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Context menus in Notepad look weird after an Update

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Context menus in Notepad look weird after an Update


    I installed these updates:


    I'm not sure which one of them did it, but after I restarted now my notepad's context menus for File and such open up like this:


    Too far to the left... weird, right?

    I think they use to be aligned on the left side instead of right? So weird...

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  2. #2


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro


    I've just found another case like yours in sevenforums.com. According to their topic (Menus Open to the Left or Right Side - Windows 7 Help Forums), open the Windows Registry Editor (regedit) and follow the path:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

    Create a new String value named MenuDropAlignment and set the value to 0. Then close Registry Editor and logoff then logon to see if it changes .

    If the value MenuDropAlignment has already existed and had a value of 1, simply change its value to 0 or delete it, then logoff and logon. I've tested on my system, it works well .
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    That fixed it right up, thanks!

    It seems like somehow one of the updates must have created MenuDropAlignment with a value of 1.

    edit: Oh and I found an option in Tablet PC Settings under Other called Handedness that reads "Change where menus appear on the screen by indicating which hand you write with." And it has Right-handed/Left-handed with "Menus appear to the left of your hand." (or right)

    I thought it was the Windows update but it's possible that it was hooking in my Huion H610 tablet that did it.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro


    That's interesting . I think that setting is only available on tablet because I use Windows 8 on a laptop and I don't see anywhere to change it.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    My PC is a desktop - check my specs. I think it's just because I have a drawing tablet (Huion H160) hooked up.
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