Mouse Right-Click Does Not Open Drop-Down Menu in Sun Solaris X Clients

  • 7021776
  • 07-Nov-2002
  • 25-Mar-2018


Reflection X version 13.0 through 14.x


When you right-click the mouse within a Sun Solaris X client, such as dtterm, the drop-down menu may not display.


To solve this problem, you can either apply the Solaris patch for your version, or you can turn off seven-button mouse support in Reflection X.

Apply the Patch

Applying the Sun Motif 1.2.7 and 2.1.1 Runtime Library patch for your Solaris version should fix this problem.

Solaris Version
Patch #
7 Sparc
7 X86
8 Sparc
8 X86

You can access these patches from Sun at

Turn Off Seven-button Mouse Support

If you cannot apply the patch to your Sun Solaris host, then you can address this problem by turning off the seven-button mouse support feature in Reflection X.

To correct this problem, follow these steps.

  1. Click Settings > Mouse
  2. Clear the Enable mouse wheel scroll check box.
  3. Click OK, to apply the change.

The drop-down menu should now display when you right-click the mouse in your X client window.


Seven-button mouse support was added in Reflection X version 10.0. Due to an existing Sun Motif library issue, some X clients do not recognize seven-button mouse support and assign the last button advertised as the right mouse button.

In versions prior to 10.0, the third button (the last button advertised) is correctly associated with the right mouse button. In version 10.0 and higher, the seventh button is the last button advertised; therefore, the X client assigns the right mouse action to the seventh button on the mouse. As a result, the drop-down menu does not open when you right-click the mouse using the normal third button.

Additional Information

Legacy KB ID

This document was originally published as Attachmate Technical Note 1717.