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Windows 7: Drop-down menu items stay permanently on screen

07 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7
Drop-down menu items stay permanently on screen

I've been having this quite a weird bug, that has been appearing quite a few times recently.

Basically I select something from a drop-down menu (be it either right-clicking on the desktop, on a folder or just selecting something in some of the programs) and for some reasons the selection stays visible. Even if I change windows, go to full-screen applications or whatever, it just stays here.

I basically have to restart my computer pretty much (although I do think it has disappeared on it's own since sometimes I've just tried ignoring it).

It's especially annoying if I want to watch a movie or something.

Here's an image:

Drop-down menu items stay permanently on screen-capture2.png

Does anybody have any idea how to get rid of it or how to stop it from appearing?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jan 2014   #2

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  • Open Control Panel > System (or right click Computer on the right pane of the Start Menu and select Properties)
  • Select Advanced system settings:
    Drop-down menu items stay permanently on screen-2014-01-07_18h46_27.png
  • Click Settings under Performance, unselect Fade out menu items after clicking:
    Drop-down menu items stay permanently on screen-2014-01-07_18h51_34.png
  • Click Apply to save settings
  • After reboot you can enable Fade out menu items after clicking again, the phantom menus should be gone.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7

Thanks, I hope the won't be appearing anymore.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 Jan 2014   #4

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If it does, do the disable-reboot-enable cycle again :).
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