Mac 10.5 Leopard Tutorials – Right Click Mouse

November 17, 2008 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

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How to Enable Right Click on a Apple Leopard 10.5

Enable Your Apple Two-Button Mouse in OS X 10.5

Every mouse that Apple currently ships has two buttons.  They just act like they don’t want you to know about it.

Since first introducing the mouse to home computer users with the original Macintosh in 1984, Apple has had a strong attachment to the one-button mouse, even as many PC manufacturers switched to a two-button design in the years to follow.  Apple defenders claimed that the one-button design was originally chosen because of its ease of use and aesthetic simplicity, and, while that may have been true at one point, the argument is now moot.

In 2005, Apple released the Mighty Mouse, a smooth white optical mouse that resembled its one-piece predecessors but had an additional hidden trigger for a right-click underneath the plastic shell.  It was the company’s way of giving in to people wanting a real right-click while sticking to their original one-button look.  It’s now the standard mouse for all new Mac desktops, coming in both a wired and wireless version.


The problem is that the right button is disabled by default.  To fix this oversight and get the most out of your Mighty Mouse, we need to open the System Preferences menu, located in your Applications folder or the Apple menu in the taskbar at the top left corner of your screen.


Once in System Preferences, go to Keyboard & Mouse settings.

From here, you have many options to customize the way your buttons and scrolling work, but to enable right-clicking, simply click on the dropdown menu marked for the right button and change the setting from “Primary Button” to “Secondary Button” and leave everything else as it is.

If you want to pretend that you still have only one button (or if you’re a Mac user stuck with a one-button mouse), you can still hold down the Ctrl key while performing a normal click, and it will register as a right-click.

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