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How To Right-Click on an iPad

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The essence of right-clicking is to reveal a set of options that will otherwise not have been available using the left-click function. The right-click function makes it easier to navigate the web and type texts. Technically, you should only be able to right-click by using a mouse. However, you can achieve similar results on your iPad without using a mouse. 

Quick Answer

To right-click on an iPad, you can connect a Bluetooth mouse or USB mouse to it and do it traditionally. Alternatively, you can right-click on your iPad without using a mouse by tapping and holding your finger on the iPad screen for one or two seconds until a menu with different options appears. You can then choose one of the options.

Unlike laptops and desktop computers, where you can right-click anywhere on the screen, and it will display a menu containing several options, the right-click function on iPad is quite limited. This article explains how to right-click on your iPad with and without a mouse. It also sheds light on how and where to use the right-click function on your iPad.

How To Right-Click With a USB Mouse

Not all iPads support Bluetooth and wireless mice. Before using any mouse with your iPad, ensure its software OS is iPadOS 13.4 or higher. Ensure your mouse has a USB-C connector since your iPad has a USB-C port. If it doesn’t, you will need to use an adapter cable. 

If your mouse is a standard USB mouse, you’ll need a USB-A to USB-C adapter to ensure compatibility with your iPad.

Follow the steps below to right-click on your iPad with a USB mouse.

  1. Connect your mouse to the USB-C port of your iPad. If you have another type of mouse, connect the mouse to the adapter cable and connect the adapter cable to the USB-C port at the bottom of your iPad.
  2. Move the mouse around to control the round cursor that appears on your iPad screen. 
  3. Place the cursor on a text, link, or app on your iPad’s home screen, and right-click on it to reveal a menu with different options. Unlike your computer, where you can right-click anywhere on the screen, right-clicking on an empty space on your iPad’s home screen will not display a menu with options. 
  4. Select the option you want.

How To Right-Click With a Bluetooth Mouse

Using a wireless mouse is more convenient than a USB mouse. Apart from the comfort a wireless mouse affords you, it also rids you of the need to find a mouse with a USB-C connector since you can’t use the standard wired mouse with your iPad without an adapter cable that has a USB-C connector. 

Follow the steps below to right-click on your iPad with a Bluetooth mouse.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPad.
  2. Tap “Bluetooth”.
  3. Turn on your Bluetooth mouse and put it in pairing mode.
  4. Tap the name of the Bluetooth mouse when it appears among the available devices on the Bluetooth menu of your iPad.
  5. Connect your Bluetooth mouse to your iPad by following the pairing instructions onscreen.
  6. Tap “Pair” when it appears on your iPad screen.
  7. Move the Bluetooth mouse around to control the round cursor that appears on your iPad screen. 
  8. Place the cursor on a text, link, or app on your iPad’s home screen, and right-click on it to reveal a menu with different options.

How To Right-Click Without a Mouse

While the right-click function is originally programmed with your mouse, you can also save yourself the stress of taking your mouse everywhere you go by using the programmed function for right-clicking on your iPad without a mouse. Additionally, if your iPad OS is lower than 13.4, you can only use this option since your iPad doesn’t support an external mouse.

How do you right-click without a mouse? You can do that in a few simple steps.

  1. Place your finger on a text, link, or app on your iPad’s home screen.
  2. Tap and hold the text, link on a website, or app on your iPad’s home screen for one or two seconds. A mini taskbar pops up with several options to choose from. 
  3. Select the option you want. 

Where Can You Right-Click on an iPad?

While using a mouse on your laptop or desktop computer, you can place the cursor anywhere on the desktop screen and right-click on it, and it will display a taskbar with a list of options. This is not the same for an iPad. 

While the right-click function is built into the iPad operating system and holding your screen for a few seconds will trigger the function, you can’t use it everywhere, even if you use a mouse. 

Instead, the right-click function works when you tap and hold a text item or link, a tab on a webpage, a message in the conversation menu of iMessage, the text box of an email message, an app on your home screen, and a few other occasions. 

Conclusion

Now that you have figured out how and where to right-click on an iPad, you can explore this function on your iPad to uncover other places you can use the right-click function.

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