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Some websites like Google Drive intercept right-clicks and provide their own context menu. This is usually what I want, but sometimes I still want to do a normal, native browser right-click.

Is there any modifier key or something like that to make it so a right-click doesn't trigger a click event on the web page, so it can't show it's context menu?

I want to do this per-click, not by changing a setting somewhere.

If there are different techniques depending on browser/OS, please list them.

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I'm not sure if this works with other web pages, but on Google Drive I use Shift + RightClick to get the "normal" context menu. –  Ellesa Jun 23 '12 at 0:39

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There seem to be two “Allow Right Click” extensions. The one that Bryan mentioned (with a dash) is bad; it has too many ads on by default.

A better extension is Allow RightClick (note the lack of a dash) by Ergün Adatepe. It seems much better—no ads. It is 2 years old (2010), but seems to work just fine.

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There is no built-in way to prevent pages from intercepting the right click. There is currently an issue (issue 30153) requesting that there be a way to manage Javascript permissions, but it has been open since December 11, 2009, and they still haven't implemented it. Sigh.

This means that the only way to re-enable the context menu is to use an extension. Fortunately, there is an extension that does such a thing. Allow Right-Click appears to be what you want; from the description, Allow Right-Click...

Re-enable the possibility to use the context menu on sites that overrides it.

This extension re-enables the context menu.

Indeed, many sites prohibit the right-click on images, pretending to protect their content. I think it is illegitimate.

This extension is ad supported though. Fortunately, it appears that you can disable it in the settings.

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> it has been open since December 11, 2009, and they still haven't implemented it. Sigh. Actually, that Chrome issue was marked as WontFix on Jul 9, 2010, so it won’t be implemented. double sigh However, they have since (more or less) implemented an API that allows extensions to affect content settings (JavaScript). –  Synetech Sep 29 '12 at 23:38

Depending on how the right-click handler is disabled, it may be simple or difficult:

  • You may be able to simply right-click again while the custom context-menu is still open (e.g., on Flickr photos)
  • You may need to hold down the Shift key (e.g., in Google Drive)
  • You may even have to resort to using JavaScript to actually edit the page and strip the handlers (this would not be a per-click modification)
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