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Registry Tweak - Set drop down menu alignment (PC)

Posted Friday, October 15, 2004

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By default all windows drop down menu's align to the right. This little registry tweak will allow you to align your menu either to left or right, at your discretion.

First, before editing your registry remember to always back it up first, just incase you do something wrong. The registry when modified is an instant change and cannot be undone.

BACK UP REGISTRY: So to open the registry editor click on "START", "RUN", then type "REGEDIT" (No speech marks). The registry editor will now open, click on "FILE" then "EXPORT". From the save window that appear type in a file name (ie regback.reg), now click on "SAVE". Your registry has now been backed up.


SET ALIGNMENT: Now on the left hand panel click on "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" then "Control Panel" and then "Desktop". Next search for "MenuDropAlignment" in the right hand panel. If they are not present then simply create them by doing the following:

Right click on "DESKTOP" select "NEW" then left click on "STRING VALUE". Name the new string value in right hand panel as "MenuDropAlignment".

Now to set the value, double click on the string value and set it's value to "1" for right alignment or "2" for left alignment. As you can see this a nice little tweak.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as is and we cannot guarantee that editing the registry will not cause serious damage. You use this information at your own risk.