Updated: 10/19/2017 by Computer Hope

Right-click menuSometimes abbreviated as RMB (right mouse button), the right-click is the action of pressing down on the right mouse button. The right-click provides additional functionality to a computer's mouse, usually in the form of a drop-down menu containing additional options.

Tip: Users with an Apple Macintosh computer that only have one mouse button can right-click any item by holding down the Control key and then clicking the mouse button.

For example, you could highlight text using the left mouse button, and then right-click that text and select Copy to copy the text to the clipboard. Once copied you can paste that text into another field or document. The image shows an example of the right-click menu in Microsoft Word.

Note: If you have switched your mouse buttons, the right-click would become a left-click.

What finger is used to right-click?

Your index finger should be on the left mouse button and your middle finger should be on the right-mouse button. To right-click, you would press your middle finger down on the right-mouse button.

How to right-click on a laptop

On a laptop, if there are two buttons below the touchpad, pressing the right button will execute the right-click action. If there are no buttons below the touchpad, try pressing on the bottom right of the touchpad to see if that executes the right-click action.

Tip: On a Chromebook, you can press two fingers on the touchpad for a right-click.

How to right-click on a Chromebook

On a Chromebook you can right-click by touching (tapping) the touchpad with two fingers.

How to right-click without the mouse

Users running Microsoft Windows can also use the keyboard shortcut Shift+F10 to right-click in most programs or press the Menu key on Windows keyboards.

How to right-click on a smartphone

Because a smartphone uses your finger as its input device, there is no ability to right-click. However, most phones can perform many of the same actions by pressing and holding your finger on an object. For example, if you wanted to copy an image from a website instead of right-clicking an image, you can press and hold your finger on the image until a menu appears and then select copy.

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