Friday, December 15

How to Right-Click on a Mac

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For as long as anybody can remember, the Mac mouse has had one button and the PC mouse has had two. Why? Apple presumably felt that a one-button mouse was simpler and more efficient, and nearly every other hardware manufacturer thought that more functionality could be crammed into additional mouse buttons. That is, until 2005, when Apple released its new Mighty Mouse – a mouse with four programmable buttons. This was a major milestone for Apple and Mac users everywhere, but truth be told, the Mac OS supported right-clicking for years before that – even back in the days of Mac OS 9!

There are some things you can do on a Mac that you can’t do on a PC. Right-clicking, however, is something you can do on both a Mac and a PC. The standard Mac OS  mouse only has one button: the PC mouse has two or more. But you can still “right-click” on a Mac and use “contextual menus.”

Things You’ll Need:

Mac OS

Computer Keyboard (Mac)

Steps

Step 1: Right-click by holding down the Control key and clicking.

Step 2: On the desktop, Control-click to bring up a menu with many Finder commands, such as Help, New Folder, View, Clean Up, Arrange, View Options, and Change Desktop Background.

Step 3: Point to your hard drive or an inserted disk or CD and Control-click to bring up a menu with commands such as Help, Open, Eject, Get Info, Label, Make Alias, Put Away, Add to Favorites, Index Selection, or Attach a Folder Action.

Step 4: Point to a folder and Control-click to bring up options such as Help, Open, Move to Trash, Get Info, Label, Make Alias, Put Away, Add to Favorites, Index Selection, or Attach a Folder Action

Step 5: Point to a file and Control-click to bring up commands such as Help, Open, Move to Trash, Get Info, Label, Duplicate, Make Alias, Add to Favorites, or Index Selection.

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