Whether you’re using a mouse or a trackpad, both are highly tactile devices, in that they respond not only to clicks, but also taps, and different ‘gestures’: taps and swipes interpreted by the motion, and the number of fingers used.
To learn, or change your mouse / trackpad features to your preference, open System Preferences, and choose either Mouse or Trackpad (whichever is appropriate to your device).
In the Mouse or Trackpad System Preference pane, hover your cursor over a feature and its function will be illustrated. Experiment with each feature and setting when you have a spare few minutes. Perhaps you won’t use all the features, but you may find one or two extremely useful.
Be sure to enable Secondary Click (otherwise known as, right-click).
Secondary click (also known as, right-click).
One essential feature of both the mouse and trackpad is the ‘secondary’ click. This feature is switched off by default.
Most people know this ‘secondary click’ as the ‘right-click’, referring to the traditional two-button mouse used with Windows PCs for decades.
Once enabled, Secondary-clicking (or, right-clicking) an item will reveal a contextual menu: the resulting menu depends on what’s being right-clicked on (Or, the context in which it’s being applied. Hence the name, contextual menu).
Using secondary-click saves significant time and effort in the long-term. For example, it can be used to move an item to the Bin; create a New Folder; create a zip file out of a file or folder; or reveal the Info window.
Tip: Try right-clicking on your desktop to create a new folder, or to change your desktop background image.
Another tip: Holding down the Control key (found in the bottom left of the keyboard), and clicking will also produce a right-click.
The mouse and trackpad also respond to Gestures: taps or swipes performed with 1 or more fingers.
Trackpads have more features than the Apple mouse. Check out all the tabs at the top of your Trackpad / Mouse system preferences pane, and experiment These gestures will save you time, and allow you to quickly and efficiently navigate your way around the computer.