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The Missing Right-Click (Mac Only) | Savvy Tech Tips

December 8th 2006

The Missing Right-Click (Mac Only)

Computer Type: Mac • Difficulty Level: Novice

On Tuesday, we talked about the power of right-clicking on objects when you are having difficulties figuring out how to do something in a software program. Well, this works great if you’ve got a Windows computer, but what about Mac users?

macmouse.jpgAlthough Apple’s new mouse has four buttons, many Macs in use today only have a single-button mouse attached to them: using such a mouse alone there is no way to right-click. Are our Mac users left out of the right-click party?

Fortunately, no. Mac users can right-click with the best of them. To right-click on a Mac mouse with a single button, you hold down the “Control” key while you click. It’s that easy.

Agreed, it’s not as elegant as a simple right-click, but it gets the job done and opens up all the benefits of right-clicking.

Another option for Mac users is to buy a Mac-compatible mouse with more buttons, or better yet, a Mac-compatible trackball with two (or more) buttons. There are a number of excellent options on the market that can be had for less than $25.

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