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2. The User Interface > 10. Hack the Start Menu and Taskbar

Hack the Start Menu and Taskbar

XP Professional’s Group Policy Editor gives you instant access to changing more than three dozen interface settings. Here’s how to use it to create your own personalized Start menu and taskbar.

XP Professional’s Group Policy Editor does more than just customize the Control Panel [Hack #9] ; it gives you control over many aspects of XP’s interface as well—in particular, the Start menu and taskbar. In fact, it gives you quick access to more than three dozen separate settings for them.

Run the Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc at the Run prompt or command line. Go to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar. As you can see in Figure 2-5, the right pane displays all the settings you can change. If you click the Extended tab at the bottom of the screen, you’ll be shown a description of the setting that you’ve highlighted, along with an explanation of each option. Settings you can customize include showing the My Pictures icon, the Run menu, and the My Music icon on the Start menu; locking the taskbar so that it can’t be customized; and many others. To change a setting [Hack #9] , double-click it and choose the options from the menu it displays.


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