I am developing a Windows application where there is a lot of configuration and settings applied to multiple objects. There is a right click menu that is used to apply a predetermined group of settings (a macro type thing). The way that users found out about the right click menu in the past version of the software was by displaying a text tip permanently fixed to the upper right area in the application. The only problem with this tip is that I feel like users will never read it. I for one never read these types of things, especially if there are more than one.
What is the best way to convey that this menu exists? I have read the older question Right-Click menu awareness on Web Application but there are two differences with my question:
It is a Windows "editor" style app, not a web app and
I want to know the best way to make users aware of this functionality without burying it in the help file or having permanent text labels on the interface.
I also know that you shouldn't ever have right click as the only means of achieving something, but as it stands now, that is the only way that this functionality will be available (not my choice, but I am trying to change that).
Update: We ending up going with a tooltip on the right-clickable objects and also another action button that will do the same thing, as well as informs you about the ability to right click, (which is the slightly more effortless applying changes).