Google Maps provides a useful context menu — AKA right click menu — within its map area. When I visit Google Maps with Firefox 3.6 or Firefox 4, I have a hard time accessing that menu because my right clicks cause Firefox's own context menu to open above Google Maps's.

This is the same problem that is described, with screenshots, at this forum thread.

Is there a way to make these two menus not interfere with each other, and if so, what is it? The forum only suggests the Esc workaround I was already using and am not satisfied with.


This is usually caused by "Disable or replace context menus" option being unchecked under Options -> Content -> Advanced... next to JavaScript. Meaning, you have to allow JavaScript to "disable or replace context menus".

I realize it sounds scary; but that's what usually causes the double-context menu, since the site's JavaScript has to disable the browser's context menu to display the site's context menu upon a right-click.


This is a non-technical work-around; it works for me, it isn't brilliant, but is does the job without resorting to technical changes. It's all done with the mouse:

Right-click in Google Maps where you want the Google context menu to appear. Context menus for Firefox and Google appear; Firefox is on top, but you want Google's. Now, the first important bit: without moving your mouse, press & hold down the right mouse button (and keep it held down).

The Firefox context menu should disappear and the Google context menu should remain. With the right mouse button still held down, move the mouse cursor over the Google context menu to the option you want to invoke. Again, whilst still keeping the right mouse button down, left-click the desired Google context menu item you want.

Now let go of your mouse buttons and, hopefully, you get the Google action you desire! Left-click Google Maps to remove any naughty dangling context menus.

  • 1
    Wouldn't the escape key workaround provided in the question be easier?
    – Bob
    Apr 17 '12 at 2:27

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