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Fix: Right Click Not Working on Windows 10

In Windows 10, you may encounter an issue whereby the right click does not work (or rather, the context menu doesn’t appear). In some cases right clicking on the mouse works erratically; sometimes responding and others just remains still.

However, if you take a look at the WinX folder all the shortcuts in there will work seamlessly when directly clicked. You can even see the event viewer.

Many things could be the cause of the right click not working in Windows 10 but let us narrow down on the two most notorious cases.

Repair Corrupt System Files

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Turning off the TABLET mode

The failure of the right click function can be directly attributed to TABLET mode being activated on your computer. You cannot do most of the right click operations while in this mode. There are many ways to turn off the tablet mode on your Windows 10 PC.

Turn off Tablet Mode in Action Center

For this option, press the combination keys WINDOWS + A; or click on the system icon for Action Center which is usually located in the taskbar notification zone. Navigate to the bottom of Action Center and then click or tap on Tablet Mode. It is a two – way toggle between ON and OFF, so do it according to your preference. Once done, test to see if the right-click now works.

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Turning off TABLET mode from the Settings App

Go to Settings and click on System. On the left hand side you will see the line Tablet Mode. Click on it, and on the right side identify the phrase “Make Windows more touch – friendly when using your device as a tablet”. Turn it off.

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In case you need to enable Tablet mode, just do the same thing as above but this time turn the button ON.

Take note of the options just under this instruction; they may come in handy for future interactions. There are options for the mode that initiates immediately after you sign in. You can let the system automatically switch to tablet mode on signing in, go to desktop, or just use the last signing in mode. There are also some more options of how the system notifies you when tablet mode is on automatic mode.

Use system registry editor to turn off Tablet Mode (Advanced Users Only)

Go to “Run”. In Run, key in the word regedit.exe or just regedit. The registry editor appears. Navigate to the path

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell

When you click on the folder ImmersiveShell, on the right hand side locate the DWORD/entry TabletMode. To turn off tablet mode, change its value to 0.

Shell Extension Manager for Windows

The right click problem is sometimes also caused by third party extensions on context menus. There is a utility that can help you get rid of these extensions effectively without much struggle.

Download this utility and save it on your PC.

Once saved, using your keyboard “run as administrator”. No installation is required here.

On the menu that appears select Options. Click Filter by Extension Type and then opt for Context Menu.

A list will be shown. Take note of the items having a pink background. They are the entries installed by 3rd party software.

Press and hold the CTRL key and then click on all the entries having a pink background. On the left corner, click the red button to disable them all.

Again under Options, Restart Explorer.

Right click on your desktop now and see if the problem has been resolved. If so, start enabling the 3rd party extensions one by one.

If once again the right click problem occurs, it is most certainly the last 3rd party extension you enabled. Disable it; or just completely uninstall its parent software or program if necessary.

Executing DISM Commands

It is possible that the Disk health is damaged due to which the right-click is not working on the computer. Therefore, in this step, we will be checking and repairing the Disk Health. For that:

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” keys simultaneously and type in cmd.
    Opening Run Prompt
  2. Press the “Shift” + “Ctrl” + “enter” keys simultaneously to open an elevated command prompt.
  3. Type in the following commands one by one and press “enter” after each
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth 
    
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth 
    
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  4. After the process finishes, check to see if the issue persists.

Initiating SFC Scan

It is possible that a certain driver or “.dll” file is missing or has been corrupted. Therefore, in this step, we will be initiating an SFC scan to check and repair this issue. For that:

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” keys simultaneously and type in cmd.
    Opening Run Prompt
  2. Press the “Shift” + “Ctrl” + “enter” keys simultaneously to open an elevated command prompt.
  3. Type in the following command and press “Enter” to execute it
    sfc/scannow
    Running SFC scan
  4. Wait while the system is being scanned and check to see if the issue persists after the scan is completed.

Removing Registry Items

Sometimes, the error is fixed simply by deleting certain registry entries. If the registry configurations have been corrupted or are wrongly configured they can prevent certain elements of the operating system from functioning correctly. In order to fix that:

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the run prompt.
    Opening Run Prompt
  2. Type in “regedit” and press “Enter”.
    Running the Registry Editor
  3. Navigate to the following path
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\NvCplDesktopContext
    Navigate to the indicated path
  4. Delete all the Folders in EXCEPT the following
    FileSyncEx
    
    New
    
    Sharing
    
    WorkFolders
  5. Right-click on any folder except for the ones indicated above and select “Delete” from the list to remove them.
    Delete Entries like these

WARNING: During the above steps, you may lose your desktop after disabling stuff and you will be left with nothing to work on for the rest of the processes. If this occurs, just press Ctrl-Alt-Del. In task manager, select the file tab, run a new task and then key in explorer.exe. Your desktop will come up immediately.

31 Comments

  1. hey,,,i followed all ur steps..1.disabled tablet mode 2.downloaded the shellx software and disabled all the non microsoft context menu entries……neither worked for me…right click issue still persist…
    im running windows 10

    with intel core i3-5005U processor ,intel hd graphics 5500…

  2. Kevin, Thanks so much for the post. While enable/disable tablet mode did nothing, using ShellExView allowed me to discover that the extension “Autodesk Inventor Part” was causing right-click to fail on any folder (symptom: delay followed by Windows Explorer Reset). I upgraded (?) from Win 7 to Win 10 in July with an existing, working version of Autodesk Inventor on the system. This version of Inventor is known to be incompatible with Win 10 but did not seem to cause system problems until the right-click failure was noticed on 10-Sep. Very odd. Thanks for your help. Les

  3. Hello,

    I have a weird problem.. I cannot even start the explorer nor click on any desktop folders/icons…

    I cannot right click on any of the folder/processes… Seems some issue with the permission…

    Need to run all the apps by command prompt….

    Thanks

  4. Quick question…… how are you supposed to right click run as admin if the right click isn’t working in the first place?

  5. The Shell Extension Manager for Windows solved this very annoying problem for me. Thank you very much for the solution. 🙂

  6. Thanks for your guide. After turning off the Tablet Mode the right click functions worked again and I got my icons back onto the desktop screen. perfect solutionh.

  7. Thanks for your guidance, Kevin. I turned off the tablet mode and got my icons back and the right click is working again. You are amazing!

  8. Thanks! Shell Extensions Manager worked.
    But i disabled all the 3rd party shell extensions, and enabled all of them back, and the problem was solved.

  9. Shell EX View fixed it! Thank you!! My computer was having trouble dealing with Polaris Office and FoxIt PhantomPDF context menu add-ons.

  10. Yes this ShellEX View fix has worked. I cannot believe that Microsoft windows 10 is subject to such a fatal flaw. Just shows how lousy Microsoft products are and as a company they are useless.. Thank you for this fix.

  11. My right click mouse won’t work on pictures, it works fine in other files. I would be very thankful if anyone got the solution to this.

  12. What we need is a console that shows which event handler is intercepting the RMB-click first! We cannot spend hours to enable and disable one by one all shell extensions!

  13. Thanks, this worked perfectly.
    i was annoyed by a pop-up notification by intel’s optane shell explorer extensions and this work first try!

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