We all know what the right click context menu is in Windows and how it works. At it’s best, the menu can be a hugely valuable resource to get certain tasks accomplished more quickly than digging through programs and their settings to do the same thing. But what if this menu is getting in your way for some reason and you want to disable it?
Perhaps you or your children are playing games in a browser and keep accidentally right clicking when you don’t want to, or you just don’t want somebody inexperienced to have access to the quick options of renaming or deleting something on the desktop in case they delete something they shouldn’t. Disabling the right click of the mouse might sound like a simple thing, but you can’t just press a button in Windows to turn it off without a piece of 3rd party software or going deeper into the system settings.
1. Via the Registry
There’s a registry entry you can add to disable the mouse right click. This only works on the desktop and Explorer though and doesn’t affect any programs, you can also still right click on the task bar and control the tray programs via right click. This obviously isn’t the best solution around but it does provide a small level of desktop protection over accidentally doing something via the Explorer context menu.
1. Go to Start -> Run or press Win key+R and type Regedit, then hit Enter. Navigate to the following key in the registry:
2. Right click on the Explorer key and select New -> DWORD Value.
3. Give it the name NoViewContextMenu and click OK. Then double click the name and set the value data as 1. Press OK. To set it back again simply set this value back to 0 or right click on the NoViewContextMenu entry and delete it. You will need to log off or reboot for any of these changes to take effect.
Adding the registry tweak above will disable the mouse right click for all users on the computer. If you only want to disable for the currently logged in user, you should navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER instead of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE:
For ease of use and to save you going into the registry we have created these keys in easy to run .reg files which simply need to be double clicked on.
2. Kid Key Lock
Kid Key Lock has been mentioned before in our article about Restricting or Disabling Keyboard and Mouse Buttons, but can be setup to only disable the right click function in Windows. Of course if you want, other mouse buttons such as left click, middle click, double click and the scroll wheel can be disabled also. Simply open the program and tick the mouse button boxes you wish to disable and press OK. The program’s little padlock tray icon will flash whenever a locked button is pressed and you can quickly change the locks by left clicking on the tray icon and going to the Locks sub menu.
It would have been more useful if the password option could be used to lock the setup options screen in case you want to stop the user enabling the mouse buttons again, but that option is only of benefit when completely locking the keyboard. If you don’t want any keyboard restrictions make sure to turn the keyboard locks slider in options all the way to the left. There is a portable version and also an ad supported installer version available.
3. Using an AutoHotKey script
AutoHotKey is used for creating scripts and macros and can automate a large number of tasks in Windows if you take a bit of time and patience to learn how it works. In its most basic form, AutoHotKey can disable the mouse right click functionality with just 1 line of code, which is:
That just tells the script to intercept the right mouse button and then do nothing with it. Although the right click is disabled, you can still Shift right click in Windows or to exit the script. With a bit more creativity and know-how you can obviously add other things to the script such as disabling the tray icon, adding a password to turn it on and off etc.
If you want to try it out, here’s a compiled script with just that 1 line.
4. Mouse Disabler
Mouse Disabler is like a slightly simpler version of Kid Key Lock and just shows the tick box options to disable the left, right and double clicks with a few others you might find useful such as mouse movements and the scroll wheel. The Disable Keyboard Keys option will turn off the most basic keyboard input. Actions are applied as soon as you tick the box and the program doesn’t close to the tray or disappear into the background, but instead simply minimizes to a task bar icon. Even though Mouse Disabler needs installing you can copy its executable and Helper.dll from program files to make it portable. The odd thing is the uninstaller application is 10 times bigger than the utility itself!
This is a shareware utility called BasicMouse and BasicBoard, which used to be called BabyMouse, that allows you to easily restrict several functions of the computer mouse and keyboard. The right mouse button can be disabled, all buttons can be set to send left-clicks, mouse clicks can be restricted to a particular area of the screen etc. Recent versions restrict the program to a 30 day trial which costs $7.95 to activate, but older versions only limit some of the features to 5 minutes use and disabling the right click is free to use. Simply run this older program and it will sit in the system tray for as long as you like disabling the mouse right click without needing to touch any of the time limited functions. The downside is it also disables the scroll wheel as well which you might not want.