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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Windows: Right-Click Issues

My home computer used to freeze whenever I right-clicked the desktop, and the only fix was to kill the explorer instance and start it again. Major PITA. First I figured I had a virus or something, but when a scan came up clean, I figured there had to be something wrong with the registry.

A quick google search turned up this excellent article:

Right-click is slow or weird behavior caused by context menu handlers

My specific problem was fixed this way:

Problems when you right-click an empty area in the Desktop?

If you have a problem when you right-click on a blank area on the Desktop, then you need to inspect the handlers in this registry key. ...

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Directory \ Background \ shellex \ ContextMenuHandlers

The only handler present by default (in a clean XP installation) is the New handler. If you find any additional sub-keys there, it may have be added by third-party applications.

And should you ever get too trigger-happy and delete too much, this Knowlege Base Article will come to your rescue:

New Command Missing in Windows Explorer

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