One of the main uses of the right button of our mouse is to open the context menu. This menu allows us to quickly access a series of options and functions depending on the item we have selected. In a program like Photoshop, for example, we can access a series of quick functions to edit. In Windows, on the other hand, we will open the menu from which we can copy, paste, open in an application or see the properties window of the file or folder. The context menu always opens in an instant, however, there are Windows 10 users who experience delays of up to 4 seconds when clicking with the right mouse button on any place.
Although it has been 5 years since users began to experience and report this problem, it is not yet known exactly what causes it. And for this reason, a patch has not been released to solve and correct this problem. The problem is believed to be caused by third-party elements introduced in modern versions of the graphics drivers from NVIDIA and Intel.
Anyway, although there is no definitive solution, there is a little trick that helps us solve this problem and make the context menu open instantly when we right-click anywhere. That is why today we are going to see different solutions that we can find in Windows 10, which should help us so that the right mouse button works normally again, achieving a shorter response time.
How to fix the slowness of the right-click menu
If we are affected by this problem, all we have to do is modify a small parameter in the Windows registry. To do this, what we will do is run the “regedit” command from Cortana or the “Run” window of our Windows 10 (keyboard shortcut Win + R) and move to the following path:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / Directory / Background / shellex / ContextMenuHandlers
Under this folder (or Registry key) we can find other keys (other folders).
If we have an Intel graphics card, the two entries to remove are “igfxcui” and “igfxDTCM”. If, on the other hand, we have an NVIDIA graphics card (as in the previous screenshot), the entry that we must eliminate is the one called “NvCplDesktopContext”.
Once the registry folders that correspond according to our graphics card have been eliminated, we only have to restart the computer and that’s it. When we turn on and boot Windows again, we can verify that the Windows context menu opens instantly when we right-click anywhere, thus solving the problem.
Check that it is not a problem with the mouse or the Windows configuration
In case, after removing the corresponding entries from the start menu, the context menu continues to work slowly, or simply does not work, we must try another series of solutions to try to make it work normally again.
To rule out that it is a software problem or the mouse itself that may have been broken, we will open the Windows Settings menu and go to the “Devices> Mouse” section.
Here we will find an option called “Select the primary button.” What we must do is change this option so that the primary button is the right one. This way, the secondary button will be the left one and clicking it should open the context menu.
If this menu now opens well, it is possible that the right button of our mouse is broken. We can try another mouse to see if it works well now.
If opening the context menu with the left button keeps opening slow, then we should try other solutions. For example, clean this context menu of unnecessary items.
Remove items from the context menu to make it open faster
One of the reasons why the Windows context menu can take a long time to open is because we have many items copied to this menu. In that case, we can use the ShellExView application to eliminate all those elements that we do not use, do not need or simply do not want to be in the context menu of Windows 10.
This application, as we can see, will show us all the elements that we have in the Windows context menu. All entries are organized according to their type, since the same entries do not appear when you right-click on a folder as when you do on an MP3.
With the right button we can easily deactivate all the ones that we do not want to appear. A good cleaning of this contextual menu will help us to open this menu faster and, also, be much more intuitive.
Check that mouse drivers are up-to-date
Most of the hardware components that are part of our equipment require a series of small pieces of software to function correctly, which we call drivers. These are known as drivers or controllers, which are actually responsible for communicating the hardware with the operating system and its applications. Without these that component would not work or it would do it incorrectly, as is the case. Therefore, if we detect that we have problems with the right mouse button, it is not that we do not have drivers, but they could be damaged or outdated.
Therefore at this point what we recommend is that you update them, something quite simple. To do this we right-click on the Start menu, in order to access the Device Manager. In the new window that will appear on the screen, we have to locate the entry that precisely corresponds to this specific component.
Once we have located it, we have to click again with the secondary button on the input in question of the mouse that gives us problems. Finally, in the contextual menu that we will see, we will have to choose the option to Update driver. Then it will be the operating system itself that Redmond uses to install the most up-to-date version of this software, usually from the Internet.