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Chapter 6. Customizing the Taskbar, Star... > Customizing the Start Menu

Customizing the Start Menu

I mentioned in Chapter 4, “What's New and Noteworthy in Windows 98,” that even though the Start menu is leaps and bounds ahead of Program Manager, it's still not a particularly satisfying application launcher. It's not so bad if the item you need is on the Start menu itself, or on one of its immediate submenus (such as Programs or Settings). But if you find yourself constantly opening three or even four menus, the whole thing loses its appeal very quickly. When you think about it, though, the problem isn't so much that the Start menu itself is a bad idea; it's just that, in its default incarnation, the Start menu is organized poorly.

For example, Windows 98 comes with a Drive Converter utility that converts a FAT16 partition into a FAT32 partition. To run it, you select Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Drive Converter (FAT 32). That's five clicks in all, which isn't outrageous considering that this is an obscure program that you'll use only once or twice (if at all).


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