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

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 by Brithny to Todo Backup Resource

Right-clicking fails when you are trying to click on the desktop icons or files! When you are faced with right clicking not responding or working error, what would you do? If you still haven't fixed it, simply follow this article to fix 'right click not responding on Windows 10' error now.

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. 

Part One. Quick Fixes to "Right Click Not Working" Error

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

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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.

Part Two. Advanced Solutions to Fix Right Click Not Responding on Windows 10

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. 

Here EaseUS Windows backup software can help. You can backup your files, clone your hard drive or backup your Windows 10 easily with this free software.

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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 the Win key + 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 Driver tab, choose Update Driver… option
  • Wait for the process to end and try to right click again