple's accessories, we have it for you.
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Let's start with the most common (and confusing) click method: the MacBook's trackpad. The multi-touch trackpad is sensitive, but does not contain clear directions or buttons for left / right click, which can confuse Mac newcomers. What's worse, sometimes the rules for newer MacBooks change.
Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to right-click regardless of your preferences. All of these techniques also work for Apple & # 39; s Magic Trackpad, which is almost identical to the MacBook version.
Using key commands
The first option is the easiest to use, especially if you are from Windows. Press the Control button and tap or click anywhere on the trackpad. The control key is located in the bottom left corner of the MacBook keyboard, sandwiched between the function keys and the option keys.
As long as it is held down, the control key switches the trackpad to the right mouse button mode, so hold your finger down to right click.
Click with two fingers
The following is the one most used by MacBook users, due to its easy access. Because there are no separate buttons on a MacBook trackpad, you must click with two fingers to use the right-click function. Hold your index finger on the center of the trackpad and click with your middle finger down. It works with different fingers, but this combination is the most accurate and consistent. Once clicked, it should immediately call up your right-click options, regardless of where you click on the trackpad.
If it doesn't work, you probably need to make some changes to System Preferences, which we explain below
How to change preferences
Step 1: Go to our friend System Preferences should be in your menu bar. Search this time for Trackpad which should be good with the option Mouse . Select it and make sure that you are on the Point & Click tab.
Step 2: Search for Secondary click and make sure it is chosen. Then choose the drop-down menu and view your options.
Step 3: You should see an option to tap the trackpad with two fingers or the bottom right / left to start with the right mouse button. We're a fan of the two-finger approach, which is easy to learn and which avoids problematic moments when you accidentally swipe the bottom of the trackpad to start a random right-click. However, experiment with all options to see which you like best.
Note : Newer Macs from 2015 or later use what Apple calls the & # 39; Force Touch & # 39; trackpad. This allows you to open new options based on how hard you press the trackpad. That includes a Force Click, which happens when you press down firmly with one finger, and this may seem like a natural right-click option.
Apple, however, prefers to reserve the Force Click for other functions, such as examples and editing options. What Force Click does depends on the app. It can never take the place of a right-click function, but we recommend that you review its functions to see if you can use it to complement other activities and make your work easier.
On the Apple Magic Mouse
Like the trackpad, the Apple mouse is not clearly subdivided into individual click zones and sometimes does not support right-clicks from the box, which can be frustrating. Don't worry if you're a bit stunned by the Apple mouse rules! There are customization options to set the mouse as you prefer it. Let's take a look at your options.
Just like with the trackpad, simply press the Control button and then click with one finger on your mouse. This is usually the standard method for right-clicking with an Apple mouse. If you hold down the Control key, you switch the mouse to the right mouse button mode. We know this sounds a bit weird, but some people prefer this approach.
Try using this option for a while and see what you think.
You can adjust your mouse to respond in a certain way to match your past habits instead. These can be found in a different menu than the trackpad settings, so follow these steps:
Step 1: Go to System Preferences in the menu bar and then select mouse . For the average Apple mouse, this should open a window with two tabs. Make sure that you are on the Point & Click tab and find an option with the text Secondary click . This option must be checked.
Step 2: There is a drop-down list immediately below that selection that allows you to set the secondary right or left side of the mouse. You probably want to go the right way – Apple has small videos that show you the current effects if this gets confusing.
Step 3: Get out and experiment with your mouse!  Unfortunately, there is no option to directly control the sensitivity of these left / right clicks. We encourage you to experiment a little and see if the Apple mouse works for you or if you should consider a replacement. After all, there are many alternatives if you want to look outside of Apple hardware.
Now that you are familiar with your Mac's system preferences, consider using these tips to speed up your Mac as a whole.
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