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page title icon How to Right Click Without a Mouse

| Updated on August 1, 2017

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For whatever reason your mouse isn’t working, you may need to operate the right click function with your keyboard instead. Yes, it is possible to do so and there are several different ways you can simulate a right click without a mouse.

Using Shortcuts

  1. Click on the “Tab” key and use the arrow keys on the keyboard to highlight the object you wish to right click. To perform a right click, press on the “Shift” and “F10” key. This will bring up the Context menu where you can then choose an option by simply clicking the hot key or by using the arrow keys to scroll. 
  2. You can also select the object and then click on the Context key which is located in between both the “Control” key and the Windows logo key. These keys should be found on the right hand side of your keyboard.

Using MouseKeys

You can configure the numeric keypad on the left hand side of your keyboard to simulate the actions of a mouse. Just simply follow these steps:

  1. Click on “Ctrl” and “Esc” which will help bring up the Start menu 
  2. Click on Settings, then Control Panel and press the “Enter” key 
  3. Once you are in the Control Panel, you need to use your arrow keys to enter into the Accessibility Options folder. 
  4. Once inside the Accessibility Options folder, move the arrow keys to select the Mouse tab. 
  5. You can then activate the MouseKeys by pressing the “Alt” key and the “M” key. You will then have to apply the changes made by pressing the “Alt” and the “A” key. 
  6. Make sure you have NumLock turned on. Once you do, you should be able to use your numeric keyboard to function like a mouse. 
  7. To move right, use 6. To move left, use 4. To move up, use 8. To move down, use 2. 
  8. To single click, use 5. 
  9. To double click, use the + sign. 
  10. To right click, use the – sign and press 5. (Right click will be locked until you press / on the numeric keypad which will then revert it back to the standard settings).

To completely bypass the Context menu, you can go directly to the Property Dialog Box by pressing “Alt” and “Enter”.

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