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I use the ctrl button to emulate the right-click in OS X on my MacBook with an integrated trackpad.

When I connect to a windows computer with Remote Desktop I do not get to use the ctrl button in the same way.

Is there a way to configure this to get right click from the trackpad?

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    What hardware are you using to generate mouse clicks on OS X? I believe support for contextual menus was added by Apple about 20 years ago so I'm scratching my head to think that any software wouldn't support it by now. – bmike Oct 11 '15 at 16:07
  • Well, I was using the trackpad of my MacBook Pro. Remote Desktop takes over the ctrl key on my keyboard, so I cannot use the ctrl key as I normally would do within OS X. – Joachim Bratteli Oct 11 '15 at 18:16
  • I've edited that information in to the main post so that people can see it - comments do get deleted and hidden based on how old/many/bad they are. These aren't bad, but I don't want to lose that important part down the line. – bmike Oct 11 '15 at 18:19
  • Please don't think me a sore loser, but how is the accepted answer better than my answer, which not only gives alternatives for 3 input methods, but also describes how to activate them.... – Tetsujin Oct 11 '15 at 18:24
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    at JoachimBratteli & @bmike - thank you both, for kind & rational explanations. [ 'at' is for system limitation on notifications using @ ] – Tetsujin Oct 11 '15 at 18:55
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Actually I use RDP from a Mac all the time to Windows servers. The right-click can be simulated with a two finger tap on a track pad. The same behaviour works from a magic mouse and magic track pad.

  • Worked! I probably should learn some more gestures for the trackpad, as I've been doing it "wrong" for a long time. – Joachim Bratteli Oct 11 '15 at 19:59
  • Thanks so much! I can't believe I've been using Ctrl-Click on the Mac instead of 2-finger tap!! – Hampden123 Apr 12 '17 at 11:30
  • it should be mentioned that this must be enabled in Systems Preference -> Trackpad -> Point and Click. – Michael Dec 19 '18 at 23:22
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RDP isn't really configurable in any real way.
Your only option is to actually send it a right click. Windows doesn't have any ctrl/click alternative, even with direct access.

From Remote Desktop Client on Mac: FAQ

Alternative hardware input methods & activation details :-

  • Standard PC two button USB mouse
  • Apple Magic Mouse: To enable right-click, click System Preferences in the dock, click Mouse, and then enable Secondary click.
  • Apple Magic Trackpad or MacBook Trackpad: To enable right-click, click System Preferences in the dock, click Mouse, and then enable Secondary click.
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    In my case I should just have used the Secondary Click using two finger tap, as it has been configured like that all the time without my knowledge. Thanks for linking to an informative page about the Remote Desktop client @tetsujin – Joachim Bratteli Oct 11 '15 at 20:05
  • So if you just have an ordinary one-button apple mouse you are hosed, huh? – John Hascall Jun 28 '17 at 16:30
  • @JohnHascall - Macs haven't had a one-button mouse since about 2001.... – Tetsujin Jun 28 '17 at 17:23
  • You exaggerate considerably. Magic Mouse wasn't even introduced until 2009 – John Hascall Jun 28 '17 at 21:58
  • @JohnHascall - tbh, I'm struggling to remember, as I don't actually use the Apple ones much... I had a 3-button [ADB logitech?] in the mid 90's, no scroll-wheel in those days. My Bondi iMac's hockey-puck went in the drawer after 2 days, same with every variation of 'magic' mouse ever since. I'm still on Logitechs, but these days the 8-button MX518. – Tetsujin Jun 29 '17 at 6:09
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I needed to make right button mouse clicks work on a Windows 7 VM accessed from the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on my Mac running MacOS Sierra with an Apple Magic Mouse.

Going to "System Preferences..." on the Mac, selecting "Mouse", ticking/checking "Secondary click" and selecting "Click on right side" did the try for me.

Then when I accessed my Windows VM, clicking once on the right side of the mouse enabled the pop-up menu I needed to access.

  • I agree that this would be an answer if the question were about a magic mouse. For the trackpad you have a similar configuration under "System Preferences..." -> "Trackpad". The default setup seems to be "Click with two fingers" to obtain "Secondary Click" on the trackpad. It may be that the question raised in the title "How to emulate mouse right-click in Microsoft Remote Desktop?" should have stated that it is about the trackpad. – Joachim Bratteli Jan 9 '17 at 14:23
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The context key, aka menu key, should be the same as right clicking where the text caret is. Shift-F10 should be the same as the context key.

  • Mac doesn't have a Context/Menu Key. Did you actually test any of this... from a Mac? – Tetsujin Oct 11 '15 at 19:23
  • This might have been a solution if the Shift-F10 did emulate the context key in Windows from my MacBook Pro and the pointer position would have been taken into consideration. It does not on both points. On my MacBook Pro Shift-Fn-F10 works to call the context menu function. Still; The context menu function on Windows is designed to get the context menu on the current selection, and not were the mouse pointer is located, as a right-click would do. – Joachim Bratteli Dec 2 '15 at 13:18

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