How to Right-Click on a Macbook Trackpad

By Jason Artman

If you have switched from a Windows laptop to a MacBook, the first thing you will notice is that the touchpad is entirely different from what you are used to. While Windows laptops generally have two buttons below the touchpad--for right-click and left-click--the MacBook touchpad has no buttons at all. The entire touchpad is the button and can be clicked, leading to potential confusion regarding how to right-click. Without attaching an external mouse to the computer, there are three ways in which you can right-click with the MacBook touchpad.

Step 1

Push the bottom-right corner of the touchpad to activate the location-based right-click. The MacBook touchpad also supports multi-finger gestures; continue to the next step to do this.

Step 2

Push any part of the touchpad with two fingers together to activate the multi-finger right-click. The MacBook touchpad also supports a keyboard-based right-click; continue to the next step to do this.

Step 3

Push and hold the "Control" key before clicking with one finger anywhere on the touchpad to activate the keyboard-based right-click. This right-click also works on other Mac computers that do not use the new touchpad design.

Tips & Warnings

  • The instructions given in this article also work for the MacBook Pro, Apple's higher-end laptop computer.