Imagine a keyboard that lacks Win key. That's easy to emulate - you just press CtrlEsc. However, on the keyboard I have now, there's no "right mouse" key (or "context menu" key or whatever it might be called - it's usually placed close to AltGr and bears the sign of three horizontal bars or something).

I'm very used to pressing that key and not having it around slows me down (not to mention the annoyance aspect). How can I emulate it on this limited keyboard?

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    Do you have any keys on the keyboard you don't often use?
    – nhinkle
    Feb 8, 2015 at 19:44
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    Why the downvote?! Feb 9, 2015 at 7:58
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    @Keltari I beg to differ. When I'm in a window with a bunch of files, for instance, and mark one by pressing e.g. "a", it's very quick to press the key in question and then "s" to send the file to someone. I know a lot of people using it (none of whom is heavy on the rodent usage). Feb 9, 2015 at 8:00
  • @nhinkle Sadly, no. It's this tiny, minimalistic and circumcised keyboard from Surface... Feb 9, 2015 at 8:01

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I think you're looking for Shift + F10.

EDIT: Some smaller keyboards require you to use the Fn key in combination with F1 - F12 to use them. Most of the time you can 'function lock' with Fn + CapsLock or change the default behavior of the F keys in the BIOS.

  • @ṧнʊß It works for me both on my laptop keyboard and the attached usb wireless keyboard.
    – DavidPostill
    Feb 8, 2015 at 20:59
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    @ṧнʊß: I use it all the time on keyboards that don't have menu keys...Although it doesn't work in EVERY context. For example, I can open a context menu on a webpage with the menu key or right-clicking, but not with Shift+F10. It works almost everywhere. Works within Windows Explorer. EDIT: Your F10 key might only work if you have your Fn key depressed depending on your laptop keyboard configuration. Feb 8, 2015 at 21:04
  • Sorry forgot about 'fn'. +1 for the simple solution Feb 9, 2015 at 7:09
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    @ṧнʊß Actually, the remark about Fn-key is important, because on the smallish keyboards, they're often in secondary use. I've activated them as primary key by CapsLocking them but I'll edit the reply to improve it from good to great. Feb 9, 2015 at 8:04
  • Thanks for this, I was at a loss when the new system came without any.
    – Oxwivi
    Aug 28, 2016 at 9:16

The button you're referring to is called the 'Menu key' btw.

You can use AutoHotKey to remap the menu key to another key on your keyboard (even without having the key on your keyboard).

I detest the Caps Lock key, so I would use that instead:

Install AHK, and create a notepad file, ending with .ahk, containing:


This triggers the menu key (AppsKey) when the caps lock button is pressed.

If you don't want to use the Caps Lock key, see here for a list of keys AHK supports.

  • you fixed it. appskey is correct
    – Keltari
    Feb 8, 2015 at 20:00
  • @Keltari Yeah - before, I had 'menu' in my head and typed that instead! Feb 8, 2015 at 20:00

I found using AutoHotKey with the following script seemed to work



AltGr + m 

to the Context Menu / Apps Key / Menu Key

For some reason if I tried to use just the AltGr Key


it didn't work, I needed to add another key and chose "m" as it's close and easy to hit in combo.

To have this mapping run automatically after a reboot :

  • win + R
  • type shell:common startup
  • Copy a shortcut to the AHK script and paste it in here
  • might say you can't and do you want it on desktop
  • If so say yes then cut and paste it from desktop to the startup folder

N.B. if other people use the machine and do NOT want the mapping, use



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