How to right click on an iPad

Written by amanda gronot
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How to right click on an iPad
All iPad navigation is done through touch. (Getty Premium images)

Because the iPad does not have a mouse, or many physical buttons at all, it may not seem like you can "right-click" as you would with a computer. However, even the touch-sensitive screen of this tablet computer can facilitate the same basic right-click functions. Like almost all the commands done on an iPad, the right-click equivalent must be done using a touch command -- namely, pressing and holding.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Locate a link, page or image on which you wish to "right-click."

  2. 2

    Press and hold your finger on the item for about five seconds. A menu appears with options such as "Save," "Copy," "Paste," "Select" or "Open in New Page."

  3. 3

    Lift your finger and tap the appropriate option. If you don't want to select any option, tap the page outside of the menu.

Tips and warnings

  • You can't "right-click" in every app. "Right-clicking" in different apps and on different objects will give you different options.

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