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Chapter 4.  Configuring the Windows 2000... > Gain quick access to Control Panel a...

4.10. Gain quick access to Control Panel and other folders

The Start menu includes four items that open to give you access to system settings, documents, favorite URLs, and printers: Control Panel, Network and Dial-Up Connections, My Documents, and Printers. By default each of these items opens its corresponding folder when you click the item in the Start menu. Wouldn't it be nice if you could have the folder expand right on the Start menu so you could access the needed object right from the menu rather than waiting for its folder to open? A quick fix in the taskbar properties makes that happen for you.

4.10.1. Expanding items on the Start menu

You can configure the Control Panel, My Documents, Favorites, or Printers folders to expand rather than open. When a folder is configured to expand, its contents appear in a cascading menu when you click the folder item on the Start menu. For example, you can see the contents of the Control Panel right on the Start menu rather than opening the Control Panel folder. Here's how to make that happen:

  1. Right-click the taskbar and choose Properties.

  2. Click the Advanced tab and select any of the following options depending on which folder(s) you want to expand rather than open:

    Expand Control Panel
    Expand My Documents
    Expand Network and Dial-Up Connections
    Expand Printers
  3. Click OK.

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