Shift+F10 or Menu Key: Opens Shortcut Menu (same as right-clicking)

We’ll break up navigation tips with a more general purpose tip: How to use the keyboard to open a shortcut menu (also known as context menu) — the menu you get when you right-click somewhere.

The most general way to do this is press Shift+F10. (Remember, F10 is a function key, probably across the top of your keyboard.) Try it! Point your mouse somewhere and right-click. (You can press the Esc key to close the menu.) Then try pressing Shift+F10. (And again, Esc to close it.)

The other choice is to use a dedicated key. Chances are your keyboard has a “menu key,” which usually looks like this: [Image of shortcut menu key, taken from]

On most keyboards that have this key, it’s down by the Spacebar, to the right (near the Alt and Ctrl keys). On some keyboards, such as Dell laptops, it’s at the top center, near the power key.

If you have that key and it’s in a convenient location, spend today trying to practice using it to open shortcut menus for Windows and most applications you use. If you don’t have that key, practice Shift+F10 instead.

16 thoughts on “Shift+F10 or Menu Key: Opens Shortcut Menu (same as right-clicking)”

  1. Thanx a ton man!!

    I recently bought a dell laptop (XPS m1730) and sadly enough it has no Menu Key and I’ve been looking every where for a way to make a shortcut for it, not knowing it was already there. Actually I love KB short cuts and I hardly ever use the mouse.

    Thanx again man! :)

  2. I was told to use the “menu key” to find my degauss function. It isn’t there (anymore) and I really need to degauss this thing! I used it once but it has since vanished. I don’t know how else to find it so maybe I can make a shortcut for it. Any suggestions?

  3. My new laptop does not have the menu key. I was so used to using it on my old PC. Shift F10 is not as easy to use.

    Can one reassign this key to a more convenient key on the keyboard?

  4. MOST CERTAINLY DARREN and anybody else reading this and stuck for ideas as he was in 2014
    There are at least two methods to make any other unused key (Capslock perhaps??) or the enter key on a numeric keypad if you have one my Dell Inspiron does.
    behave like the missing Menu key
    1 find the awesome AutoHotKey scripting program it has a section devoted to Key remapping
    2 find a great free utility called Keytweak

    1. I have tried Autohotkey and everything I tried only resulted in a right click menu for the page. The actual context menu which appears when you cursor to a misspelled word includes offerings of spelling correction as well as “add to dictionary”. I could not find anything in their documentation addressing that or on the forum.
      Guess I’ll try Keytweak.

      Otherwise I have been searching for a method to use Powershell to do it. Damn Logitech for removing that Menu key and the shift + F10 function as well.

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  6. Hi Daryl
    I have only just seen your comment and fail to see what FedEx has to do with this topic’s context so to speak!(I was extolling the awesome freeware AutoHotKey scripting program)
    But FedEx IS a Moving experience and it so happens that in my researches into devising and including a Pukka MOVE function on the context menu I have diagnosed a surprising solution in the capability of an existing functionality that I hope to verify shortly after which I will post here again
    Watch this space!!!!
    John (a single handed typist who loves Keyboard Shortcuts!!)

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