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The mouse right-click option has stopped working with ArcGIS10. It happened suddenly - the mouse is ok (not broken) as it works with other programs. Do you know what happened and how to fix it?

The right-click option is useful for editing as you can just right-click select from the drop down list, absolute coordinates, direction, delete sketch etc. It is also not working, when I'm in layout view as I can't change grid properties.

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Not really an answer, but have you tried restarting your computer? I've had odd problems in the past with ArcGIS which have gone away after restarting windows. – djq Jul 17 '11 at 20:42
Is the right-click broken in all circumstances, or just when editing? Eg, can you right-click on a layer's name in the Table of Contents, or the data frame itself, or a legend object (scalebar, etc)? This will help to decide where the problem lies – Stephen Lead Jul 17 '11 at 23:20
I wonder if you have an extension installed that subclasses the activeview's window and is catching the WM_ right click message without forwarding it. – Kirk Kuykendall Jul 17 '11 at 23:45
It can be an extension issue in ArcGIS - PLTS (now called ESRI Production Mapping ) can effect the mouse functions. – Mapperz Jul 18 '11 at 20:37
I had this problem when I was editing with a topology. I had validated the topology and the dialog box that popped up at the end of the validation was hidden in the background and the right click started working again when I closed the dialog box. – Fezter Nov 22 '12 at 4:41

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