How To Right Click On Laptop

If you are using a laptop, then the chances are that you have used the right click for doing something or other. Right clicks functionalities are base on opening new tabs in your browser, access various options on the screen, and also edit files. You can also use it with other input devices to trigger various actions depending on the device you are using. In this post, we shall see how to right-click on a laptop.

What is the right-click button?

Right Click On Laptop

A right-click button is a tool on your computer that allows you to act on a specific element of the web page. It’s also known as the context menu and can be brought up by clicking the right mouse button or trackpad while hovering over the desired element. This article will tell you how to right-click on a laptop for both Windows and Mac.

How To Right Click On Mac?

In Mac, the trackpad works like a mouse but supports two-finger taps for the right-click function. If your Mac has a built-in multi-touch trackpad or Bluetooth accessories such as the Magic Trackpad or Magic Trackpad 2, you can simultaneously right-click the trackpad with two fingers.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep the control key pressed while you click or tap on your trackpad. You can also click on an improved version of the trackpad called the Force Touch Trackpad, just as you would on any other trackpad, but you can also right-click and put some pressure on the trackpad by holding it down – which feels much more natural than other approaches.

You can either set your trackpad to right-click if you have Apple’s mighty mouse, which was included from 2005 to 2009 in all Apple desktop computers, or Magic Mouse, which is included in all current Apple desktop computers or you can set the mouse to right-click.

Steps to do right click through the trackpad:

Step 1: Go to system preferences, here you will find some options with the trackpad. After opening that you will get the trackpad option on the middle second row.

Step 2: Click on the trackpad and you will get 3 options such as Tap to click, Secondary click, Look up and 3 finger drag.

Step 3: Tap to click: Turn on the tap to click, so that you don’t have to push the button down to click in case you leave it off, you have to push down to it to click.

Secondary click: Next you have secondary click which is another way to say right-click. Inside it, you will find a drop-down with options like:

  • Tap with two fingers on the touchpad.
  • Click on the bottom right corner.
  • Click on the bottom left corner. 

Chose any of the options from the given list to access the right-click.

How To Right Click On Windows?

When you connect a built-in mouse to a touchpad or external mouse, you can use the touchpad to perform all the functions of a mouse and more. With the touchpads two buttons, you can use the mouse on your interface as if it were a right or left-click button that works just like the buttons on a mouse. If your Touchpad does not have two buttons, you can use the Command “Touchpad” to right-click or left-click.

Configure your mouse or trackpad so that you right-click or click on many tasks in Windows, such as opening shortcuts and menus that can access by using a right-click. In Windows 10 you can also hold Shift + F10 down and press the Document key to right-click with the keyboard.

Windows 10 has a mouse button that allows users to control the cursor from their keyboard. If you activate the mouse button, you can move the cursor over numeric keyboard keys. In the advanced settings of the mouse button control panel, you can set the mouse cursor behavior when right-clicking on the keyboard if you wish. 

You can access a more complex set of mouse button settings by going to Control Panel > Simplicity > Access & Simple Center > Mouse Usability > Set Mouse Buttons. Under Control > Mouse & Keyboard, select Activate mouse buttons and check the box. Under the option on the farthest right in the device settings, check whether the touchpad is activated. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Right Click On Laptop

How to right-click on laptop with key board?

In most windows keyboards you will get a separate button on the right side just before the control button that works as a right-click only. You only have to select the file or folder and press the button.

What is the difference between right and left-click?

The right mouse button is a computer mouse button located on the right side of the device. In most operating systems, it opens a context menu with various options specific to the user interface element over which the mouse cursor is hovering at the moment. By contrast, the left mouse button typically sends a generic message to a program or device and does not cause any context-sensitive action.


Many people do not know how to do this. We see it all the time: someone tries to right-click on their laptop and gets frustrated when nothing happens and ends up either having to ask someone else or doing a google search but after reading this step-by-step guide you can see how easy it is. Hope this article has been helpful for you and now you must have an idea on how to right-click on a laptop both for Windows and Mac users.

Liam Weissman

A lover of MacBook Air and the Dell XPS line of laptops, Liam has been researching and writing as a guest blogger for numerous websites for over 10 years. Now, he blogs about tech trends, PCs, laptops, gadgets, and other emerging gadgets on

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