Contextual menu

Context Menu Example

Context Menu Example

Today we'll see what is the context menu and what is it for. We will also see how the context menu changes depending on the location of the cursor on the screen and for the more daring and experienced I will offer information on how to modify the context menu by adding or removing elements from it. Well let's start with the definition of "context menu".

What is the context menu?

The context menu ands the window that opens when we right-click mouse. This menu is a living element of the operating system since it is modified by adding new items to the context menu as we install new programs.

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Not all the programs we install add elements to the contextual menu and it would have to be said that fortunately, otherwise this menu would grow in an exaggerated way, hindering its main function. What is the main function of the context menu?, keep reading:

What is the context menu for?

The context menu serves to facilitate our daily work with our computer. When we open the context menu by clicking with the right button of the mouse (the left one if you have it configured for left-handed users) we obtain a window in which there are many options such as creating a folder or direct access, compressing a file, playing your mp3s, scanning a file with the antivirus, etc, and we can do all of this directly and without having to open the program involved in the selected action in advance.

As I said before, depending on the area of ​​your screen on which you open the contextual menu, it will present one aspect or another differing in the elements that it shows or contains in its menu. Let's look at some examples.

Windows XP desktop context menu

If we click with the right mouse button on a free area of ​​your desktop, we obtain the following contextual menu:
Windows XP desktop context menu
In it you will see everything you can do with the elements that are on your desktop, such as organizing the icons. If we put the cursor over any menu item that has an arrow on its side, another drop-down menu will appear as you can see in the image above.

Although we are talking about the context menu of Windows XP, this is also similar for Windows 7 and Windows 10. Despite the fact that the system has been updated over all these years, the context menu is still there and has a similar operation in all versions.

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Context menu of a file

If we click on a file the contextual menu will vary depending on the extension that has that file (its format). For example, this is the context menu of a file with the extension PDF.

Context menu of a PDF file

In this menu we see elements that did not appear in the contextual menu from the Windows desktop, such as the "Scan ..." option to check with the antivirus that the PDF file does not contain viruses or other known threats. We can also see the "IZArc" element that opens a second menu with which we can compress the PDF file using the compressor IZArc.

But as I have already said, this menu will vary depending on the type of file on which we call it. For example, if we open the context menu by right-clicking on a .DOC file (Word file) instead of on a .PDF file, we obtain the following context menu.

DOC file context menu

As you can see, this menu is more extensive than the previous one and also includes the print option that the other contextual menu did not bring.

We can find many different context menusWe have already seen some but the variations are endless, in almost all programs we will find contextual menus to help us perform tasks more quickly without having to navigate through the toolbars of each program. So we are only going to see the examples already shown.

I wanted to explain today what contextual menus are and what they are for because in future tutorials I will refer to them and if someone does not know what contextual menus are, they will only have to stop by to get an idea.

For those who want to know more about contextual menus, I will tell you that it is possible to code them by adding or removing elements from it. While some of these operations can be done easily, others are much more complex and are beyond the scope of this article. Another day we will see how to easily do some modification in context menu. For now and for those who want to have full control over the context menu, I recommend that you read this article about the context menu, but with a clear WARNING, the article is not recommended for novice and inexperienced users as you have to manipulate the Windows registry to modify the context menu. On the other hand, I recommend that everyone who has more experience take a look at both the article and the page of Erwind ried.

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  1.   dianite said

    Hi, I just want to say that this page is very well designed and hopefully they continue to make pages so easy to understand and explain to us how you do it, congratulations and thank you for putting your time in building pages so that we users have the best. father

  2.   Killer Vinegar said

    I'm glad you like the page, I send you a particularly sour greeting for your kind words.

  3.   brenda said

    you have to have parts of the context menu

  4.   lucy said

    heyy thanks for the info 😉 it helped me for the task… greetings 🙂

  5.   faby said

    heyy thanks for the info it served me for the task ... greetings

  6.   luchiaca said

    hey cunt help me with my homework… grace

  7.   Pao said

    Hello, I really think your blog is great.
    But I have a problem with the contextual menu of my PC and I would like to tell you about it to see if you can help me. It happens that when you open MiPC and right-click on any disk drive, be it the hard disk, a usb or cd drive, the computer does not respond and does not open the context menu. But it is only in MyPC, because in the folders if you open the context menu. Can you help me please???? I don't know what to do or how to seek help for this problem.

  8.   gem!! said

    thank you very much for this help
    you should that helped me a lot
    for my computer homework
    and apart it is very easy because you can copy
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    I vo0e
    by: gem :);)

  9.   Vinegar said

    @Pao most likely a system administrator has that option disabled. If you are the only one using the computer, you may have a virus.

  10.   Damian said

    Hello: I really liked your page. I got to it because I have a problem with the context menu; see if you could help me:
    I record voice files with a microphone. I would like that, when I am going to create one, to be able to create it through the folder contextual menu, click on «New», and that, there, just as I get a New word file, or a new powerpoint file, I get the option new voice file, or wav, to give it a name, and then, to be able to open it directly from the recording program, without having to save and name it then.
    That is possible, because at work it does work (that is windows 2000), but at home, it doesn't (I have Vista). Thank you for your page, and I hope that, in addition to me, the question and the answer may be of general interest.

  11.   Vinegar said

    Well, I have no idea how to do what you need Damian. I recommend doing a couple of Google searches like "add shortcut to context menu" or "shortcut context menu view" to see if you're lucky.

