Right now the fact that SHIFT right-click brings up the browser's context menu is not obvious. It wasn't until I read I comment about it that I realized it was possible. Others have had the same confusion (#3011 (comment), #3911 (comment)).
It is explained in the JupyterLab docs already, so it might make sense to describe the functionality in the interface somehow. One option would be to include some text in the existing JupyterLab context menu that says something like "Use SHIFT right-click to access the system context menu..."
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Perhaps its worth thinking about what people are needing the shift-click for. I suspect its mostly people looking for the 'save image as' menu. I think it would be good to add a 'save image' option to the context menu where appropriate, since that's probably what people actually want.
Just to revive this conversation, it seems if we add 'save image' and 'Copy/paste' to notebook output and terminal context menus (respectively) this would solve the lion's portion of this issue. Does anybody have any other examples of times they were trying to surface the browser context menu?
@jasongrout I also use those frequently, but primarily in the context of developing Jupyter Lab, not using it. I think adding useful tools for 'doing data science' ought to be a separate discussion from tools for 'developing jupyterlab'.
As long as the shift-right-click is documented clearly in the developer documentation I think it's covered for the "I'm developing JupyterLab" crowd.