Have checked vid card settings, etc. Cannot get the menus back to default and was hoping someone may have had this issue before.
Am assuming iI need to reinstall but wanted to avoid it if possible.
Has your video driver been updated recently?
If it has (possibly automatically - same as Windows updates) it could be a driver problem.
At SolidWorks World, it was mentioned that a common problem is that drivers are updated that have not been tested or certified to work with SW. Suggested to go back to a released driver from about 6 months back (and check that it is SW certified). They have seen many problems with Nvidia drivers that were automatically updated.
Not sure about that, I have never seen it.
You could try this: Resetting toolbars and redoing changes
Or this: CONFIGURATION SELECTION PULL DOWN MENU MISSING
Also, on a side note, you can download and install Greenshot. Then you won't need to take pictures and post them, just grab screenshots nd post them.
First, I assume you have tried a reboot in case something strange has happened in the OS.
If that doesn't fix it, check the settings/control panel for your graphics card drivers. Some drivers have settings for "centering" dialogs, etc. and this is one of the major contributors we've seen for UI elements appearing in a different spot than they should. I know you have already said that you have checked your video card settings, but you weren't specific, so look for those types of settings.
If it isn't anything to do with the video card settings, then the next thing I would do is run SOLIDWORKS Rx and choose the option to run the Safe Mode where it bypasses the Tools, Options settings. This will help you troubleshoot whether it is a problem with something in the registry.
Note that uninstalling and reinstalling will not necessarily fix problems in your registry because user registry settings are preserved through an uninstall/reinstall. So, if you find that running in Safe Mode bypassing the Tools, Options settings fixed the problem, post back to indicate that for further help since I'd like to get a copy of the offending registry if this is indeed the problem so I need to give you instructions on how to save the bad registry and reset it to fix the problem.
I hope this helps,
Thanks for the reply
This has been an issue for 2 weeks, I shut down each night. no new software, maybe a windows update but those happen in the background.
Nvidia option was selected Monday when I first tried fixing this issue. deselecting re position option did not change anything. Not surprising as these are the drop down menus. context menus are unchanged, dialog boxes seem unchaged as well. Its any flyout or drop down menu that repositions away from the toolbar. those on top, show up below. thos on the bottom, show up near the top or middle.
ran Sw bypass of tools/options and opengl mode. no change.
A couple of years ago, I played with the NVidia Desktop manager and made a bunch of changes that I thought I would really like.
I don't remember what they were, but I DO remember that Solidworks and those changes didn't play nicely at all. I do remember that even though I had the checkbox "Prevent windows from opening offscreen" there were still a bunch of Solidworks popups that were opening off screen.
In the end, I had to do a clean re-install of my graphics card driver, which reset all the desktop manager settings and everything went back to normal.
Since then, I have never touched the desktop manager.
Not saying that this is your problem, but it seems to be similar.
Been using Nvidia for a long time and have always used the desktop manager to handle which display for taskbar, app X to display 1, etc. but keep it simple. Virtual desktop, gridlines, zooming, all come with a price. I may just do a reinstall of both.
that got it Rick, a little embarrassed but forgot about compatibility when i did my last driver update.
Thanks for the reminder!
Knowing that the registry settings are preserved through an uninstall - reinstall and knowing that I can also rename the registry to 'old' and restart if I felt I needed to create a new registry and then just restore my settings through the settings wizard, what would you prescribe as the best method if I indeed wanted to do a clean re-install? A new install with no trace of any previous installation whatsoever?
See this article. I believe it is still valid:
How to ensure a clean uninstall and update of SolidWorks
Note that I believe that when choosing the option to remove registry keys, it only removes the system level keys (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE) and the keys for the user that is currently logged in when the install is run (in their HKEY_CURRENT_USER). If you run the uninstall as a different user than the user account that uses SOLIDWORKS (i.e. an administrator) or if there are multiple users that login to the machine and use SOLIDWORKS, it would not clear the other HKEY_CURRENT_USER registries because it does not know which user accounts to go in to clear.
It's a single user install so that's not an issue. I appreciate it.
You could try a Windows Restore to a time before the problem appeared.
If that works there is a strong likelihood that a Windows update is the cause.
I had a major computer crash last week and had to completely reset the whole computer and re-install everything. When I did solidworks, I just installed SP3 and it's as quirky as anything, whereas prior to the crash I was as happy as a pig in %*R&$ with it. I don't know whether it makes any difference but Solidworks was originally installed as 2016 SP0 and then upgraded to SP3 and no drama's. Anyway, long story short, I'm thinking of doing a re-install over the coming weekend to see if I can get things back to the way that they were previously, hence my question.
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