Sometimes I want to be able to click an object that is not usually clickable – e.g. a panel.
One way I’ve thought about doing this is placing a clickable object like a button on top of the panel, but making the button transparent. Then when I click the panel, the invisible button will send a bang.
In max 5 an up there’s also [hover], so you could scripting-name various objects (though not all will work with [hover] as I recall) and sense when the mouse is over them. Then you can use [mousestate] to sense the click. Might be helpful too, and you have the advantage of getting a message before the click, if you want that.