If you’ve recently transitioned from a Windows PC to a Mac, you may have noticed that some of the functions you were accustomed to don’t exactly work the same way on a Mac. One of these functions is the left click.
Understanding Mac Mice
By default, a Mac mouse or trackpad has only a single button unlike the traditional two-button mouse common with Windows PCs. This single button performs the function of a left click on a Windows machine. To perform a right click, you would typically hold down the control key and click the mouse.
How to Left Click on a Mac
Performing a left click on a Mac is simple. You just need to press the button on the mouse or trackpad. This is equivalent to a left click on a Windows machine. This will select an item if you’re clicking on something, or deselect an item if nothing is selected.
Customizing Left Click on Mac
You can also customize how you want to perform a left click on your Mac. To do so:
Step 1: Open System Preferences from the Apple Menu.
Step 2: Click on ‘Mouse’ or ‘Trackpad’.
Step 3: You’ll see options for ‘Point & Click’ and ‘More Gestures’. Under ‘Point & Click’, you’ll find an option for ‘Secondary click’.
Step 4: Check ‘Secondary click’. This will allow you to perform a right-click by clicking with two fingers, or by clicking in a corner of the trackpad (depending on your preferences).
Now, you’ll be able to use your Mac mouse or trackpad more intuitively, with both left and right click functions at your disposal.
While the left click function on a Mac may seem a bit different at first, especially if you’re used to a Windows PC, it’s actually quite simple to get the hang of. And with the ability to customize how you perform a left click, it’s easy to tailor your Mac to suit your personal preferences.