[Fixed] Right Click Not Responding or Working on Windows 10

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Brithny updated on Nov 29, 2021 to Computer Instruction | How-to Articles

Windows 10 Right Click Not Working

In Windows 10, you may encounter an issue where the right click does not work (or rather, the context menu doesn’t appear). Some users find that the right click button suddenly not working properly, rendering your click right to see more properties option is out of the question. 

This is rather strange since the left click and the navigation zone work just fine. Up till now, there is no a solid explanation for why is this error is happening. But there are some effective workarounds that might be able to help. 

Fixes and solutions to fix the right click not working issue:

Quick Fixes to "Right Click Not Working" Error

Try these simple tips below first.

Fix 1. Try Restarting Your Computer or Laptop

The first thing you need to do is to restart your computer or laptop and your problem may be solved.

Fix 2. Use Your Antivirus Program to Detect the Virus

Sometimes, the virus is also an important cause, so you must check this.

Fix 3. Clear Junk and Repair the Registry

I like to recommend you to clear your junk files and corrupted registries by using EaseUS Partition Master Free. It's fully compatible with Windows 10/8/7 etc. Free download this software and start to cleaning junk files now.

Fix 4. Check the Mouse

The best way to do so is to plug the mouse into another laptop or desktop to see if its right-click works. If you have a wireless mouse, replace its batteries with fresh ones. You can also check the hardware with the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter in Windows 10 as follows:

  • Click the "Cortana" button on Windows taskbar and input ‘hardware and devices’ in the search box.
  • Select "Find" and fix problems with devices.
  • Press the "Next" button to scan. The troubleshooter will report any detected hardware and device issues back to you with a list from which you can select devices to fix. 
  • Select your mouse if it’s listed, and press the "Next" button.

Advanced Solutions to Fix Right Click Not Responding on Windows 10

If none of the tips above works, choose one of the following solutions to follow.

Solution 1. Repair Corrupted System Files

System file corruption may cause large amounts of problems and the right clicking failure is included. The detailed information is not on this page, please refer to How to Repair Missing Or Corrupted System Files in Windows 10.

Before you repair the missing or corrupted system files, you must back up your data to avoid data loss. 

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Step 1. On the main page, find and click "Tools". You can see clone and other utilities.

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Step 2. Choose the source disk or partition, click "Next".

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Step 3. Then you need to choose the target disk. Make sure the target disk is larger than the source disk or partition.

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Step 4. A warning window will inform you that clone would permanently wipe out all data on the target disk/partition, if you want to start clone, click "Continue."

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Solution 2. Switch off Tablet Mode

The right-click button doesn’t always work in Tablet Mode, so switching it off if it happens to be enabled might do the trick. 

  • press "Windows + A"
  • Open the "Action Center" 
  • Click to switch Tablet Mode off.

Solution 3. Restart Windows File Explorer

  • If the right click can't work on files, restarting Explorer with the Task Manager might do the trick. 
  • Open "Task Manager"
  • Click the "Processes" tab in Task Manager
  • Select "Windows Explorer" and press its "Restart" button

Solution 4. Update the Driver

  • Press "Windows key and X", then choose "Device Manager"
  • Locate and expand the option Mice and other pointing devices. Then right click your computer/laptop/touchpad drive. 
  • Then go to the "Driver" tab, choose Update Driver… option
  • Wait for the process to end and try to right click again

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