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How to right click on an iPad

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.

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

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

  4. Tip

    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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About the Author

In 2008 Amanda Gronot began her professional career as a writer for a research company. She helped ghostwrite a book for a prominent CEO and has had essays and translations published in the prestigious classics journal "Helicon." Gronot graduated with a four-year Master of Arts/Bachelor of Arts in classics from Yale University.

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