Apple Laptops / No Right-Click

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  1. AnthonyKinyon macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I have really been wanting a Mac laptop since the Intel models came out, well even before that. One potential thing I don't like is the mouse. There is no right-click on the built-in buttons. I know you could plug-in a USB mouse and use that, but doesn't that defeat the purpose of having a laptop, especially when on-the-go? Other than that, I love the MacBook and MacBook Pro's I've seen and played around with.

    Any thoughts/comments/suggestions? Anyone have a realistic workaround?
     
  2. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    You put 2 fingers on the trackpad and click at the same time. That equals a right click on the MacBook Pro and MacBooks. It works quite good, I really like it.
     
  3. AnthonyKinyon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well that seems pretty simple. :) Thanks for the tip! Does same thing work in Windows (using Boot Camp) if anyone happens to know?
     
  4. technicolor macrumors 68000

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    Not when I tried.
     
  5. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    i think it's only the 17" MBP that has that. I'm not sure about the Macbooks but my 15.4" MBP seems to lack this feature (i dont know why) so i always use CTRL+Click
     
  6. AnthonyKinyon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the update. I spend most of my time in OS X anyway but I do some gaming on Windows so that would not be good. I wonder if there is a solution to this that's free for Windows use. (Why can't Windows just be as intuitive as Mac OS X? :D ). Trick question.
     
  7. AnthonyKinyon thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm considering a Mac Book Pro for gaming but even a MacBook would be great for taking notes, doing things on the go and playing some non intensive games from time to time.
     
  8. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    Wouldnt you use an external mouse for that anyway? I find it really hard to game on a track pad.
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    All MacBooks use the two-finger tap on the trackpad as the right click in Mac OSX. In Windows, the most current release of Boot Camp included a driver that makes clicking whilst holding down the right-hand command key equal to right-click.
     
  10. technicolor macrumors 68000

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    No it isnt, the feature was introduced to the 15s during an os update...even before then there was a hack.
     
  11. AnthonyKinyon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you, Chundles!
     
  12. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    There are also some little third party utilities for Windows that will enable the same behavior IIRC. Can't remember the name(s) now, but a Google search should turn up results.
     
  13. mox358 macrumors 6502

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    This works on all Macbooks and MB Pro's, but you have to enable it in the System Preferences before it works. Similiar to tapping the trackpad for a click.
     
  14. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    Let's not forget the old reliable Control+Click which still works to achieve the same effect as a right-click.
     
  15. M. Malone macrumors 6502a

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    true, my 1Ghz PowerBook has this feature after I downloaded iScroll :D
     
  16. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Two ways:

    Holding down the Ctrl key when you click counts as a right click.

    Putting two fingers on the trackpad will make your click count as a right click.
     
  17. Richard Flynn macrumors regular

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    Doesn't work in Boot Camp, as others have said, but it does work when running Windows in Parallels Desktop.
     
  18. thebeephaha macrumors 6502

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    Find these please??? I've got everything including the FN keys all working, iSight, KEYBOARD BACKLIGHT, sound driver issue (speakers + headphones always on), now all I need is the trackpad functionality!!!!!
     
  19. RichP macrumors 68000

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    With the latest bootcamp, I believe FN+Click is a right-click in windows. At least it is on my machine!
     
  20. JMG macrumors 6502a

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    you should update your software because my 15.4 MBP does it. it was in an update in the last few months.
     
  21. Donz0r macrumors 6502a

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    the 2-Finger Right Click method is awesome! I like it a lot more than actually having a right mouse button, It's hard to imagine, just use a macbook or mbp with this feature and you'll love it
     

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