Nicole writes: In your article about changing a default program you say, “The first step is to right-click a PDF on your desktop.” But how do I right-click by tapping the trackpad of my MacBook Pro?
Hi Nicole! Yep, it’s a little weird that Mac users are constantly being asked to right-click (or “secondary” click) when their trackpads don’t have actual right-click buttons.
Never fear, though: there are actually several different ways to right-click on the MacBook’s trackpad, which (nowadays, at least) is essentially one big button.
For starters, you can…
Method No. 1:
Press and hold the CONTROL key, then click, or…
Method No. 2:
Click the trackpad with two fingertips at once instead of just one.
That’s a good start—but what if you want more ways to right-click?
No problem, provided you’re willing to take a few extra steps first.
Click the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen, select System Preferences, click the Trackpad icon, then make sure the “Point & Click” tab at the top of the window is selected.
Now, see the “Secondary click” heading? Click the “Click or tap with two fingers” setting to reveal…
Method No. 3:
Click in bottom-right corner of the trackpad, or…
Method No. 4:
Click in the bottom-left corner.
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