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Start Menu

The look and feel of the Start menu, a component of Windows Explorer (discussed in Chapter 4), can be controlled with the following settings. See also “Desktop” and “Windows Explorer”.


Start menu, button look and feel

Control Panel Display Appearance tab Windows and buttons list


Start menu, clear list of recently opened applications

Control Panel Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu tab Customize General tab Clear List


Start menu, enable dragging and dropping (Classic Start menu only)

Control Panel Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu tab Customize “Advanced Start menu options” section Enable Dragging and Dropping


Start menu, enable dragging and dropping (XP Start menu only)

Control Panel Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu tab Customize Advanced tab “Start menu items” section Enable Dragging and Dropping


Start menu, hide infrequently accessed applications (Classic Start menu only)

Control Panel Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu tab Customize “Advanced Start menu options” section Use Personalized Menus


Start menu, highlight newly installed programs (XP Start menu only)

Control Panel Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu tab Customize Advanced tab Highlight newly installed programs


Start menu, look and feel

Control Panel Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu tab “Start menu” or “Classic Start menu”


Start menu, number of recently opened applications to show (XP Start menu only)

Control Panel Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu tab Customize General tab “Programs” section


Start menu, open menus when hovering with mouse (XP Start menu only)

Control Panel Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu tab Customize Advanced tab Open submenus when I pause on them with my mouse


Startmenu, size of icons (Classic Start menu only)

Control Panel Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu tab Customize Advanced tab “Start menu items” section Show Small Icons in Start Menu


Start menu, size of icons (XP Start menu only)

Control Panel Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu tab Customize General tab “Select an icon size for programs” section


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