Gone are the days of multiple buttons on your computer’s mouse or trackpad on Apple computers. It’s funny that most of us still know the reference to ‘right-click’ on something that dates back to the early days of these computers. I’m sure some of you have been left scratching your head when someone tells you to just ‘right-click’ on your MacBook Pro only to look down and see a single button to press.
Even though the actual right-hand button on a mouse or trackpad has disappeared over the years, the term is still widely used and it actually is a command that comes in handy for a variety of different reasons. If you don’t know how or why to right-click on your MacBook Pro, don’t worry because were are about to take a look at how to do both.
What is Right-Click?
In the early days of computers, a mouse usually had multiple buttons. These different buttons allowed for extra functionality with the mouse and allowed a user to complete added tasks with the simplicity and ease that the mouse provided. Some computers still have this right-hand button to click but Apple did away with the button on its computers years ago.
Even though the physical right-hand button is gone from Apple’s computers these days, the functionality of the right click remains. Whereas the left click is the most commonly used button that typically opens an application or program and accesses the main features found within, the right click typically brings up a drop-down menu or added options and features on the button or menu option in question.
The right-click also comes into play in such instances as video games when a user wants an extra button to click to control gameplay easily and effectively. Right click is also known by other names, depending on the circumstances, such as secondary click or control-click. The ability to right click allows users the ability to increase the function and controls of their computer with a quick click of a button and is a really handy feature to have.
How to Right Click on a MacBook Pro
Even though a MacBook Pro does not have a right hand button, you can still compete the right-click function. This feature allows you to access the added functions and controls a right-click provides and it’s good to know how to do as it increases your ability to quickly control different apps and features on your computer. If you don’t know how to perform this task on your MacBook Pro, follow the easy steps below and you’ll quickly gain the skills.
The quickest and easiest way to access the right-click features on your MacBook Pro is to learn the keyboard shortcut that allows you to do this. It’s simple:
- Hold down the control button and click on whatever part of your display you want to have the right-click options. This Command Click opens up the same features as a typical right-click and is an easy way to get started.
There are other ways to go about right clicking on a MacBook Pro and in addition to the Command Click, you should set up your trackpad with the ability to conduct a right-click.
Your MacBook Pro has a trackpad that functions in place of an external mouse. This pad is connected to your computer but can complete all of the same functions that a mouse can and for portability, it is actually more convenient. The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that your track pad is right-click enabled.
To right click enable your MacBook Pro trackpad follow these steps:
- Open the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen and click on System Preferences.
- Click on the Trackpad button.
- With the Trackpad menu open click on the Secondary Click option and it will give you options of how you’d like to utilize the right-click features.
This menu allows you to choose your personal preference for how you want to use the right-click, or Secondary click feature as it is listed here. You can choose to tap with two fingers, click in the bottom right corner, or click in the bottom left corner. It’s really a personal choice as to what is easiest and feels best for you. I personally like click or tap with two fingers options as it is pretty easy to pick up and fairly intuitive.
That’s all there is to it. Setting up the right-click on your MacBook Pro is really easy and can be done in a matter of minutes. If you ever forget how to do it or happen to be on another computer, simply remember the control click quick command and you’ll be able to utilize right-click features any time you wish.
The option to set up the secondary click, or right-click, feature on your built in trackpad is also really nice because you can cater to your own personal preference. This is just another feature that makes the MacBook Pro such a great option for your laptop computer.
Do you use the right-click feature on your MacBook Pro? What do you use it for, if so?