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How to Open Context Menu for Taskbar Icons in Windows 10

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A context menu is a menu in a graphical user interface (GUI) that appears when you right-click on an item in Windows. A context menu offers a limited set of choices that vary depending on the item you right clicked on.

Icons on the taskbar have an immersive (more modern) context menu and the classic context menu available.

This tutorial will show you how to open the immersive and classic context menu for icons on your taskbar in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Open Immersive Context Menu for Taskbar Icons
  • Option Two: To Open Classic Context Menu for Taskbar Icons
  • Option Three: To Open Classic Context Menu for Taskbar Icons using Keyboard





Open Context Menu for Taskbar Icons in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Open Context Menu for Taskbar Icons in Windows 10
To Open Immersive Context Menu for Taskbar Icons

1. Right click or press and hold on a taskbar icon (ex: File Explorer) you want to open its Jump List. (see screenshot below)

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2. Press and hold the Shift key, right click on the taskbar icon's name (ex: File Explorer) at the bottom of the Jump List, and release the Shift key. (see screenshot below)

3. You can now click/tap on the context menu item you want.

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Open Context Menu for Taskbar Icons in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Open Context Menu for Taskbar Icons in Windows 10
To Open Classic Context Menu for Taskbar Icons

1. Press and hold the Shift key, right click on the taskbar icon (ex: File Explorer) you want, and release the Shift key. (see screenshots below)

2. You can now click/tap on the context menu item you want.

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Open Context Menu for Taskbar Icons in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Open Context Menu for Taskbar Icons in Windows 10
To Open Classic Context Menu for Taskbar Icons using Keyboard

1. Press the Win + T keys to go to the taskbar, use the left and right arrow keys to select the taskbar icon (ex: File Explorer) you want, and press the Shift+F10 keys to open its context menu. (see screenshots below)

2. You can now use the up and down arrow keys to select the context menu item you want, and press Enter to perform the action of the context menu item.

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That's it,
Shawn