I've noticed that Ctrl+LeftClick emulates RightClick (the same way Apple+LeftClick emulates the MiddleClick). Is there any way to disable the default action for Ctrl+LeftClick on OS X? (currently using 10.5).

Update: I am using a four-button Logitech "UltraX Optical Mouse," nothing fancy: http://goo.gl/AKZw

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    So you don't want it to emulate RightClick? And what kind of mouse are you using? – Ivo Flipse Feb 8 '10 at 12:22
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    Actually, given the history of the single-button mice on the Mac, I guess that right-click emulates Ctrl-click ;-) – Arjan Feb 8 '10 at 13:19

I'm having difficulties doing Ctrl+Click in VNC clients when I'm connected to Windows XP machines.

When using OS X's built-in Screen Sharing as your Mac's VNC client, then Ctrl-click is sent to Windows servers just fine. (You'll actually need a multi-button mouse then to do a Windows-like right-click. That is: the only way I know how to do a right-click in a Windows-session with Screen Sharing is actually right-clicking.)

To start Screen Sharing, hit Cmd-K in Finder and type some URL that starts with vnc:// To create a shortcut in 10.6, first connect to the remote server and then drag the proxy-icon (the little icon in the menu bar, left of window title) somewhere. In 10.5, one can create a shortcut by dragging the vnc:// URL from the Safari location bar (address bar) instead.


Use shift + ctrl + right click to get the the normal ctrl + right click functionality in VNC to Windows or VMWare etc.

Tested in OSX 10.7.4 with Windows in VMWare 4.


It's part of the OS. Ctrl+Click is the command for a context menu.

Some (not all) mouse drivers support right-clicking to emulate ctrl-click. Not the other way around. If you don't use it, then don't use it. Nobody is forcing you to, and no Mac application will use ctrl-click for anything else. (Command-click, yes, like Illustrator.)

  • Actually, I'm having difficulties doing Ctrl+Click in VNC clients when I'm connected to Windows XP machines. Yes, I am being forced to use it. – Tom Feb 8 '10 at 15:23
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    Why taking rep points off when the question is unclear – r0ca Feb 8 '10 at 16:07
  • not the downvoter, but I suppose somebody didn't like your tone of "If you don't use it, then don't use it". there are many valid reasons to want to use control-click for something other than right click. – Michael Sep 17 '14 at 17:57

I just had the same problem using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client.

What actually works: Clicking first and then pressing Ctrl instead of the other way around.



cmd + click

This will fall back to

ctrl + click

In most of the applications.

Confirmed to work in Google music for me.

  • in javascript, a command click shows up as an alt click – Michael Sep 17 '14 at 17:56

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