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Definition: context menu

The menu that is displayed when right clicking on a file name, icon, link or text. The "context" is the current situation, therefore the menu relates only to the element that is right clicked. See right click, context sensitive help and Menu key.

Right Click the Recycle Bin
When right clicking the icon in Windows, the context menu provides options that only pertain to the recycle bin.

Right Click on Highlighted Text
After highlighting some text from this newspaper article, right clicking displays the context menu. This is a common way text is copied from a Web page by the browser or from a document in a word processing application.