  12.   jefferson said


  13.   Euphronia said

    Grace served me a lot and keep going

  14.   jose said

    eta of the kick hahahaha thanks for the info

  15.   alexa said

    I did not use this inf but anyway tankyou

  16.   paola said

    Hello, I really think your blog is great.
    But I have a problem with the contextual menu of my PC and I would like to tell you about it to see if you can help me. It happens that when you open MiPC and right-click on any disk drive, be it the hard disk, a usb or cd drive, the computer does not respond and does not open the context menu. But it is only in MyPC, because in the folders if you open the context menu. Can you help me please???? I don't know what to do or how to seek help for this problem.

  17.   Killer Vinegar said

    If the computer is used by more people, your account may be limited and you do not have permission to open the context menu in the units. If it is your personal computer, it may be a virus or malware. Pass an antivirus and an antispyware.

  18.   dey said

    he served me a lot

  19.   dey said

    Thank you

  20.   Coketuelo said

    Well, the truth is that I knew what that was in itself, if I right-clicked it and its uses and such, I didn't know what it was called that, it sounded like something to me, but I didn't know what.

    Thank you very much really!

  21.   yop said

    Well, it didn't help me, but it's cool…. for others = (^^) =

  22.   yop said

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    if this helps the demos, no problem !! anyway, thank you

  23.   paula said

    Thank you, they helped me just with what I needed. bye bye;)

  24.   ortupan said

    Hello, I have a problem and it is that when I click on the shortcut that I have on the desktop to the external disk, it does not open with the other disks and I get on the screen, «To install and configure the components of the system, use the control panel. control »I have tried but I have not been able to do it. Thanks in advance.

  25.   laura said

    hello it was of no use to me

  26.   jenny said

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  28.   sebastian said

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  29.   NADIA said

    Excellent contribution, congratulations, keep it up.

  30.   diego said

    I have a problem, when I click on a folder another search window appears, how to change the option to open instead of searching from the contextual menu? Or how to create the action for the folder to open? Thanks

  31.   Maria said

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  32.   zanda said

    Hello, I need you to help me please, I need the steps to modify a paragraph using the conceptual menu .. I hope you can help me !!

  33.   maya said

    It helped me a lot ... I thought I was no longer going to find the information I needed ... until I found this page ... thanks

  34.   paulina said

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    install the following regsvr32 C library: windowssystem32crviewer.dll on windows 7

    when executing it, it tells me the following error code 0x80020009

    Could you help me fix it?

    Thanks in advance for your attention.

  36.   look at me said

    hi grax for the information a thousand thanks

  37.   laura cecilia cruz de la cruz said

    Thank you, it helped me to see how a contextual menu is generated and what grace is useful for us.

  38.   chicken said

    he served me a lot

    Thank you

  39.   EIFFEL JEFELSON said

    Thank you for the information so important to me, thank you very much

  40.   pout75 said

    hello the contextual menu in internet explorer does not work for me what can I do. It was after having installed internet explorer 8. They have put a plugin called accelerator and that I think has been what has disabled the right mouse button but only on the internet. Thank you

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  43.   is the unknown said

    Thank you very much, it is very interesting and it has helped me a lot

  44.   bruno said

    how interesting and understandable, thank you very much

  45.   Nikol said

    Thank you very much, it helped me a lot for my research work

  46.   river said

    who the hell help me with what is the concept screen

  47.   sakura said

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  48.   josh said

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  49.   josh said

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  56.   eduardo said

    it contains good information but I think it would be good to add a little more information

  57.   lupe said

    What is cool is everything but it would be much better if they gave examples, don't you guys think so ????????????

  58.   ely said

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  59.   cindy said

    it didn't help me

  60.   Happyboy said

    Hello. Could you help me please? I have a question in the test that I don't understand. Does it list the different options included in the contextual menu of the Start menu in Windows Vista and what does each one do? Help me please…

  61.   milena said

    Hello I would like to know how the contextual menu is formatted is for a test of the school

  62.   manuela said

    It was fine thank you!

  63.   Mariana said

    hello I need a very important help for a task and if you could answer me today much better ...
    Well, they asked me for the differences between the contextual menu of a file window and a folder window, but I can't identify which is which and I also have to put the similarities, but since I don't know which windows are, I wouldn't know how to identify them. Tell me at least which window is please thank you ...

  64.   Germain said

    I thank you very well for making this type of information, which is very well explained, I give you a 100

  65.   omar said

    what a great garx for explaining to me

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  68.   andreiitha said

    thanks for your help :)

  69.   samuel said

    Olaa was in class and she helped me rest .. Thank you

  70.   joni said

    This served me many thanks this made me get a good grade but I didn't deserve it because I copied it 🙂

  71.   Valentine said

    Hello. For a job they asked me: 8. List the content of the context menu of the Windows desktop.
    HELP! Thank you!

  72.   FERNANDO said



  73.   andres said

    hello can you help me with this question ...
    How is the contextual menu (excel) divided? ...

  74.   katy said

    Hello, can you help me with the pop-up menu, please?

  75.   Carmelina said

    What a bad thing they gave me a 1 for that

  76.   Carmelina said

    What a good thing they gave me a 5 for that

  77.   dina muse said

    hello I have a problem with my contextual menu in word, when I right click it appears but immediately disappears ... please can someone help me
    thanks in advance