oncontextmenu event

[This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change.]

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


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

Standards information

There are no standards that apply here.

Event information

Synchronous No
Bubbles No
Cancelable No

Event handler parameters


Opens the context menu. To cancel the default behavior, set the 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:



Build date: 1/23/2012