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Right-clicking displays a shortcut menu (context menu).

Right-click by holding down the control key on the keyboard and click the mouse to display shortcut menus (also called contextual menus).

If a command is active, the shortcut menu displays:

  • Enter: Confirms default options of the current command or ends entity selection
  • Cancel: Cancel command execution
  • ESnap Overrides: Lets you select entity snap options and coordinate input methods
  • Pan and Zoom
  • Options that are available at the current prompt

If no command is active, the context menu displays commonly used commands:

  • Repeat previous command
  • Cut, Copy, Copy with Reference Point, Paste, and Paste as Block
  • Undo and Redo
  • Pan and Zoom
  • Options (general settings)
  • Drafting Options

Right-clicking on a Mac™ computer

  • On Mac computers with a one-button mouse, hold down the ctrl button on the keyboard and click the mouse. The ctrl and click combination produces the same result as a right-click (also called Control-click). When the shortcut menu appears, release the key.
  • If you use a laptop, enable the two-finger click on your trackpad. Open System Preferences and click Trackpad. Select For secondary clicks, place two fingers on the trackpad then click the button". If you use an older version of macOS, select Tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click. To simulate a right-click, place two fingers on the trackpad and click the trackpad button.
  • macOS supports any standard USB two-button mouse. The mouse should work immediately.
  • For special mouse models, consult the hardware manual.

Throughout the help, right-click is a synonym for for holding down the control key on the keyboard and clicking the mouse.

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