My Menu key works in Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, many apps, but does not work in Mathematica's notebook.

The function is like that of Right-Click with the mouse.

Function expected: Select some text in the cell, and tap the menu-key comes out the menu.

In my keyboard, it's between the Right-ALT-Key and the Right-Ctrl-key.

If this is not possible, how to make one key, or combination of some Control Keys to do the same thing, ie use the keyboard to substitute the right-click of mouse?


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This technically is a wrong answer because it doesn't bring up the context menu for the selected cell, but where the cursor is located, but I am leaving it up fore now bcause I believe the final answer will involve using AutoHotKey in some way because Mathematica appears to fail to detect the MenuKey.

I am not sure why Mathematica doesn't allow you to use the context menu key. maybe somebody else can shed light onto the internal of mathematica.

As a work around you can download Autohotkey and put this in a file and run it.


Technically this is slightly different because the context menu will appear in the cursor location instead of in the top left that most applications display.

  • $\begingroup$ oh,thanks, Do you mean the context menu key works ok in Your Mathematica Notebook? $\endgroup$ May 28, 2013 at 5:20
  • $\begingroup$ @HyperGroups No it doesn't work. Download Autohotkey and run the text file above through autohotkey to get it to work. $\endgroup$
    – William
    May 28, 2013 at 5:26

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