My favorite SharePoint 2010 trick is how to deal with the out of the box functionality of the global and left navigation links. As many frustrated SharePoint 2010 users have experienced, the functionality shown in the below image is annoying and not easily fixable. The image on the left shows what happens when you right click on the global navigation and the image on the right shows what happens when you right click on the left navigation. Clearly this is not the expected menu which appears.
After much research I have come up with an easy trick to deal with this. I have also discovered the underlying issue and will post the details below in the hopes that a permanent fix can be found. If you take careful note of the position of the (enlarged) cursor, you’ll see that it is positioned to the left of the link I want to open. By clicking slightly to the left (or right) of the link that you want to open, you will get the correct link menu!
So why does this issue happen and why does this solution work? I believe the root of the issue is a design conflict between SharePoint 2010 and Internet Explorer. Utilizing Internet Explorer’s “F12 Developer Tools”, you can see that the text of the link is contained by not one but two span tags. I think it has something to do with this but I am currently unable to confirm. If anyone has any insight into this issue, please let me know!