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Windows 7: Cannot Right Click on Desktop

06 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Cannot Right Click on Desktop

Basically, I cannot right click on the desktop. ONLY the desktop. I can still right click in explorer, and the "Remove File Menu from Windows Explorer" in Group Policy is not configured. Everything is accessible through explorer, but the desktop context menu simply doesn't open.

My desktop is clear of icons because I disabled it before, and now I don't know of any method to re-enable it other than right-clicking.

There are no viruses or anything else malicious on the computer, and system restore is disabled, so I can't just revert.

Interestingly, when I go to 'Personalization' and select a new theme, everything, the context menu, the icons, the works, comes back. I can right click, and all the icons are visible on the screen, but the moment I close the 'Personalization' tab, it reverts back to normal. Thoughts?

PS: Another annoyance: My taskbar is vertical. Vertical-left, if that matters. And the locked-custom-toolbar-partial-icon glitch is bugging me. (Basically, if I create a toolbar, and locate it near the start orb, and shrink it so that only the title and the drop-down arrow are showing, upon locking, the first bit of the first icon sticks out, due to the disappearance of the 'grab handles') The only workaround I found was for horizontal taskbars, i.e. unlocking the taskbar, moving it vertical, shrinking the toolbar as much as possible, the moving the taskbar back and locking it. But this doesn't work the other way-around.

And I want the toolbar near the start orb, not near the notification area, so default positioning isn't an option.


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02 Oct 2014   #2


I'm having the same issue right now. Did you ever find a solution to this? I also can't use the windows key on the keyboard to get the start menu to come up. Both rather odd issues.
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02 Oct 2014   #3

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1

Would this: Windows Explorer Context Menu - Enable or Disable be helpful? Use Option One, Step 1.

And try this: Windows Key - Enable or Disable for the keyboard. Were you trying to map the keyboard or apply any kind of auto-hot keys?

If these don't work we're going to need a lot more info in your system specs.

It would be very helpful if you would fill out your System Specs, you can use the tool included in the Tutorial here: System Info - See Your System Specs just read through the tutorial, use one of the downloads, and it will automagically fill them in for you.
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03 Oct 2014   #4


Sorry for the late reply.. I actually tried to reply yesterday. In my situation, I just had to log off and back onto Windows. Must be something they were trying to do - an update maybe - on our corporate network. Thanks for the info, though. If it happens in the future, and I can't fix by such a simple means (was trying to avoid, b/c didn't want to close so many windows/documents to have to reopen. Yes, I was being lazy.
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03 Oct 2014   #5

Windows 10 Pro

Please Run sfc /scan now using option 2 in this tutorial: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Please post back the results.
Please indicate what message was displayed at the end:

Windows found no integrity violations


Corrupt files were found, and windows was unable to fix them.


Corrupt files were found, and windows successfully repaired them
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