Tip of the week # 560
1 January 2019

Open the right-click menu using a keyboard shortcut (Microsoft Office and Windows) *

Happy new year to you and happy birthday to us! As we come of age today, we'd like to thank our clients for the opportunity to work on some amazing projects, our associates for bringing their talent to our business and our all-important course participants who selected us to help make the most of their software packages. We wouldn't be having our 18th birthday if it wasn't for you.

But back to work ...

If, like me, you prefer to use your keyboard rather than your mouse, you know that you can use shortcuts and KeyTips to quickly execute commands. "Right-mouse clickers" might like the keyboard shortcut that opens the right-click drop-down menu.

Here's how:

  1. Position the mouse pointer in the location you want to display a drop-down menu for.
  2. Press SHIFT + F10.
  3. Use the down arrow key or type the underscored letter to select the menu option.
  4. If the option has a submenu you can use your right arrow key to select it.

If you prefer, you can use the special (Context) key on your keyboard, between the right ALT and right CTRL keys. Or simply stick to right-clicking!

Related tips:

  1. Tip # 441: Display the right-click drop-down menu using a key on your keyboard (tip_441.php)
  2. Tip # 220: Selecting commands without using your mouse (tip_220.php)

That's it for this week. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2019!


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.