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Right-click not working on Chrome or Firefox browser

The right-click helps in opening the context menu associated with an icon or button. Some users face an issue with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome where they are unable to use the right-click option. If right-click is not working on Firefox or Chrome, this article could be helpful in resolving the issue.

Right-click not working on Chrome or Firefox

The focus of this article is on the case where the left-click of the mouse is working perfectly fine, however, the right-click isn’t. The most probable causes of the issue are as follows:

  1. A virus or malware might have affected the browser.
  2. Known bugs could be responsible for the problem.
  3. Extensions on the browser might be preventing the right-click from working.
  4. The settings in the browser could have been modified.
  5. Corrupted files associated with the browser.
  6. Website has disabled right-click.

For all of the above-mentioned cases, you need to update your browser to the latest version before proceeding to any further troubleshooting. In case any known bugs caused the problem, updating the browser would be helpful since manufacturers keep pushing updates towards resolving known issues. The suggestions you could follow are:

  1. Shut the webpage which blocks right-clicks
  2. Launch the browser in Safe Mode
  3. Reset your browser
  4. Remove malware and viruses from your system
  5. Re-install the browser

Thereafter, proceed with the following solutions sequentially:

1] Shut the webpage which blocks right-clicks

Many website administrators disable right-click on their websites. However, at times, the script they use disables right-click for all pages across the browser. In such a situation, you could close the rouge webpage (or any webpage associated with the same website).

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If you are not sure of which website is blocking the right-click, close the browser and launch it again. The start opening the websites one by one.

2] Launch the browser in Safe Mode

As discussed earlier, extensions on your browser can disable the right-click. To isolate this cause, you could launch the Firefox browser in Safe Mode where the extensions would be disabled.

The procedure to launch Firefox in Safe Mode is as follows:

Open the Troubleshooting information page by copying the address about:support on the Firefox address bar and hit Enter.

Select Restart with Add-ons Disabled and confirm the prompt.

Restart Firefox in Safe Mode

For Google Chrome, the incognito mode itself disables all add extensions.  To launch Google Chrome in incognito mode, simply launch the browser and press CTRL+SHIFT+N.

Right-click not working on Chrome or Firefox browser

If the right-click works fine with the add-ons disabled, the issue is probably with one of the add-ons. You can disable suspicious add-ons which may be causing the problem. This might need a bit of trial and error.

For Firefox, open about:addons on the address bar and go to the Extensions tab. You can delete troublesome extensions from there.

Remove add-ons from Firefox

For Google Chrome, open chrome://extensions/ on the address bar and click on Remove corresponding to any extension you wish to delete.

Remove extensions from Chrome

3] Reset your browser

In case the settings on your browser have been modified by an update, software, or malware, resetting the browser will fix the issue. When you refresh Firefox or reset Google Chrome, all the settings which were modified for any reason are set to default.

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4] Remove malware and viruses from your system

Browsers are the favorite targets of malware and viruses. To reduce your control over webpages, malware and viruses block right-click on browsers. In such a case, it is advisable to use a credible anti-virus software to remove viruses from your system or AdwCleaner to remove malware.

5] Re-install the browser

If the files associated with your browser are corrupt, no matter what solution you try, it won’t fix the problem. In such a case, you would have to completely uninstall the current version of the software and re-install it after downloading the latest version from the official website.

To uninstall the browser, press Win+R to open the Run window and type the command appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter to open the Programs and Features window.

appwiz

Right-click on the browser (Firefox or Google Chrome) and select Uninstall.

Uninstall Firefox

Click on Yes when prompted for confirmation.

Now, re-install Firefox or Chrome from its official website.

Related read: Right-click not working or slow to open on Windows 10.


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