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Chapter 4.  Configuring the Windows 2000... > A container on the Start menu expand...

4.8. A container on the Start menu expands instead of opening

You can configure certain items on the Start menu to expand rather than open when you click them. These items include the Control Panel, My Documents, Network and Dial-Up Connections, and Printers. When the Control Panel is configured to expand, for example, you click Start Settings Control Panel, and rather than the Control Panel folder opening, the contents of the Control Panel appear as items on the Start menu. This is a nice feature that helps you access objects more easily, but can be an annoyance if what you really want to do is open the folder rather than expand its contents.

4.8.1. Open instead of expand

While you could turn off expanding altogether (explained shortly), the number of times you want to open a folder rather than expand it is probably small. Windows 2000 provides a way around the problem through the menu item's context menu. To open a folder rather than expand it on the Start menu, simply right-click the menu item and choose Open from the context menu.

4.8.2. Turn off expanding

If you prefer that a specific item not expand by default when you click it in the Start menu, you can easily change its behavior to make it open instead:

  1. Right-click the taskbar and choose Properties.

  2. Click the Advanced tab, then deselect the appropriate Expand option in the Start Menu Settings list and click OK.

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