I often have trouble with menu options staying on-screen after I click them. How to solve?
- Control Panel > All Control Panel items > Performance Information Tools
- choose Adjust visual effects from the side menu.
- Uncheck "Fade out menu items after clicking".
The above process fixed it for me.
Obviously this is just treating the symptom and the real problem probably lies within the graphics drivers.
To remove the ghost menu-items, change the screen resolution and then change it back. This will cause the screen to completely redraw and remove the ghost menu item.
Easy way to change screen resolution:
- Right-click desktop and click screen resolution.
- Select a new resolution and click apply.
- Immediately click revert to get your old resolution back.
Try pressing "F5" on the keyboard first- it might be all you need to do.
Also try this: move cursor over item, hold the left mouse button down over any part of the menu (don't release) - move cursor away and off the ghost menu, THEN release the mouse. Failing that- kill Explorer in Task Manager and restart it again from the Run box (again in Task Manager).
Rob's answer of Restarting the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (UxSms) using the cmd prompt works in the extreme cases. Its the last option I can think of before rebooting the PC/laptop. You can also reset the windows desktop manager using run window. Go to start > type run and open the run window. Type 'tskill dwm' to reset the windows Desktop manager. In normal cases going to lock window by CTRL + ALT + DEL and returning without selecting any option and changing the resolution/colour depth of the screen work fine enough and are the laziest options.
I came to this site to solve the same problem but actually ended up solving it myself(lol).
If you have windows XP then right click on the ghost menu icon and select open file location. This will take you to the startup menu files from where you can select and delete the ghost icon, or in fact, any startup menu icon you want to remove.
Hope this helped.
What I did was made a text document and typed this (from an earlier comment):
net stop uxsms
net start uxsms
Then, I saved it as "gg.cmd" and found the file. I then created a shortcut called "Ghost" to remember it. Then I right clicked the shortcut and then clicked properties. Then I clicked advanced and checked "Run as Administrator" and hit "apply" and "done". That's it! Just click the shortcut and it fixes it! You can put the .cmd file in another folder but don't delete it.