Fix Right Click Not Working in Windows 10

This is a quick guide to help you fix the Right Click Not Working issue in Windows 10. The right-click button of the mouse or laptop trackpad is an inseparable part of a PC. Right click not working in Windows 10 could severely disrupt the operations on a PC, and thus it is very important for it to function at all times. If the right click of your mouse or trackpad isn’t working, then this guide will help you for sure.

Reasons Behind Right Click Not Working

There could be several reasons for the right click to not work. Most of the times it’s just because of a hardware fault. A faulty mouse button or the trackpad button could be the reason. But at times, the issue could be related to software. The software issues include problems with Windows files, third-party software intervention, driver issues, some wrong settings, etc.

How To Fix Right Click Issue in Windows 10

Although you must have checked for hardware issues beforehand, I would like you to double check with if it’s really a hardware issue. For this here’s what you need to do:

If you are on a PC and use a mouse, try to connect another mouse to your PC and see if the right click is working. On the other hand, you can also try to connect your existing mouse to another PC or laptop and check for the same. You can even try to connect your mouse to another USB port to check for mouse issue.

If you use a laptop and the right click of the trackpad is not working, try to connect a mouse to your laptop and check if the right click works.

If your hardware seems to be fine, proceed with the solutions mentioned below to fix right click not working in Windows 10.

#1 – Do A Clean Boot To Fix Right Click Not Working

There’s a possibility that a third party software is interfering with your mouse’s operation. To give it a check, you can try to do a Clean Boot. A Clean Boot ensures that only essential services run while booting PC. This rules out the possibility of any interference from third-party software.

Here’s how to do a Clean Boot in Windows 10.

Check if the right-click works in Windows 10 after a clean boot. If yes, then it’s sure that a software is causing interference. Keep a check while running software. If a software starts and right click stops working, you need to get rid of that software and find an alternative.

If the above method did not work, try the next method.

#2 – Use ShellExView to Fix Right Click Issue

If you are unable to fix the right click not working issue with Clean Boot or cannot find a software causing the trouble, this method will help.

ShellExView is an Extention Manager software for Windows. Download ShellExView, then run it as an administrator with the help of your keyboard. For that, make a single click on the downloaded file, then press the Menu button (as shown below) on your keyboard to open the right-click menu, and click on the Run as Administrator option.



Menu Button

When the ShellExView runs, it will show all the third party extensions on your PC. To view only the extensions that may cause right click issue, do the following:

Step 1: Click on Options, then select the Filter by Extension Type.

Filter By Extension Type

Step 2: A new pop-up windows will open, there select Context Menu option and click on Ok.

Conext Menu Options

Step 2: From the list of extensions, the third party ones will be highlighted in pink color. Select all the third party extensions (highlighted in pink), and press the Red button on the top left corner to stop them.

Stop Extension

Step 3: Go to Options again, and click on the Restart Explorer option.

Restart Explorer

Now, check if the right click issue is solved or not. If the right click not working in Windows 10 issue persists, try the next method.

#3 – Repair Corrupt Files

Corrupt System Files and Registry files in Windows 10 could be the reason behind right click not working in Windows 10. In order to fix this, you can try to fix corrupt system files on your PC. The whole process may take some time but is worth a try.

Here’s how to fix Corrupt System Files in Windows 10. You can also run a scan to fix corrupt Registry files in Windows 10 after that.

Once you run the scan, restart your PC and see if the right click issue is gone. If not, try out the next method.

#4 – Turn Off Tablet Mode in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes loaded with Tablet Mode. When Tablet Mode is On, most of the right-click functions do not work on PC. You need to make sure that Tablet Mode is turned off in Windows 10 for you to access the right-click menu. You can turn off Tablet Mode from Windows 10 Action Center.

Tablet Mode

To do so, press Windows + A. This will open up the Action Center menu. Here, you will find a Tablet Mode option. Use it to toggle the Tablet Mode off. If you cannot see the Tablet Mode option there, it would probably be hidden. Click on the Expand option to view the additional menu items of the Action Center, then turn off the Tablet Mode.

If turning off Tablet Mode did to fix the Right Click not working issue in Windows 10, try out the next method.

#5 – Update Mouse Driver

It is quite possible that the Mouse Driver in your PC is outdated or has issues. You can try to update it in order to fix the right click not working in Windows 10. Here’s how:

Step 1: Press Windows + X buttons. A menu will open; click on the Device Manager option.

Win X Dev Manager

Step 2: In the Device Manager, expand the Mice and other pointing devices section. There, double click on the Mouse driver. For laptops, you can go to the Human Interface Device section, and update the trackpad driver.

Expand Driver Section

Step 3: A new window will open. There, go to the Driver tab, and click on the Update Driver option.

Update Driver

Step 4: Again, a new window will open. Here, click on the Search automatically for updated driver software option.

Update Driver Mouse

Your PC will begin looking for the latest mouse driver. After the installation of the mouse driver is complete, restart your PC. See if the right click works now.

Closing Words

If none of the above methods work at all, you can additionally try to Update Window 10. The issue may arise because you might be using an older version of Windows.

Let us know in the comments which method worked for you.


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