Your mouse (trackpad) can help you do anything from choosing commands, manipulating items on your screen, or creating data such as pictures and text documents. The mouse is translated on your screen as a little arrow known as a cursor. Ultimately the main purpose of your mouse is to translate your finger movements onto the screen, telling your computer “See what I’m pointing at right now? That’s what I want to select.”
Back in the day a mouse typically had two buttons. One for right clicks and the other for left. For many many years now Apple Mac machines have a sleek all-in-one trackpad. On the original settings on trackpad you will need to click the bottom left. The rest of the square is for moving the cursor around the screen. However, you can actually change these settings so it can have a sensitive touch click that enables you to lightly tap anywhere on the trackpad to translate as a click. Although people tend prefer to keep the original mouse settings as this option can be too sensitive to your touch and you might end up clicking open lots of things you don’t mean too.
Selecting an item on screen could not be simpler. Using your mouse makes the cursor hover over the item you wish to click and then press and release (click) the left mouse button.
Here’s how to master the basics of controlling your Mac with a Mouse/ Trackpad!
- Clicking (also know as single-clicking): Move the mouse or fingers across your trackpad to move the cursor around your screen. Hover the cursor over the item (files, app, picture etc) and press the left mouse button (or bottom left on your trackpad). Now you can completed a single click! Clicking is the most common activity you do with your mouse.
- Double-clicking: Some things, such as a file or a program require a double click. To do this simply point your cursor at something, and then quickly click the left mouse button twice in rapid succession (this is a double-click it).
- Dragging: If you wish to pick up an item, a file or window perhaps, then just click the left mouse button and hold down your cursor on the item in question. Whilst still holding the click down move your mouse (or your fingers across the trackpad). This is know and dragging. To dip the item at its designation just release the click.
How to do a right click on a Mac?
Sometimes you will find yourself needing to perform a right click on your mouse. Annoyingly many older mice do not have a right mouse button. It is also confusing on how to do a right click on a Mac Trackpad…
Don’t fret it is actually quite simple! We are going to need our keyboard to help us do this. To simulate a right-click, just hold down the Control key and click the lone mouse button. On a trackpad hold down the same key and click (or hold down single trackpad button. Quite simple once you remember it 🙂