Right Mouse Button:Disabling the Context Menu

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Question: Can I disable the Windows context menu that normally shows up when the user clicks the right mouse button?

Answer: In most modern browsers, you can disable the context menu by using the

oncontextmenu
event handler in the body tag of your page:
<body oncontextmenu="return false;">
Try right-clicking anywhere on this page - the context menu won't show up!

In older browsers that do not support the

oncontextmenu
event handler (e.g. Netscape Navigator 4.x and Internet Explorer 4.x) you can disable the right-button menu by an
onmousedown
event handler displaying an alert message on right-click. In very old browsers (Netscape Navigator 3.x, Internet Explorer 3.x or earlier) the context menu would still show up. Also, the context menu will be displayed if the user has disabled JavaScript.

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