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That's what my menus look like in Visual Studio 2010 since a couple of days:

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How to fix that without loosing all my Settings?

With fixing I mean restore left aligned menus. No other application shows that strange behavior.

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It does so for me not only in Visual Studio but also in Notepad and other applications (well, not the ones the reinvented menus poorly).

There is a setting in the Tablet PC Settings to tell Windows which is your writing hand (so that menus won't appear underneath your hand). You can find it by searching for "hand write" in the start menu or go directly to the Tablet PC Settings:

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Yes, also Notepad (but don't use that) I can't believe that so many application are ignoring this settings. – Albert Weinert Aug 7 '10 at 10:14
@Albert: Many applications use various different toolkits. They only try to look similar to the native controls but this fails every now and then. Firefox with XUL gets it wrong, GTK gets it wrong as well and the Windows Forms MenuStrip control apparently too. WPF (which is what the VS2010 UI is written in) seems to get it right again. – Joey Aug 7 '10 at 10:47
Thanks @Joey! This was driving me nuts. – Iain Jul 2 '15 at 5:28

Found the solution ....

Btw. no other application means ... Windows 7 and Visual Studio 2010.

The Fix is easy, change

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\MenuDropAlignment

from 0 to 1 (REG_SZ)

In Detail here

But i still don't know why it was set to 0.

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