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Chapter 21. Tweaking the GUI > Start Menu Pizzazz!

Start Menu Pizzazz!

The default Start menu of Windows XP is much improved over the classic style (in my opinion). I dread returning to Windows 2000 or earlier OSes for whatever reason simply because of the now-old-fashioned Start menu. For those of you who like the classic view, you can get back to it in a flash. But, for those willing to give the new look and feel a solid go, there are many nifty improvements you can take advantage of and even customize.

Accessing Properties for the Start menu involves a right-click over the Start button to select the Properties command from the pop-up menu. This reveals the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box. The Start Menu tab is selected by default (which is strange since it’s not the first tab of the dialog box). This tab offers the selections of Start menu and Classic Start menu. The Start menu option is the new Luna visual stylings of Windows XP. The Classic Start menu is that of Windows 2000. A quick click and you can be back in the land of Windows 2000 out-of-date fashion before you can say baggy jeans.


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