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How to Set Up the Right Click on a Mac

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If you do anything on your computer – anything at all – and you use a Mac, then you need to know how to set up the right click.

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If you don't have your right click set up correctly – you are wasting your precious time. Everything you do on your computer is going to take you longer. 

This applies to blogging, work related stuff, working in Cricut Design Space, or even just surfing the internet, shopping online, or killing a little time of Facebook.

I am going to be tough here and tell you to learn your computer shortcuts so so you can spend your time online more efficiently.

Not judging. Just want to see you get more done.

Ok here we go ….

How to Set Up the Right Click on Your Mac – the Quick Version

Watch this video – it is short and sweet.

What Are We Setting Up Exactly?

If you are coming from a Windows computer – you the right click.

It happens when you click the right mouse button or the right side of your trackpad – a shortcut menu pops up and you can select things like copy, paste, undo, and a bunch of different options depending on what application you are using.

On a Mac, opening this shortcut menu with the right click is disabled by default. So, straight out of the box you would need to hit your control button and click at the same time to see the shortcut menu.

The funny thing is – if you have been using a Mac for a long time without setting up the right click shortcut menu, you have even forgotten that you can actually open the shortcut menu with a right click.

Instead, you just might be using the menu bar across the top of your screen or you might have gotten into the habit of using control click to access your shortcuts.

Both of these methods work but you are using precious seconds to perform these actions – and when you add them up over the course of the day or week or months – well, let's just say that you could be more efficient.

How to Set Up the Right Click on a Mac – Step By Step

Luckily, it's very easy to set up the right click on a Mac.

I will walk you through the process step by step.

Click on the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner of the top menu bar on your screen and click on System Preferences.

If you have a laptop, click on Trackpad.

If you have a desktop with a Magic Mouse, click on Mouse. I don't have a mouse set up but I believe the steps will be similar.

You will come to a screen that has three options across the top. The first one says Point & Click. Make sure that you are in this option (it should be highlighted in blue), if not then click on it.

The second option down says “Secondary Click” – make sure the box on the left of this option has a checkmark in it. If it doesn't, click on it to check it.

Now, right under the words “Secondary Click”, there is a little drop down menu in a smaller, light gray font.

When you click the little down arrow to the right of these words, you get three options:

  • Click or tap with two fingers
  • Click in bottom right corner
  • Click in bottom left corner

I prefer the “Click or tap with two fingers” option because I think that that option is the most efficient one.

With “Click or tap with two fingers” you can click or tap with TWO fingers anywhere on your Mac trackpad to open the right click shortcut menu.

This is great for a few reasons:

  • you don't have to hit a specific area on your trackpad to open the shortcut menu – anywhere on the surface will do
  • you don't need to press down and actually “click” the trackpad to access the menu – a simple two finger tap does the job (if you don't have “tap to click” set up I suggest you do that now as well – it is the first option above “secondary click” on this preference screen)

Once you get into the habit of tapping and not having to press to click, you will find that your workflow becomes much easier.

What If You Don't Like It?

After setting up the right click on your Mac, if for some reason you feel you don't like it, you can always go back into your System Preferences and switch it back to the way that it was before.

And that's it!

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