Disabling ctrl+click as right-click is useful because:

  1. Many web app rely on ctrl+click (typically for multiple selection).
  2. There is little use for this combo (mice have 2+ buttons and trackpad emulate right-click with two-finger click or clicking in the right zone).

Can it be done in OS X Mavericks?

This question has been asked before for Lion and answered negatively (i.e. a third party utility is needed). Has this improved for Mavericks?

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    Note: for the first point it's cleary a design flaw, since on OSX multiple selection if achieve with Cmd. – Matthieu Riegler Jan 22 '14 at 16:00

There is no system supported method for disabling ctrl+click from functioning as a secondary click in Mavericks.

You can use Karabiner to remap "Control+LeftClick to LeftClick," which essentially disables this behavior system-wide.


Using Karabiner to map Control+LeftClick to LeftClick

You can also remap it to just about anything you like.

However, I don't know of any web apps (and certainly not most or many) which don't recognize and respect Command+LeftClick as a way to multi-select. That is the standard for Mac OS X.

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    this is not the best choice if you need to use the CTRL+click for some other action, this will completly remap it, so you can;t use it elsewhere – Asped Sep 27 '16 at 12:07
  • Also Karabiner-EventViewer will help you debug keys (in my case a bug made the Cmd key always on) – Dorian Feb 3 '17 at 5:31
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    Karabiner-Elements-11.6.0 on High Sierra 10.13.3 does not have any choice starting with control in the "Simple Modifications" tab (the first one). Anybody with an idea how to fix Ctrl key with this combo? – Richlv Mar 23 '18 at 11:58
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    This application has changed, you'll need to import this "Complex Modification" rule pqrs.org/osx/karabiner/complex_modifications/… – Ryan Williams Aug 20 '19 at 2:49

In my VMWare Windows 7 guest, I have found (after reading this post) that using Ctrl+Command+LeftClick works the same as Ctrl+LeftClick would in a hardware Windows machine.

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  • How do i turn this feature off lol – Jamie Hutber Oct 30 '18 at 10:45

Try the right option key+click

This works for me using parallels with Windows 8.1, I haven’t personally come across web apps that use this, so I can't test this.

Right click actually emulates control+click due to the history of apple sticking with a single button mouse for so long, thus the context menu used the control click method, plus Mac OS X doesn’t have a context key on the keyboard like Windows Keyboards (located on the right side of the main keyboard, in-between the control and alt (alt GR) or windows keys).

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I found that I can use Option+Command in lieu of Control when using online Flash training applications (I'm using 10.8.5 Mountain Lion).

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Option+Command+LeftClick, recommended by mvreijn for VMware Windows 7 guests, works quite nicely in Citrix connections to Windows 7 machines.

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BetterTouchTool allows ctrl-click remapping. There is an example of ctrl-click to alt-space remapping for IDEA. enter image description here

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In System Preferences->Keyboard->Modifier Keys, you can change the function of the keys. If you switch cmd with ctrl, ctrl will work with applications as ctrl without the right click.

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just go to Accessibility > Keyboard > Open Keyboard Preferences... > Modifier Keys > Contro (^) Key > No Action

click ok then youre done!

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    What?! You can't mean that. – Dalibor Filus Jun 5 '15 at 15:00
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    Not a good idea—this just disables the Control key entirely. – krs013 Nov 29 '15 at 18:21
  • this is no solution... you must be joking.. this way you can;t use the ctrl key for any other shortcut ! – Asped Sep 27 '16 at 12:08

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