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
Download and run Reimage Plus to scan and restore corrupt and missing files from here, once done proceed with the solutions below. It is important to ensure that all system files are intact and not corrupt before proceeding with the solutions below.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.