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When in a terminal window, right-clicking often opens a new terminal rather than displaying the menu. (I'm not sure if this is because of where I click, or if I'm hitting another button, or something else -- but it happens often, maybe 5 times a day.)

Is there a way to disable this behavior?

(I'm not sure what causes this, exactly... Metacity? GNOME? I don't think it's the shell itself.)

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In gnome-terminal, if you right-click and hold, you'll see a context menu. The first item is Open Terminal. It is likely that you're moving the mouse a little and releasing the button thus selecting that option.


You can edit the file at /usr/share/gnome-terminal/terminal.xml and rearrange the order of the items in the <popup name="Popup" action="Popup"> section. You could put Copy and Paste at the top swapping positions with Open Window and Open Tab.

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That is almost surely it. Is there a way to modify the menu? – Charles Sep 24 '10 at 19:39
@Charles: See my edit. – Dennis Williamson Sep 24 '10 at 19:57
Fantastic! This does exactly what I want. – Charles Sep 26 '10 at 4:07

Doesn't sound quite right for behavior. If you create a "blank" account (new user) and log in, does the same behavior persist? Sounds like a preference was changed.

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Yes, same behavior. I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing that triggers it (it's always on a right-click, but by no means on all right-clicks). It'[s really annoying... – Charles Sep 24 '10 at 18:52
Is there a setting that changed your right-click behavior preference for the mouse in the preferences/settings? – Bart Silverstrim Sep 24 '10 at 19:17
I don't know of any such settings. The mouse is pretty standard, nothing fancy -- no custom drivers. – Charles Sep 24 '10 at 19:30
You're running latest Ubuntu with standard interface? – Bart Silverstrim Sep 24 '10 at 19:36

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