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Right-click not working on trackpad

66523 Views 43 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2014 7:12 PM by sunshineyboots RSS
  • ddj2 Calculating status...
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    May 12, 2013 10:50 AM (in response to Tiktoc)

    I am having the same problem. Only in Finder.. only on highlighted files. This is a feature I use regularly. Any help out there?

    I have found the "command O" for opening multiple files at once, but what a pain!

    I am not super computer literate and love that you all have so much knowledge. I will keep checking back, hoping for an answer!

    Thank you!!

  • Gregg Kasten Calculating status...
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    May 13, 2013 10:46 AM (in response to bereanboarder)

    I had the very same problem Tiktoc and bereanboarder had:

    MBP, 10.6.8.

    This weekend, the 2 finger tap stopped working in the finder. It works in other applications just fine.


    It's been a couple of weeks since I've installed any updates.


    I DID install Google Drive over the weekend - I wonder if that's what broke it?

  • Gregg Kasten Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 13, 2013 5:50 PM (in response to Gregg Kasten)

    Confirmed - it's Google Drive.


    When Google Drive is running:

    Putting the Finder in the background and then pulling it to the foreground breaks 2-finger tap.


    If I quit Google Drive and restart Finder, I can freely put the Finder in the background and then pull it to the foreground, and 2-finger tap continues to work properly.


    If I re-launch Google Drive, the next time I background-foreground the Finder, 2-finger tap is broken again.

  • Gregg Kasten Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 13, 2013 5:55 PM (in response to Gregg Kasten)

    ... And it's listed on Google Drive's bug page as a known issue:


    "Right-click not working on Google Drive files and folders in Finder's column view on Mac OS X"



    A workaround is listed, and the workaround worked for me (albeit at the expense of losing visual status into Google Drive file sync status).



    The workaround entails turning off a feature of Google Drive that does "live" switching of your icons to show your file sync status.

    My bet is that if you have any kind of application that mucks with your Finder icons like Google Drive does, you increase your chances of encountering this 2-finger click problem.

  • lkshcvlisjdflbdfpsb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2013 2:18 AM (in response to DoubleRainbow)

    Not a fix for this but the Genius Bar told me since I played guitar, the callouses on my finger tips were responsible for the problem. Ain't that a hoot. Some darn fine troubleshooting there, folks.

  • ddj2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2013 9:25 AM (in response to Gregg Kasten)

    Thank you, Gregg Kasten!

    I have been running Google Drive for months and the problem just started. Not sure how something changed for me, but it did. Your information and the directions on Google Support made it all better.

    Thank you for your help.

  • ezGame Calculating status...
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    Dec 4, 2013 8:27 AM (in response to DoubleRainbow)

    Got the same problem that right-click on won't.  Tried system preference and other methods suggested but all failed.  Finaly I tried to shut down the system completely instead of just restart it. It works.  I got my right-click on my trackpad right where I want it.  So in my case, the trick is to shut down (turn the computer off completely) and turn it back on after 5 seconds.  Restart is different from turn off and thrn turn it back on.  Hope this will help.

  • kevinkendall Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Jan 9, 2014 12:58 PM (in response to DoubleRainbow)

    I recently got myself a Macbook Pro 8,1 with a fresh Mavericks 9.1, & after exploring this new Mavericks for a bit I realized that my MB's trackpad right-click button wasn't doing what it does on my MB 7,1 – bring up context menus.  After going to Obvious Place #1 thru Obvious Place #7 or so, I was dumbfounded as to HOW to get my MB's goll-danged trackpad right-click button to work & bring up context menus in Mavericks. I KNEW it was possible, but..... ugghh...


    I read several of the "here's how to fix it" articles in Google hits, & then in posts here, tried about 3 of these here but none of them got my MB's trackpad right button to work the way I wanted it to.

    So I gave up on poring through all these posts for other people's "should fix it's" & went back to just dinkin' around with my Mac's Preferences & so forth.

    And then... TA DA!  Found it.

    Real simple, guys & gals....

    You who haven't found "the fix" yet are gonna kick yer hineys  hehe (I'm sure that somebody's already posted the "fix" somewhere in these 4 or so pages of posts).


    I'm not going to continue reading through all the posts here until I find this  DUH! no-brainer "fix" (which it's not, really. it's just the way it's 'sposed to be done), so I'm just going to post this along with a screenshot I took showing where ya go & what ya do to get your trackpad's right-click button to work as the contextual click button, which oughta pretty much end any more questions from anyone here about how ya do it, at least from those with Mavericks.


    So all's well, life's good.

    Well, most of the time....

    Sunny & it's finally kinda warm in Denver today. That's sure good.

    And I got a a couplea classy Macbooks in front of me & not a Windoze Frankenstein machine..... And that's REAL good.


    Kevin Kendall

    Mac 1987-89 | The Dark Side 1989-2006 uggh | Back To Mac 2006-Infinity


    How to enable trackpad's right-click context button in Mavericks.jpg

    MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.1), 8,1|i7|2.7GHz|8GB RAM|512GB SSD
  • DamienNY Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 10, 2014 8:55 PM (in response to kevinkendall)

    Im trying to get an idea of your solution from your screenshot but it looks like you captured the trackpad's setting's menu??

  • ShoshiLilly Calculating status...
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    Feb 8, 2014 4:10 PM (in response to kevinkendall)

    Thanks so much! I was going crazy with something so simple!

  • kevinkendall Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Feb 8, 2014 8:31 PM (in response to DamienNY)


  • kevinkendall Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Feb 8, 2014 8:37 PM (in response to ShoshiLilly)

    Looking for the simple solutions first is a good habit to get into.

    Like... Is it even plugged in?? 


    Hey Shoshi... I've been stuck at 85 points for a long long time, despite many people telling me in these posts that my info has helped 'em out. Any chance you could help me get above a hundred, will ya pretty please? THX! KK

  • DamienNY Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 9, 2014 9:41 PM (in response to kevinkendall)

    I think some of us (or at least I was) looking for an answer as to why the two finger rt click/tap wouldnt work in specific situations or at least not consistently (per the thread). Not so much where the system preferences were .

  • sunshineyboots Calculating status...
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    Apr 15, 2014 7:12 PM (in response to DoubleRainbow)

    i'm still having this issue, and none of the overly simple solutions helped. i shut it off and checked my trackpad preferences (again) and it's still not working. i can get the menu to show up if i move it from bottom right to bottom left click, but that's not what i want.


    can anyone please help?



    and i don't have google drive.

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