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Managing the Start Menu

The first thing I did after I installed Windows XP was click Start. When I saw that the familiar landscape of the Start menu had changed—a discovery that always fills me with at least some apprehension—I set out to discover just what the redesign was all about and what it would take to adapt, and I have to say, within a few minutes I began to appreciate these changes and found that the new menu made maneuvering through the Windows environment easier, helped to reduce desktop clutter, and could be better customized than the classic Start menu in previous versions of Windows.

But don't despair if you're one of those diehard classic Start menu fans. Windows has preserved the legacy configuration and allows you to switch back to the good old days with a few clicks of the mouse. Just right-click the Start menu, click Properties, and select the Classic Start Menu radio button on the Start Menu tab of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.


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