When I right click and the context menu pops up, I instantly move my mouse over the menu, sometimes so fast, that the release of the right-click actually clicks on the command below the cursor.

I suspect that this happen because on a Mac you can right-click and choose from the menu, or hold the right-click and then release on your options. I do not really like the second behavior, which also caused problems for me since I sometimes have deleted things or made actions that I wasn't aware of.

I am using a MacBook Pro with High Sierra and I have a normal usb mouse, I used to have the same problem though on an iMac with a magic mouse.

Is there a way to disable this behavior?

  • Welcome to Ask Different :) What kind of Mac (MacBook, iMac) do you usually use? What do you use majority of time, Trackpad, Magic Mouse or a standard USB mouse?
    – Nimesh Neema
    Apr 30, 2019 at 11:27
  • If you are using a Trackpad, enabling Tap to click under System Preferences → Trackpad → Point & Click may help alleviate your problem.
    – Nimesh Neema
    Apr 30, 2019 at 11:33
  • This behavior is by design. The click is registered when the mouse up (release) event is registered. However, the context menu is shown as soon as mouse down (press/tap) happens. I am not sure if there's any way to disable this via some setting or a 3rd-party tool.
    – Nimesh Neema
    Apr 30, 2019 at 12:11
  • 2
    This is causing so many unwanted actions ... it's a pity that this is not configurable
    – Gerrit-K
    Aug 18, 2021 at 8:02

1 Answer 1


Making the context menu show after mouse up can solve this issue.

  1. Install Karabiner-Elements.

    brew install --cask karabiner-elements
  2. Follow How to change mouse buttons to enable the mouse in Karabiner-Elements.

  3. Import the Complex Modification rule: Fix ghost select in context menu and enable it.

You can read my blog Fix Ghost Selecting in Context Menu for how I addressed and solved it.

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