How to Right Click on Surface Pro

You can right click on a Surface Pro by long pressing the screen, using the virtual touchpad, or using a Type Cover or mouse.

Right clicking on a computer often opens up a contextual menu full of options and functions related to whatever you right clicked. It can bring up file properties, settings, and so much more. It is a quick and useful action that makes using a computer more intuitive.

If you have a mouse, right clicking is self explanatory, but how can you right click on a Surface Pro or other tablet? Keep reading to find out.

Key Takeaways

  • Holding down your finger on the screen for around a second without moving it will trigger a right click.
  • If you use a virtual touchpad, pressing the right click button on it will work.
  • If you have a Type Cover and/or mouse connected to the Surface Pro, you can use them to right click.

Long Press the Screen

The first option if you want to right click on the Surface Pro is by long pressing the screen. Instead of touching the screen for a moment like you would to select or click something like a folder or app, simply hold your finger down for around a second. 

A small box will appear, and then you can release your finger and the menu will appear and remain on your screen. Make sure not to move your finger as you press or this method will not work. You can long press anywhere on the screen to right click on the device.

Use the Virtual Touchpad

Another option is to use the virtual touchpad on your Surface Pro. This feature brings up a touchpad on your screen that works just like a physical touchpad that is found on many keyboards.

You can glide your finger on the virtual touchpad to move your cursor, and there is a left and right button that can be pressed. Opening the on-screen virtual touchpad is slightly different on Windows 10 than on Windows 11. 

If you have Windows 10, you need to right click the taskbar using the previous method, and then choose the Show touchpad button. Then, locate the button (it looks like a touchpad) and press it to bring a virtual touchpad onto your screen that can be moved where you see fit.

If your device uses Windows 11, you need to right click the taskbar and choose Taskbar settings. Under Taskbar corner icons, make sure that Virtual touchpad is in the on position. Then simply click the touchpad button in your taskbar.

Use a Type Cover or Mouse

Of course, if you prefer to use a keyboard like the Type Cover, right clicking is as simple as pressing the right click button on the touchpad. In addition to the Type Cover, other keyboards with a touchpad on them should also let you right click on the device.

If you enjoy using a mouse to navigate the screen on your Surface Pro, right clicking is as easy as pressing the right mouse button. If your mouse is wired, simply plug it into one of the ports on your device.

For a wireless mouse, you will need to either plug in the adapter, or connect the mouse via Bluetooth. To use Bluetooth, you need to press the Bluetooth button on your mouse and then go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices > Add Bluetooth or other device.

Final Thoughts

Right clicking can be a great way to quickly gain access to different options, features, or settings. Whether you decide to press the screen, use a virtual touchpad, or use a Type Cover/mouse, we hope this guide has been able to help you right click on your Surface Pro.

Did we leave something out that you feel should have been included in this guide? If so, let us know in a comment.

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