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How do you remove ghost menu items in Windows 7?

I often have trouble with menu options staying on-screen after I click them. How to solve?

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I've been having the same issue recently and it took me awhile to find this solution so hopeufuly it will help someone else too.

Restarting the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (UxSms) seems to work perfectly.

Fire up a cmd prompt and run the following:

net stop uxsms
net start uxsms
  1. Control Panel > All Control Panel items > Performance Information Tools
  2. choose Adjust visual effects from the side menu.
  3. 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:

  1. Right-click desktop and click screen resolution.
  2. Select a new resolution and click apply.
  3. Immediately click revert to get your old resolution back.

What I do in such cases is press CTRL-ALT-DEL, wait for the lock screen request, then return back to the original screen without locking.

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).

Just press CtrlShiftEsc and kill dwm.exe. It will disapear.

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.