Distinguish left and right mouse click with jQuery

As of jQuery version 1.1.3 event.which normalizes event.keyCode and event.charCode so you don’t have to worry about browser compatibility issues. Documentation on event.which

computer-mouse-click

event.which will give 1, 2 or 3 for left, middle and right mouse buttons respectively so:

$('#element').mousedown(function(event) {
    switch (event.which) {
        case 1:
            alert('Left mouse button pressed');
            break;
        case 2:
            alert('Middle mouse button pressed');
            break;
        case 3:
            alert('Right mouse button pressed');
            break;
        default:
            alert('You have a strange mouse');
    }
});
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