How to right-click using the keyboard

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How to right-click using the keyboard
There is an alternative to the right mouse button. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

You are probably used to using the mouse and its left mouse button. However, the right mouse button is also a useful tool. It leads to a pop-up menu that contains many different options that change depending on the application where the menu appears. Sometimes things go wrong with hardware and it may not be possible to use the right mouse button. Microsoft has prepared for this eventuality in its mouse driver software. There is a keyboard shortcut that performs the same task as the right mouse button.

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  1. 1

    Move the mouse pointer over the application or element where you want to get the right-click menu. The menu will only apply to whatever is immediately below the pointed.

  2. 2

    Hold down the “Shift” key, which usually appears twice on your keyboard at each end of the row above the space bar. Don’t let go of the key.

  3. 3

    Press the “F10” key before you let go of the “Shift” key. The “F10” key is a function key. It appears in a row of numbered function keys, which is usually the top row of keys on your keyboard.

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