1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

pull down menus can't be seen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jayeliot, Feb 3, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. jayeliot

    jayeliot Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2003
    Hello, I have a nuisance problem with my XP. Starting a week ago, whenever I click on a pull down menu, the box opens but the I cannot read the list. For example, if I click on View, I cannot see the choices like : refresh, toolbars, text size, etc. I discovered that if I drag my mouse down, I can make them appear. Same happens with Tools or Help or with Edit.

    This problem happens when :

    1. I am using windows explorer
    2. Internet explorer
    3. windows media player
    4. paint
    5. music match JukeBox
    6. streets and maps

    I am sure it happens with other programs as well.

    With AutoCad - the problem clears up right away
    With Word and Excel - I have no problems

    Anybody else have this problem ?
  2. jayeliot

    jayeliot Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2003
  3. EvileYe


    Aug 30, 2003
    Have you recently started using a different "Theme" for your computer.

    You may have the text set to a colour you can't see.

    Right click a blank area on the desktop, select Properties/Appearance/ select the advanced tab and open up the drop down box and select menu. From here you can change your text colours if you need to.
  4. Mac1441


    Aug 27, 2006

    I have the same problem. If I want black text on a white background, what do I enter in the boxes in the menu selection under the advanced tab? In other words, what should be in the boxes following 'Item:' and what should be in the boxes following 'Font:'?
    Thank you.
  5. skindleshanks


    Sep 6, 2006
    I have had a similar problem for some time, but i is getting much worse. I am running XP Pro and many of my pull-down menus are okay, but others aren't. For example, on my program menu, all I can see is the shadow of the menu, not the text (and highlighting the text does not make it visible. I can see right through the window. On some web pages (not all) in both IE and Firefox, the text is visible, but the menu is transparent, so text is superimposed over text. This effect is inconsistently applied on a variety of programs, as well as all of the pull-down menus from the Windows Start menu.

    I've tried changing and modifying settings in the Themes/Appearance section of the control panel, but it doesn't help at all.
  6. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Similar Threads - pull down menus
  1. vajovic
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/326537

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice