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Revamping the Start Menu and Taskbar 298 Windows Wisdom If you drag the document or file from My Computer and then drop it on the Start button, Windows XP automatically pins a shortcut to the document or file to the "permanent" part of the Start menu's programs section. · If you want the icon to appear in the All Programs menu, drag the file over top of All Pro- grams, wait a beat until the menu appears, and then drag the file into the All Programs menu. If you want it to appear in one of the All Programs submenus, drag the file up until you see a line just above the submenu, wait until the submenu appears, drag the file into the submenu, and then drop it inside the submenu. What about the opposite procedure, when you need to get rid of something on the Start menu? I'm glad you asked. What you do is open the Start menu and display the icon you want to remove. Then use your mouse to drag the icon off the menu and drop it on the desktop's Recycle Bin icon. (Note that you may need to minimize all your running programs in order to see the Recycle Bin icon.) Easy Start Menu Maintenance To close out your look at customizing the Start menu, here are a few tips and techniques that can make this part of your life even easier: · Right-click convenience--You can perform many maintenance chores right from the Start menu itself. Right-click a Start menu icon, and you'll get a menu with all kinds of useful commands, including Cut, Copy, Delete, and Rename. (The actual roster of commands depends on the icon. The largest collection is found with the icon on the All Programs menu.) · Drag-and-drop rearranging--You can move things around in the All Programs menu by using use your mouse to drag the icons directly. You can drop them higher or lower on the same menu or even drop them onto another menu altogether. Windows Wisdom