How to Fix Right-Click Context Menu Not Showing or Responding in Windows 10 / 8 / 7?

Does right-click not working or responding on Windows Desktop or Windows/File Explorer? If you try to right-click on the desktop or in File Explorer or any other place and see no response at all, and the context menu doesn’t open, you have come to the right place. This tutorial will guide four methods to fix the right-click context menu not showing or not responding in Windows 10, 8, and 7.

Before proceeding with further steps, you can try to right-click the shortcut SHIFT + F10; if it works, then the problem is with the mouse. Either mouse is faulty or driver mismatching. You can try with another mouse if they work.

Also Read: How to disable Laptop Internal Keyboard on Windows 10?

Once you performed basic steps, and still you see right-click is not working on your Windows PC; you can opt for these methods:-

  1. Update the Mouse Drivers from Device Manager
  2. Authorize Windows Explorer’s Context Menu Using Group Policy
  3. Enable Windows Explorer’s Context Menu via Registry Editor
  4. Disable Third-Party Shell Extensions from Context Menu

Update the Mouse Drivers from Device Manager

If you think the mouse is working properly and suspect drivers are faulty, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Click on the Search button and type device manager.

Step 2. In the available top search results, click on the “Device Manager” to open it.

Step 3. Under the Device Manager window, expand the “Mice and other pointing devices” by clicking on them.

Step 4. Right-click on the Mouse and select the “Update driver” option.

Step 5. On the dialog box that appears, click the first link labeled “Search automatically for drivers.” Windows will find and update the drivers if it is available.

Once you complete the above steps, right-click from the mouse should be fixed if the problem is due to corrupt or missing drivers.

Enable Windows Explorer’s Context Menu Using Group Policy

Note: Group Policy is not a part of Windows Home editions. First, to proceed with this method, enable gpedit.msc on your PC or opt Registry method.

It might be a third-party app, or your friend has disabled Windows Explorer’s context menu from the group policy setting. Perform the following steps to enable it again on a Windows PC:-

Step 1. Press the Windows key + R keys from the keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. In the Run box, type the following and click OK to open the Group Policy Editor:-

gpedit.msc

Step 3. In the Local Group Policy Editor window that opens, navigate to the following path:-

 User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components

Step 4. On the right side pane of the “Windows Components” folder, double-click on the File Explorer (or Windows Explorer) to open it.

Step 5. Now, on the right side of the window, scroll down to see the setting “Remove Files Explorer’s Default Context Menu.” Double-click on it to change the settings.

Note: On Windows 7 and Windows 8, you will see the policy name “Remove Windows Explorer’s Default Context Menu.”

Step 6. Select the “Not Configured” or “Disabled” radio button.

Step 7. Click Apply.

Step 8. Click OK.

Step 9. Reboot your computer or laptop.

Once you complete the above steps, right-click should work on your PC.

Enable Windows Explorer’s Context Menu via Registry Editor

For any reason, if you are unable to access Local Group Policy Editor, you can use this registry hack method to enable File/Windows Explorer’s context menu.

Step 1. Press the Windows logo + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. In the Run box, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard or click OK to open the Registry Editor window:-

regedit

Step 3. In the left pane of the Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:-

 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Step 4. On the right-side pane of the Explorer folder, double click on NoViewContextMenu to modify it. Change Value data from 1 to 0.

Step 5. Click OK.

Step 6. Close the Registry Editor.

Step 7. Restart your PC.

Once you complete the above steps, right-click should work on your PC.

Disable Third-Party Shell Extensions from Context Menu

Right-click menu not showing or working issue might be caused by Shell Extensions. To fix it, disable all third-party shell extensions from the right-click context menu and see if it solved the problem. To do this, you can use the freeware tool CCleaner.

If nothing works, then you should restore your Windows 10 PC to a previous working restore point.

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