Mouse Right Click Not Working in Windows 10? Try These Fixes!
Tried and tried the right click on your mouse but it just wouldn’t pop open a menu?
I know how you feel.
But before you lose your temper and hit it for the hundredth time, trust me, it can be fixed! 😉
Try these fixes
All the fixes below work in Windows 10. You may not have to try all of them; just work your way down the list until the right-click-not-working issue goes away.
- Check for hardware issues
- Change power management settings for USB Root Hub
- Run DISM
- Update your mouse and other drivers
- Turn off the Tablet mode
- Restart Windows Explorer and check Group Policy’s settings
Before addressing our mouse right click not working problem, we might have to look out for potential hardware issues.
1) Plug your mouse in a different USB port and see if the right click works normally:
- If yes, then the previous port is to blame.
- If no, move on to the next step.
2) Try a different (and functioning) mouse on your computer and see if the right click works normally:
- If yes, then you might have to have the faulty mouse repaired or change a new mouse.
- If no, then move on to Fix 2.
Tweaking the properties in USB Root Hub devices is another proven effective way to solve our right-click-not-working issue. To do this:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then copy & paste devmgmt.msc into the box and click OK.
2) Double-click on Universal Serial Bus controllers > USB Root Hub.
3) Click the Power Management tab and un-check the box before Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. Then click OK.
4) Repeat the same steps on ALL of the USB Root Hub devices on Device Manager.
5) Check if your right click registers without fail now.
DISM (Deployment Image & Servicing Management) is a tool in Windows that helps us fix Windows-corruption-caused errors. Sometimes this right-click-on-mouse-not-working problem happens because of corruption and misconfigurations on our computer.
If that’s the case, we’ll have to run DISM to check and fix the error:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type cmd. Then right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
2) Type the following command and press Enter:
/Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
Wait a while for the whole process to finish.
3) Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
4) Restart your computer and hope your got your right click back to normal.
The mismatched/corrupted/outdated/missing mouse/motherboard driver(s) on your computer is another potential culprit for your mouse-right-click-not-working issue. If that’s this is the case, you’ll need to update your drivers to get your mouse up and running again.
There’re two ways you can update your device drivers — manually or automatically:
Update your drivers manually – To troubleshoot the issue, you can update the aforementioned drivers manually ONE BY ONE until you pin down the exact driver at fault. Firstly you’ll have to go to the manufacturer’s website, search for the most recent correct driver for the devices. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows system versions. Then download & update them all by yourself.
Update your drivers automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
4) Restart your computer, right click again and hopefully the context menu pops out as expected.
Some users may have turned the Tablet mode, hence the right-click-not-working problem. To make sure you’ve disabled it:
1) Click the action center icon in the far bottom right of your screen.
2) Make sure the Tablet mode icon is grayed out.
3) Try the right click again and hopefully it works fine.
If only in Windows Explorer can’t the right click work, then we can restart it to see if it fixes the problem:
1) On your keyboard, press Ctrl, Shift and Esc at the same time to open Task Manager.
2) Click on Windows Explorer > Restart.
3) Hopefully your right click has come back to life now. If not continue with the next step.
4) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then copy & paste gpedit.msc into the box and press Enter.
5) Locate and double-click on User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components.
6) Double-click on File Explorer. Then in the right panel, scroll all the way to the bottom and double-click on Remove Windows Explorer’s default context menu.
7) Click the Disabled option > Apply > OK.
8) Restart your computer and check if your mouse registers as expected.
There you go – top 6 fixes for your right-click-not-working problem. Hope this helps and feel free to comment below if you have any further questions or ideas to share with us. 🙂