OS X Lion: Right-click

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If you’re used to right-clicking on a Windows computer, you can use Control-click in a similar way on your Mac. If you have a Magic Mouse or other multiple-button mouse, you can configure the mouse to right-click the way you like best.

If you have a trackpad that supports gestures, you can use a two-finger tap.

  • To open a shortcut (or contextual) menu, hold down the Control key and click an icon, window, toolbar, desktop, or other item. If you’re not sure a shortcut menu is available for an item, try Control-clicking it.

    The options in shortcut menus depend on what you click. For example, to see details about a folder in the Finder, Control-click the folder and choose Get Info. To see a definition of a word in a TextEdit document, Control-click the word and choose “Look Up in Dictionary.”

  • To configure a multiple-button mouse, choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, and then click Mouse.
  • To configure a trackpad, choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, and then click Trackpad.
Last Modified: Oct 30, 2013

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