How to Right Click on a Laptop

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Arpad Balogh
 Updated On August 14, 2022

Arpad Balogh is the founder of Simply Laptop. As a tech enthusiast, he has been writing about laptops for years. His goal is to help people find the perfect laptop for their needs. He does that by using his digital marketing skills to get these reviews in front of as many people as possible.

Quick Tip:


If you have two buttons below your laptops trackpad, the right button will be the right-click button. Press down on the right button to register a right-click. If there are no buttons there, just press on the bottom-right side of the trackpad to perform a right click.

Right Click on Your Windows Laptop

There are a few different ways that you can right-click on your Windows laptop, depending on if you are using a mouse, trackpad, or touchscreen.

Use an External Mouse:

right mouse button click

If you have an external mouse plugged into your laptop, simply click the right button on the mouse to register a right-click.

Use the Dedicated Right Click Button Under Your Trackpad

pressing the dedicated right click button on a laptop

If your laptop has a two-button trackpad, then the right-click button will be on the bottom-right of the trackpad. Just press down on this button to register a right-click.

Use The Hidden Button on the Trackpad

right click button on a lapto

If your trackpad doesn't have a dedicated right-click button, don't worry. You can still right click by pressing down on the bottom-right side of the trackpad with your finger.

Use 2-3 Fingers at Once on the Trackpad

two fingers on the trackpad

Another way to register a right-click on a trackpad without dedicated buttons is to use 2-3 fingers at once. Just place two or three fingers on the trackpad and click down.

Right Click on Your Mac Laptop

To right click on your Mac Laptop, you have to press down on the trackpad with two fingers at the same time. You can also adjust click settings on your Mac, so it registers a right-click when you press down on the bottom-right side of the trackpad.

Use an External Mouse

If you have an external mouse plugged into your MacBook, you can simply click the right button on the mouse to register a right-click.

right mouse button on a mac mouse

You can right click on a Mac mouse in two ways:

1.) Press and Hold the Control button on your keyboard and use the left mouse button. This will register as a right click

2.) In system and mouse settings, enable the secondary click. This will enable the right click on your mouse and you will be able to right click on your mac mouse

Use an Mac keyboard

If you have an external mouse plugged into your MacBook, you can simply click the right button on the mouse to register a right-click.


You can right click on a Mac mouse in two ways:

1.) Press and Hold the Control button on your keyboard and use the left mouse button. This will register as a right click

2.) In system and mouse settings, enable the secondary click. This will enable the right click on your mouse and you will be able to right click on your mac mouse

Right Click on Touch Screen Laptop

If your laptop has a touchscreen, you can register a right-click by long pressing on the screen with your finger.

How to Right Click on a Laptop Keyboard

If your laptop doesn't have a trackpad or touchscreen, don't worry, you can still right click using the keyboard.

On a Windows laptop, you can press Shift + F10 to register a right-click. Whatever is selected or highlighted, will receive the right-click function.

On a Mac, you can press and hold the Control button and then left clic to register a right-click.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I right-click on an iPad?

To right click on an iPad, all you have to do is tap and hold on screen for a few seconds. After a couple of seconds, a menu will pop up with different options.

How do I copy and paste when I can't right-click?

If you can right click with your mouse, the easiest way to copy and paste is to highlight the text and press the CTRL + C combination on your keyboard. This will copy the selected text, next you have to press the CTRL+V, where you want to paste the text.

How do I right click on Surface Pro?

If your Surface Pro has a touchpad, then you can use the right button under the touchpad to register a right click.

You can also use two fingers and tap anywhere on the touchpad to register a right click.

Also, you can press down on the right side of the touchpad to perform a right click.

Arpad Balogh


Arpad Balogh is the founder of Simply Laptop. As a tech enthusiast, he has been writing about laptops for years. His goal is to help people find the perfect laptop for their needs. He does that by using his digital marketing skills to get these reviews in front of as many people as possible.

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