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I'm running Windows 8.1 through Parallels Desktop 8 on a MacBook Pro with Mavericks. Windows keyboards have a key that simulates a mouse right click at the place where the caret for typing is. Since this is a windows phenomenon, my MBP keyboard has no such key. I'd like to map the right hand Alt for this purpose. (Who needs two Alts anyway?)

How can this be done?

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You can use Autohotkey.

When you Launch Autohotkey, it will asks you the following:

To help you get started, would you like to create a sample script in the My Documents folder?

Press YES to create and display the sample script.

This will create a AutoHotkey.ahk file in your Documents Folder. Open AutoHotkey.ahk with notepad and add the following to the end of the file.

RAlt::Appskey

Now run the script by opening the AutoHotkey.ahk file with the Autohotkey application you installed before.

Now when you press the right Alt key you will see the ContextMenu.

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  • It's a great solution, but you shouldn't remap it to the Rbutton itself. Use AppsKey instead, it was created exactly for the context menu thing. (source) – Igor Hatarist Feb 3 '14 at 7:55
  • @IOXenus, what do you mean I should use AppsKey? What is AppsKey? – Robino Feb 3 '14 at 20:08
  • @Robino, AppsKey - this is the key that invokes the right-click context menu. – Ishan Feb 3 '14 at 21:34
  • @Robino, I have updated the answer so that the right alt keys is mapped to the Appskey that IOXenus is talking about. – Ishan Feb 3 '14 at 21:45
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    @Ishan Adding a shortcut to the script to the "startup" folder ensures this is run on login and remains a permanent feature. No more "Shift+F10" for me! – Robino Sep 23 '15 at 15:09

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