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Unable to Right Click in Start Menu


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Hi, I'm new. I'm here with a problem I can't fix.
I am unable to right click in the Start Menu,
and I am running a Windows XP SP3 using a System Administrators account on an IBM T43 comp.

Right now I'm looking through things with ShellEx, but I'm new to that program and it's taking a long, long time, so if anyone has any fixes or tips ...

Solutions I have tried (which failed to work):

---My "Enable drag and drop" from
start menu button \ properties \ customize \ advanced\
is enabled. It did not help. Please don't suggest this as an answer - I've checked and unchecked and checked and it hasn't helped.

--- The "NoStartMenuChange" dword value from:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
is set to 0. No, it did not help either.

---Changing Mouse primary and secondary settings had no effect.

---"Kellys Korners" XP Tweak "restore right click properties" (number #203) did not work either.

---Don't bother suggesting a system restore.

My eternal gratitude to the genius who can fix my problems

Edited by RTX, 21 November 2009 - 11:40 AM.

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Hey RTX,

Worth a shot:

1. Click Start > Run > type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

In ShellExView, look for anything at all third-party and try disabling it. Eventually you should come to the solution there. Two commonly-known problem shell extensions for Start Menu problems are PowerISO and MagicISO, for instance.

~os

Edited by othersteve, 21 November 2009 - 12:26 PM.

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Thanks for the help - I disabled some shell extensions and it finally fixed the problem. God, I was very frustrated then. Thanks!



Just another thing to ask: My start menu is really cluttered.
Does anyone know of any way to easily reorganize it?
I mean apart from the obvious going to the windows explorer start menu folder and creating folders and stuff.
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Yeah, those shell extensions are common culprits.

As for whether there's an easier method for reorganization, well, apart from the common knowledge that you can right-click in the menu (of which you clearly are aware) and choose Sort Alphabetically, not really...

I'm certain there is a freeware app out there that streamlines the process, but if you get a couple of Explorer windows going simultaneously, it's really quite simple regardless.

~os
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Yeah - I meant I was looking for a program to streamline the process and reorganize stuff, not rearrange alphabetically. I didn't find any though :)

Well thanks for the help you've given me.

Edited by RTX, 22 November 2009 - 01:05 AM.

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Glad to be of service. Have a great night. :)

~os
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Oh and by the way, I've got another quesiton. On the right side of the start menu (not the all programs menu) there's a list of "My Documents", "My Pictures", "My Music"... do you know how to modify - as in delete or add more shortcut-ish things? Like say if I wanted to add another folder or remove one of them.

Thanks.
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Hey RTX,

1. Right-click on your taskbar.
2. Choose Properties.
3. Click the Start Menu tab, then choose Customize...
4. Click the Advanced tab. This is a listing of all of the options available for the menu.

Hope this helps. :)

~os
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