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oncontextmenu event

Fires when the user clicks the right mouse button in the client area, opening the context menu.

Note  Starting with Internet Explorer 11, this event fires a MSPointerEvent object instead of MouseEvent. You can use the MouseEvent.pointerType property to determine the type of contact that the click originated from (touch, mouse, or pen).



HTML Attribute <element oncontextmenu = "handler(event)">
Event Property object.oncontextmenu = handler;
attachEvent Method object.attachEvent("oncontextmenu", handler)
addEventListener Method object.addEventListener("contextmenu", handler, useCapture)


Event information

Synchronous No
Bubbles Yes
Cancelable Yes


Event handler parameters

Standards information

There are no standards that apply here.


Opens the context menu. To cancel the default behavior, set the IHTMLEventObj::returnValue property of the event object to false.

To invoke this event, do one of the following:

  • Right-click the object.

The pEvtObj parameter is required for the following interfaces: