Right-Click on a Mac not working in labs + other Mac tips

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Certain functions of the mouse and keyboard are done differently for Macs than for Windows computers. Among these differences are Right-clicking and using the Ctrl/control keys. The keyboard and mouse functions of our labs were primarily designed to mimic Windows. This can cause certain functions in our lab simulations to need to be done differently on a Mac, especially in our labs that simulate Microsoft Office products.


There are a few methods to right click with a Mac laptop and the most common are to tap with two fingers on the trackpad, to hold 'control' and then click, or to use a right click compatible mouse.

Certain LabSim funtions may not work correctly if the common 'control + Click' method is used. This is because LabSim, at times, registers the control key as if it were equal to the Ctrl key for Windows which is used for different functions such as highlighting, copying, and pasting. So, if the 'control + Click' method doesn't perform a right click in your lab simulation, try tapping on the trackpad with two fingers instead, or using one of the other options described here: http://www.wikihow.com/Right-Click-on-a-Mac

If you have a one-button Mac mouse, you can enable its right-click functionality in the System Preferences menu under the Mouse section. The computer will sense which side of the mouse you are clicking on, even if there is only one button on the mouse.

Other Mac-specific tips (especially for Desktop Pro and Office Pro simulations)

While this course is compatible with the Mac OS (through the Safari web browser), students should be aware that the course teaches Microsoft Office for Windows. Consequently, some keyboard commands will necessarily be different in the simulated labs. Here are a couple of notable examples:
  • Windows keyboards include both a Backspace and a Delete key. Windows applications are programmed to take advantage of both of these commands. When used to remove text, the Backspace key deletes the character to the left of the cursor. In Windows, the Delete key deletes the character to the right of the cursor.
  • Mac keyboards only include one delete key, which is roughly equivalent to the Backspace key on Windows keyboards. This is not a problem when it comes to deleting text, but it can lead to unexpected behavior when used for other purposes, such as deleting the contents of a row in Excel. In cases like this, Mac users will need to press fn + delete, which effectively behaves like the Windows Delete key, rather than the Backspace key.
The simulated keyboard shortcuts for various functions in our labs are designed to match Microsoft Office for Windows, so Mac users must hold 'control' instead of 'command' when completing most of these simulated shortcuts. The table below has some examples of the altered key combinations that should be used for Mac users in our simulations.
Undo control + Z
Copy control + C
Cut control + X
Paste control + V