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Mac OS X - Right-Clicking on a Mac
This article explains how to right click on a Mac computer running OS X.
These instructions were written for Mac OS X 10.7. In OS X, there are several different ways to right-click, depending on what hardware you have:
- If you have a MacBook (Pro and Air included), from 2008 or later, your trackpad can be enabled to right-click, either by tapping or pressing a specific part of it, or by tapping or pressing with two fingers. This option can be enabled in System Preferences, as follows:
- Open System Preferences and then click Trackpad.
- Make sure the box next to Secondary click is checked. Choose the way you would like to right-click from the drop-down menu below. OS X helpfully provides videos demonstrating each gesture, to allay any possible confusion.
- Open System Preferences and then click Mouse.
- A diagram of a mouse displays. Make sure the right-most button is set to "Secondary Button".