What combination of keys produce a right-click and a left-click?

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    You should probably specify the OS, and window manager (if applicable).
    – Robert Kluin
    Oct 2, 2010 at 16:57
  • windows7 system
    – Anonymous
    Oct 2, 2010 at 16:58

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There isn't one for left-click, though spacebar and Enter are often usable.

Right-clicking is usually a request for a context-sensitive menu which is performed on the keyboard either by typing

About 65% of applications out there won't respond to the keyboard request for a context menu, because Windows programmers typically code WM_RBUTTONUP rather than the correct WM_CONTEXTMENU. Coding the latter allows for the correct action in response to the keyboard.

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    +1 for "menu/pointer looking thing usually to the right of the space bar between Alt and Ctrl". Thanks.
    – Xavierjazz
    Oct 2, 2010 at 21:03
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    +1 for Shift+F10 as my stupid Logitech keyboard at work doesn't have the context key, it has a Fn key instead. If I could another +1 for the tip on trigger events too. May 21, 2014 at 1:41
  • Ironically, SQL Server Management Studio falls within the 65%. ;-\ Jan 11, 2015 at 3:55
  • @BeowulfNode42 oddly enough, my Logitech keyboard has a <kbd>FN</kbd> inbetween the <kbd>Alt Gr</kbd> and the <kbd>Ctrl</kbd> keys, right of the <kbd>SPACE</kbd>. If I press the <kbd>FN</kbd> key and left click, I get a context menu.
    – Rebecca
    Apr 21, 2015 at 14:21
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    @GibralterTop: Good to know. I believe I was using 2014 but can't be certain. Either way, I'm glad it works now. (Maybe they're SO/SE users and saw my comment). ;-) Sep 28, 2017 at 13:25

You can define your own using software like autohotkey:


This code replaces:

  • left alt to left mouse click
  • right alt to right mouse click



Link to autohotkey keyboard remapping: link
Link to autohotkey download : link

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    If you're actually after the context menu (and not a physical rt-click) use ~RAlt::AppsKey in your AutoHotKey script.
    – yhw42
    May 27, 2011 at 18:58

I have a new Logitech K740 keyboard. It just replaced my old Dell letters-scratched-off key board that had built-in context menu selection and calculator shortcut keys.

The solution to the context menu issue on the Logitech K740 is FN + PrintScrn (shows a little page or list). This key combo pops open the context menu.


If you're looking for a keyboard equivalent of right-click in PuTTY (or SuperPuTTY) which does a paste, shift+insert does a paste