The Right-Click Action on the iPad
So as you can see, there are various ways of using your fingers on Apple’s popular tablet. But how do you right click on iPad?
The truth is that there isn't a to do this. Before we go any further, however, let’s take a look at the benefits of right-clicking on a Windows PC or Mac.
In fact, let’s stop right there: there has been little use of the right-click function on Apple Mac computers for years until recently, thanks to the combination of the command key with the standard left-click – or in the case of most Apple computers over the years, the standard click.
You see, right-click is a function that has only arrived on Macs over the past ten years. Before that, Apple computers shipped with a mouse with a single button. Right-clicking, therefore, is largely alien to the Apple way of life, and while it is incorporated into the modern OS, it is still supplemented by the command key/left-click combination.
The result of either kind of right click, however, is a context menu, and this is the same in Windows and Mac OS X. A context menu is one that delivers a set of menu options directly related to the item you right-clicked. A typical action is right-clicking an image in a web page in order to choose the option to save it to your computer.
Selecting a similar option on an iPad is initially difficult, as there is no right-click function. However, this doesn’t mean that there is no context menu, only that there is a different way to access it.
One fact worth considering is that context menus are only provided where appropriate. Therefore if you attempt to try the following gesture in an iPad app that doesn’t support or require any contextual instructions to be made available, then you will receive no response from the device.
The best example app in which to try the equivalent right-click gesture is in the iPad browser, and it really is quite simple – simply tap and hold to display the context menu and make your choice from the list of options!
Alternatively, of course, you could choose to jailbreak your iPad and install a physical mouse...