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WIN­DOWS HELP HARD­WARE FIXES SOFT­WARE SO­LU­TIONS IN­TER­NET TIPS

Windows Help & Advice - - MOORE OR LESS THE FUTURE OF COMPUTING -

Rob’s so­lu­tion We were able to as­cer­tain that the Re­cy­cle Bin was work­ing cor­rectly – click­ing it does sim­ply open File Ex­plorer, and Dave con­firmed he was able to empty the re­cy­cle bin from there or by right-click­ing the bin it­self).

The sec­ond prob­lem is al­most cer­tainly linked to a third-party pro­gram that adds ad­di­tional com­mands to File Ex­plorer, typ­i­cally through the right-click menu. What you need is a pro­gram that en­ables you to see what ad­di­tional com­mands have been added, plus al­low you to se­lec­tively dis­able them. This is done us­ing a so-called con­text menu ed­i­tor. Our cur­rent favourite is Easy Con­text Menu (www.sor­dum.org/7615/), a por­ta­ble tool that in­cludes a clean­ing com­po­nent.

Launch the pro­gram and click the icon with the brush. A list of en­tries will be dis­played – click the Con­text Menu tab, if nec­es­sary, to group them by type. Start by press­ing [Ctrl] + [A] and click­ing Dis­able. All third-party en­tries should be dis­abled.

If File Ex­plorer now works cor­rectly, you’ve fixed your prob­lem. You can go fur­ther, how­ever, by re-en­abling Con­text Menu en­tries in groups un­til the prob­lem resur­faces, and then fo­cus on the last group you added back. Within that group, dis­able each en­try, then re-en­able them one at at time and you should be able to track down the ex­act cul­prit.

Clear rightclick menu Use Easy Con­text Menu to man­age trou­ble­some right-click en­tries.

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