Repair: The right-click menu appears unpredictably

Some Windows 10 users report an unusual problem: The right-click context menu appears unexpectedly and without user intervention. Most affected users report that this problem occurs at random times with no obvious trigger. Although this problem is much more common in Windows 10, some users complain about the same problem in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. In this article, we’ll give you the whole procedure of the different ways to set a random right-click menu to appear in Windows 10.

What is the cause of the random right-click menu display in Windows?

What is the cause of the random right-click menu display in Windows?

We investigated this particular problem by examining different user opinions and trying different recovery strategies that are often recommended by other interested users who have already successfully solved this problem. It turns out that several different scenarios lead to this behavior. Here is a shortlist of culprits that can cause this behavior:

Corrupted/Incomplete Driver: It turns out that this particular problem can occur because the keyboard/mouse driver being used is not complete or corrupted until certain keys are triggered, even if the user has not physically pressed that key. In such situations, it is best to run the built-in keyboard troubleshooter and automatically fix the driver mismatch.

Click-Lock enabled: According to various user reports, this problem can also be caused by a mouse feature called ClickLock. This feature can cause random pop-up menus when the user tries to drag something using the Click-Lock feature. In this case, you should be able to solve the problem by disabling the Click-Lock feature completely.

Physical keyboard problem: A software problem is not the only possible culprit. In some cases, this behavior is caused by a locked key that produces the equivalent of a right-click (Shift + F10 or the “Menu” key can cause this behavior). In this case, the only solution is to try to uncheck the stuck key(s) or connect another device.

If you are also experiencing this behavior and are looking for a solution, this article contains several troubleshooting guides that you can use to fix the problem. Below is a set of possible solutions that other users in a similar situation have successfully used to fix this error message.

For best results, we recommend that you follow the methods below in the same order as we have listed them (in order of effectiveness and difficulty). Ultimately, you should come up with a solution that solves the problem, regardless of the cause.

How do you fix the accidental appearance of the right-click menu in Windows?

How do you fix the accidental appearance of the right-click menu in Windows?

Disable ClickLock.
  1. Press Start + I on your keyboard to open the settings panel.
  2. Select your devices from the list.
  3. Navigate to the “Mouse” option in the left pane.
  4. Locate the “Relevant Settings” section in the right pane.
  5. Click the Advanced Mouse Settings button.
  6. Locate ClickLock on the Buttons tab.
  7. Uncheck the “Enable ClickLock” box.
  8. Click the “OK” or “Apply” button at the bottom of the page to confirm the change.
Use the keypad for troubleshooting.

This can be a good way to solve the problem of automatic right-clicking in Windows 10 caused by a corrupted file or incomplete driver.

  1. Press Start + I to open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Update and Protection.
  3. In the left pane, go to the Troubleshooting option.
  4. On the right pane, scroll down to find and fix other problems.
  5. At the bottom, select Keyboard.
  6. Click the Run Troubleshooter button that appears after the last step.
  7. Wait for the diagnostic process to complete.
  8. Follow the fixes and system instructions.
Check whether the key is pressed or not.

Users should open the on-screen keyboard utility to check if any keys are stuck on the keyboard.

  1. Press Start + I to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type osk in the text box and press Enter on your keyboard.
  3. Look at all the keys listed here to see if the key is locked (it will turn blue).
  4. Try letting go of the key you have in your hand.

You can also try updating your device drivers to fix the error: when you right-click, the menu keeps opening Windows 10.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Update the mouse driver.
  2. Check the mouse.
  3. Disable tablet mode.
  4. Remove third-party shell extensions.
  5. Restart Windows Explorer (files).
  6. Check the "Remove the default context menu from Windows Explorer" group policy.

You can open the context menu in the Start menu by right-clicking or holding an application tile on the Start screen or an application listed in the All Applications list.

When you right-click on a file or folder in Windows, there should be a delete/cut option. You can disable it using certain registry settings or the Group Policy Editor. A pop-up window will now appear with the option Automatically fix file system errors.

On the left side of the Chrome developer tools toolbar is a button that allows you to select an item to view independently of the context menu managers. It looks like a square with an arrow pointing toward the center. There you will find Enable, right-click. Below you will find the web resource.

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