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

Updated on Aug 11, 2019 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. 

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

Part One. Quick Fixes to "Right Click Not Working" Error
Part Two. Advanced Solutions to Fix Right Click Not Responding on Windows 

Part One. 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.

Part Two. 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. 

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.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup Free and click "Clone". Select one partition or several partitions that you want to clone and click "Next".

choose one partition or several partitions to clone

Step 2. Select destination - new disk (HDD/SSD) to save cloned partitions with data, then click "Next".

If your destination disk is an SSD, check to "Optimize for SSD" to improve SSD performance.

set the SSD as your destination

Step 3. Then click "Proceed" to execute all operations and clone one or multiple partitions into new disk drive for free.

start to clone your partitions to SSD


  • Sector by sector backup - All the data sectors and blank ones are to be backed up with Sector by sector backup checked. It is useful when file system error occurs. It slows down the backup speed with a relatively larger image compared with normal backup.
  • Destination - Click the folder icon to modify your backup destination.
  • Plan name and Description - An accurate plan name and appropriate description will help you distinguish easily.
  • A schedule is to create an automatic backup plan.
  • Backup options are to edit the advanced parameters.
  • Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule.

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