How to Right-Click Using the Keyboard

by Jeff Grundy Google
    Although most computers ship with a mouse, you can perform virtually any task in Windows without one.

    Although most computers ship with a mouse, you can perform virtually any task in Windows without one.

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    Most computer users use their mice exclusively for selecting and opening items or files, windows and applications. Conversely, many power users use their keyboards much more than they do their mice. Once you learn and master Windows keyboard shortcuts, you might find that using the keyboard for tasks that you usually use a mouse is actually much faster and less stressful on your hands. One such example of a keyboard shortcut that saves the time and effort you use for reaching for and using your mouse is the one that allows you to simulate a right-click with a key combination. Additionally, you can even use the keyboard to control the movement of your mouse to avoid using it almost completely.

    Right-Click a File in Windows Explorer

    Step 1

    Press the "Windows-E" keys to open a new Windows Explorer window.

    Step 2

    Use the arrow right or left keys to highlight the hard drive containing the file you want to right-click, then press the "Enter" key to display the contents of the drive.

    Step 3

    Press the up and down arrow keys to highlight the folder that contains the file you want to right-click, then press the "Enter" key.

    Step 4

    Use the up and down arrows keys to scroll to and highlight the file you want to right-click. After you highlight the filename, press the "Shift-F10" keys to display the context menu (right-click menu.)

    Step 5

    Use the up and down arrow key to select the right-click menu task you want to perform, then press the "Enter" key.

    Enable and Use Mouse Keys

    Step 1

    Press "Left ALT-Left SHIFT-NUM LOCK" simultaneously to enable mouse keys.

    Step 2

    Press "Enter" to confirm the setting.

    Step 3

    Use the number keys on the keypad to move the mouse cursor in the direction you want it to go. Use the following list to help you understand how pressing each key on the number keypad moves the mouse: The Number "1" key moves the cursor down and to the left at a 45-degree angle. The Number "2" key moves the cursor straight down at a 90-degree angle. The Number "3" key moves the cursor down and to the right at a 45-degree angle. The Number "4" key moves the cursor straight to the left at a 90-degree angle. The Number "5" acts as the left-click button on the mouse. Once you highlight an option or link, press the "5" key to simulate a left-click on the mouse. The Number "6" key moves the cursor straight to the right at a 90-degree angle. The Number "7" key moves the cursor up and to the left at a 45-degree angle. The Number "8" key moves the cursor straight up at a 90-degree angle. The Number "9" key moves the cursor up and to the right at a 45-degree angle.

    Tips

    • You can also right-click an item on a Web page using the keyboard. To do this, press the "Tab" key a few times until you highlight the word or link on the page you want to right-click and then press "Shift-F10."

    About the Author

    Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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