Always Show Full Menu (AdaptiveMenus) Not Sticking – Office 2007
Posted by Russell Wright on December 27, 2009
This is one of the things I detest most in MS Office apps. The dreaded “Adaptive Menus.” And yet, after all these years, they continue to come back and haunt me. I just want them gone! They started showing up the other day in Outlook 2007. Then I noticed them in Project. Where were they coming from?
They are controlled by the Tools | Customize menu option. All you should have to do is check “Always show full menus” checkbox and you should be done. I did this repeatedly, but every time I started Outlook, it went away.
The setting is actually in the registry under AdaptiveMenus in the following key path:
Each time I started Outlook I could see it come back (AdaptiveMenus=1) by pressing F5 to refresh the registry editor (REGEDIT) after starting Outlook. I started hunting around and decided to look at the Add-ins that were loading. To do this, open the Trust Center under the Tools menu.
I only had three Add-ins loading and I knew I wanted to keep Kaspersky (anti-virus). I didn’t think the Outlook VBA Add-in would be a problem. After fiddling around a little, I found that deselecting the magicJack Add-in would prevent this problem from recurring.
Now I’ve got my full menus back and they are STICKY! Yeah! It’s the little things in life…