How to Add Con­text Menu Key­board Short­cut in Win­dows 10

When you right-click with the mouse, the context menu pops up. Everywhere, including desktops, browsers, and apps, it works. To open the context menu, some keyboards come with a dedicated key. You can install a context menu keyboard shortcut for anyone else on your Windows 10 machine now.

We're going to use a free and open source tool for keyboard button remapping. I am referring to PowerToys. It was created by Microsoft in-house and carries several interesting features. One of them is the ability to allocate a custom feature by remapping it to any key.

Let's get started.

What is PowerToys


PowerToys made its Windows 95 debut and has always loved being one of those character actors in the background. A collection of free utility tools that gave power users more control over and how they worked with lesser-known Windows features. Until XP, Microsoft continued to tweak PowerToys, adding and removing functionality. We all know what a catastrophe Vista was, and no help for it was provided to PowerToys either.

With the introduction of Windows 10, things changed, with Microsoft finally getting a lot of things right. One of the decisions was to open-source PowerToys to enable individual developers to work on it. The code is available in the GitHub repository (link below), and some new and old resources come with it. One of them is the ability to quickly reload keys. Any other characteristics that are noteworthy are:

  • Color Picker: Click on an image / app anywhere to find the color hex code.
  • FancyZones: To resize and organize open windows, break the desktop into zones
  • Picture Resizer: Resize photos on the fly easily from the shortcut background menu
  • Keyboard Manager: Remap new shortcuts to keyboard keys
  • PowerRename: Using scan and replace to rename files in bulk
  • PowerToys Run: An innovative shortcut search bar that works anywhere.
  • Windows Key Shortcut Guide: See all Windows keyboard shortcuts at a glance.

You can see how strong these instruments are, and they keep adding new ones. When it was first released, there were only 2-3 features available, a must-have for all Windows users.

Download PowerToys

How to REMAP Keys to Add Content Menu 

If you have not already done so, you can download the PowerToys app from the above page.

Phase 1: From the Start menu or the notification area, open the app.

Phase 2: On the left sidebar, pick the Keyboard Manager option and press the Activate Keyboard Manager button. To start the procedure, click on Remap A Key.

Phase 3: To add a new key, click on the plus icon. You can get as many keys remapped as you want.

Phase 4: In the pop-up that follows, from the left drop-down menu, you pick the key that you want to remap, and from the right, you select what you want to remap. I do not use the scroll lock button, for instance. So, I can reset it to the context menu, which is an option for Apps / Menu. Keyboard combinations like Alt+A can also be used, but a shortcut field can be used in the Remap. Useful if you're not sure which current shortcut should be remapped. Simply construct a new shortcut.

Phase 5: To save settings, click on OK at the top and you will be greeted with a notification. There, click on Proceed Anyway.

You are finished and should try the newly revamped key or key combination to witness whether or not the background menu launches. Everywhere, like on the laptop, the browser, and so on, this should work. Much like the main workings of a physical background menu.

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How To Remove Remapped Key In PowerToys

To enter the Keyboard Manager field, which are steps 1 and 2, you'll follow the same steps as above. Did you note a delete icon next to each remapped key? If asked to delete it, click on it and confirm it. The shortcut will no longer work, and the same shortcut can still be generated or recreated if and when needed.

Hidden Keyboard Shortcut For Context Menu

Here's a bonus trick that, depending on the keyboard layout and model you own, may or may not work for you. In my case, for some reason, it worked in Edge and Chrome apart from the desktop but not within Firefox. That means it also doesn't work on all apps, but in most places it does.

To open the context menu anywhere on your Windows 10 screen, press the Shift+F10 or Ctrl+Shift+F10 keys on the keyboard. It works in most areas, but with a dedicated context menu icon, I already have an external keyboard. Now try it.

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Today's Menu

PowerToys is extremely strong and has so many valuable resources under its belt. The list is only rising as the software continues to be more useful to developers. Only one of them is the keyboard remapping gadget, and imagine what you can do alone with that.

And there is the option of Remap shortcuts that we haven't even explored, but which will allow you to further tweak keyboard shortcuts to your liking. To see how it works, I suggest you play around with it for a bit. If you do not like how it works, you can always uninstall them.

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