Set Menus to Open Aligned to Left or Right in Windows 10  

    Set Menus to Open Aligned to Left or Right in Windows 10

    Set Menus to Open Aligned to Left or Right in Windows 10

    How to Set Menus to Open Aligned to Left or Right in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    08 Nov 2019
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Set Menus to Open Aligned to Left or Right in Windows 10


    In Windows, you can change where menus appear on the screen by indicating which hand you write with.

    If you set right-handed, then menus appear to the left of your hand (pointer).

    If you set left-handed, then menus appear to the right of your hand (pointer).

    This tutorial will show you how to have menus open aligned to the left or right by default for your account in Windows 10.

    If you open a menu near the display border and the menu doesn't have enough space, it will automatically open aligned to the other side by default.



    Contents

    • Option One: To Set Menus to Open to the Left or Right in Tablet PC Settings
    • Option Two: To Set Menus to Open to the Left or Right in Pen & Windows Ink Settings
    • Option Three: To Set Menus to Open to the Left or Right using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: Menus opening aligned to left or right
    Set Menus to Open Aligned to Left or Right in Windows 10-drop_menu_alignment.jpg
    Set Menus to Open Aligned to Left or Right in Windows 10-context_menu_alignment.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    To Set Menus to Open to the Left or Right in Tablet PC Settings


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, copy and paste the location below into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Tablet PC Settings.

    %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}

    2 Click/tap on the Other tab in Tablet PC Settings, select (dot) Right-handed (default - open to left) or Left-handed (open to right) for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Set Menus to Open Aligned to Left or Right in Windows 10-tabet_pc_settings-1.png






    OPTION TWO

    To Set Menus to Open to the Left or Right in Pen & Windows Ink Settings


    This option is only available if your Windows 10 device has a pen.


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Devices icon.

    2 Click/tap on Pen & Windows Ink on the left side, and select Right Hand (default - open to left) or Left Hand (open to right) in the Choose which hand you write with drop menu for what you want on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    3 You can now close Settings if you like. (see screenshot below)

    Set Menus to Open Aligned to Left or Right in Windows 10-pen_menu_allignment.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    To Set Menus to Open to the Left or Right using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

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

    MenuDropAlignment DWORD

    0 = Open to right (left-handed)
    1 = Open to left (right-handed)


    1 Do step 2 (open to right) or step 3 (open to left) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Set Menus to Open to the Right - Left Hand

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Open_menus_aligned_to_right.reg

    Download


    3 To Set Menus to Open to the Left - Right Hand

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Open_menus_aligned_to_left.reg

    Download

    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 Sign out and sign in to apply.

    8 If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 64-bit
       #1

    Hello,

    "Tablet PC Settings" seem to affect only the context-menu.
    The reg change does not make any difference in latest Win 10.

    Any other solution?

    Thank you.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 58,382
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Yaron said:
    Hello,

    "Tablet PC Settings" seem to affect only the context-menu.
    The reg change does not make any difference in latest Win 10.

    Any other solution?

    Thank you.
    Hello Yaron,

    Just to verify, did you sign out/in or restart the computer after changing the registry to apply?

    If you did, then post some screenshots showing some examples of unaffected menus to see what may be happening.

    EDIT:

    Looking at your other post below on this, it appears it may be possible your set display language may be causing everything to align to the left like this.

    Menu Alignment
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  3. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 64-bit
       #3

    Hello Brink,

    Thanks for replying. I appreciate it.

    Yes, I did sign out/in (and restart the computer).

    I've come across the following lines in https://winaero.com/make-menus-open-to-the-left-side-in-windows-10-windows-8-and-windows-7

    Update: This Registry tweak appears to be broken in Windows 10 version 1803 and above. It doesn't for me any longer.
    Is it still working for you?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 58,382
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Yaron said:
    Hello Brink,

    Is it still working for you?
    It's still working for me, but I did notice that not all menus are obeying the setting.

    EX: Right clicking on the desktop does, but the menus in Registry Editor didn't.
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  5. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 64-bit
       #5

    Right clicking on the desktop does
    I get the same behavior on my machine.
    And the result in Notepad is the opposite.

    The most important program whose *main* menu I'd like to align to the right is Notepad++.
    Any idea how to achieve that?

    I've come across your name in many tutorials. :) I'd really appreciate it If you find some time to look into it.

    Thanks again.
      My Computer

  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 58,382
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Yaron said:
    I get the same behavior on my machine.
    And the result in Notepad is the opposite.

    The most important program whose *main* menu I'd like to align to the right is Notepad++.
    Any idea how to achieve that?

    I've come across your name in many tutorials. :) I'd really appreciate it If you find some time to look into it.

    Thanks again.
    I haven't seen a way.

    Some 3rd party apps use their own settings for menu alignment.
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  7. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 64-bit
       #7

    The behavior in MS-Notepad and Notepad++ is the same.

    Anyway, thanks again. I appreciate it.
      My Computer


 

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