I am trying to use my HTPC with only a keyboard. Even though my keyboard is from Microsoft, they failed basic windows certification and did not include a menu-key, the one that shows a mouse cursor and a menu, usually located on the right of the space bar, between alt and control.

without that i can't do many actions.

On windows XP (or maybe NT? not sure) right alt+enter used to emulate that key and i would get the context menu... but on windows 7 that ain't so.

Is there any other key combination that can act as an alternative for context menu on selected items on windows 7?

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The alternative for the menu key - also known as the Apps Key - that brings up the context menu is Shift-F10.

Some other possible solutions can be found here: How can I open the context menu on start menu search results from the keyboard

E.g., if Shift-F10 is impractical, you could create a one line AutoHotkey script to change it to something more convenient, like Shift-F5.

  • thanks! and damn twice that microsoft keyboard... f10 requires fn+f5...
    – gcb
    Dec 31, 2013 at 22:44
  • @gcb I've added an AutoHotkey script to change the key to something else like Shift-F5. Jan 2, 2014 at 8:20
  • Thanks @user-99572-is-fine! i tried using shift-f10 on that keyboard (shift-Fn-F4) but for some reason it does nothing... i will use autoHotkey... don't know why i wasn't using that before even for other things! excellent idea!
    – gcb
    Jan 5, 2014 at 21:04

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