Change or Disable the Secondary Click in Mac OS X

Jan 28, 2012 - 2 Comments

Change the Secondary Click in Mac OS X

Macs have long kept things simple by keeping a single mouse button -or none at all- but while the two finger tap is very intuitive for most of us, newcomers to the Mac world don’t always remember it. If you’re switching someone from the PC world, enabling a literal right-click can be really helpful, but there are other options too, including using the left corner (for lefties), or disabling the click completely and instead relying on the keyboard.

Changing the Secondary Click

  • Launch System Preferences and click on “Trackpad” (or “Mouse” if you use a mouse)
  • Under the “Point & Click” tab, click underneath that to pull down the menu
  •  Secondary Click options in Mac OS X

  • Choose one of three options: Click with two fingers (default), Click in bottom right corner, or Click in bottom left corner

The two corner options are ideal for longtime PC users who have gotten in the habit of the placement mattering, with the left corner a nice touch for left-handed users.

Sidenote: the Mouse control panel has limited choices for generic USB mice, but it does let the left and right buttons be switched to accomodate for left handed computer users. For those with a Magic Mouse, it’s basically the same as the Trackpad.

Disabling the Secondary Click

Unchecking the box next to “Secondary Click” will disable the feature from the mouse or trackpad. If you choose to disable the secondary click, users will have to hold down the Control key to perform a secondary click action.

Disabled Secondary Click in Mac OS X

Disabling the alternative click is generally not recommended.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Joao Vitor says:

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