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Windows 7: Drop down menu location

30 Apr 2010   #1
ACWN

Windows 7 Ultimate Home 64
 
 
Drop down menu location

A day or two ago, I noticed that the drop down menus (like for any program, File, Edit, whatever) are suddenly all shoved to the far left side of my screen, unless they're about 3 - 4 inches in on my screen. Instead of starting on the left edge of the menu you click on, such as favorites, and having a slight gap between the edge of the menu and the edge of the screen, it shoves it flush to the edge of the screen.



See? I dont know what caused this, and its driving me nuts. It wasnt like this a few days ago and I dont know how to move it back. Can any one help?


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30 Apr 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That may have to do with the size of some of your entries for which the drop down needs space. As a test shorten the long entries and see what happens.
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30 Apr 2010   #3
ACWN

Windows 7 Ultimate Home 64
 
 

No, it doesnt. It does this with EVERY program and I know that it wasnt like this before. I was just using Photoshop last night and it wasnt like this, but now its doing it.

Instead of aligning the left side of the menu to the first letter of the word, its aligning the right side of the menu to the last letter of the word.
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30 Apr 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, I guess that was a false track. I never saw such behavior before.
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30 Apr 2010   #5
ACWN

Windows 7 Ultimate Home 64
 
 

Yeah, neither have I. I had to do a system restore, it fixed it. Thanks though.
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30 Apr 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello ACWN,

It looks like you had your menus set to open on the wrong side (left or right).

Menus Open to the Left or Right Side

Hope this helps if it happens again,
Shawn
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30 Apr 2010   #7
ACWN

Windows 7 Ultimate Home 64
 
 

I didnt change my settings. I didnt do anything, it just started doing it on its own. Any way, its too late. Thanks, but as I said in my last post, I did a system restore.
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02 May 2010   #8
ACWN

Windows 7 Ultimate Home 64
 
 

I know this is marked solved and I said the restore fixed it, but I want to follow up incase any one else has this problem do the same things it did to me.


The system restore did work, but it also messed up my set up - made my wacom tablet stop working no matter how many times I plugged it in and unplugged it. AND the problem came back a few hours later. So, I went and did another system restore, going even further back.

It fixed all the problems, but as of 8:50 pm last night (mountain time) the menu alignment went weird again. So, I did what was suggested and went to alter it in the regedit.

However, there was already a MenuDropAlignment with a value of 1 in the location.


I went in and totally deleted it, logged off, logged back on and the issue is gone. Lets hope it STAYS gone now.
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05 May 2010   #9
Ash77

windows 7 x64
 
 

Hi, I got the same problem

I'm on Windows 7 x64

(also have a wacom tablet)

I have no idea why the menu gone left...

anyway I will try the solution from Brink post.
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05 May 2010   #10
SophiD

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

same problem here! Started today. Will try the regedit solution.

edit to add solved issue by following this tutorial as suggested by Brink:
Menus Open to the Left or Right Side

like ACWN, there was a MenuDropAlignment value of 1 in regedit. By setting the value to 0, logging off and back on, the menus went back to normal position!
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