I've noticed that my start menu, notification bar and right mouse menu activate on their own, in a very random manner; I haven't figured out what would be triggering it, or been able to intentionally reproduce it. This happens when I'm browsing the web, watching a movie, or just doing some document editing. This has happened maybe about a dozen times over the past year. I'm certain that I'm not touching any keypad buttons or touchpad that could trigger this. I have scanned it with Malwarebytes and Avira AV and all comes back clean. The system has the latest updates as well.

What could this be then?

  • Update BIOS, Power and Video Drivers. Restart when done. If you have a mouse driver now reinstall that. Also (important at this point) try a different mouse.
    – John
    Feb 22, 2020 at 14:59
  • do you have a wireless receiver plugged in? If it's not your own mouse in your bag causing the issue, maybe interference from other devices is being interpreted as valid instructions by the (in this case a very badly designed) wireless receiver...
    – QuickishFM
    Feb 22, 2020 at 15:37
  • @QuickishFM no, just touchpad
    – Daar
    Feb 22, 2020 at 16:13
  • Macro recorder scripts? Autoit, autohotkey, jitbit, do-it-again, sendkeys?
    – somebadhat
    Feb 23, 2020 at 12:35
  • @somebadhat no, I've got none of these on my machine. I've had another instance of this today, and managed to get a video of it: drive.google.com/open?id=1Q63yDtOXtZgHG0juu1miHcSf8Xjv3eXo Any better idea with this now?
    – Daar
    Apr 19, 2020 at 17:58

2 Answers 2


Another strategy here (one that I use) and given the situation that has unfolded is to do a Windows 10 Repair Install. From the Media Creation link, choose the second option (download) and run in place. At the appropriate spot, choose Keep Everything. This reinstall Windows, all drivers and fixes problems.


Then, if you still have issues, back everything up, run again and then Keep Nothing.


Windows 10 64-bit.

Three things:

  1. Install and learn how to use Microsoft's Process Explorer. When menu jumping occurs drag and drop the explorer bullseye onto the window to find what process opened the window.

  2. Get familiar with what a normal Task Manager window looks like for you. Take a screenshot of it. Create a shortcut on your desktop to output your tasklist to file. Run it when menu jumping occurs. tasklist /nh | sort> menuJumpTasklist.txt. Create a base tasklist: tasklist /nh | sort> baseTasklist.txt

  3. Could it be a poorly written push notification?

Disable push notifications system wide. If that solves your problem you can enable push notifications then track down which browser push notification is causing the problem.

Disable push notifications:

disable push notifications in Windows 10

Open the Start menu and click the Settings icon. Navigate to System - Notifications & actions. Scroll down to the Notifications section and disable "Get notifications from apps and other senders" and / or “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows” option.

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