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Changing program listing display options for users of the classic Start Menu

Changing program listing display options for users of the classic Start Menu
The classic Start Menu has some of the features that were in older versions of the Windows operating system, such as the personalized menus feature. This feature can be more of an annoyance than a convenience, so I have dedicated a whole section to it. Also, you will learn how to manage the scroll programs feature for the classic menu users because it is slightly different than for users of the Start panel. Before you get started, make sure that you have the classic Start Menu enabled in order to use the following hacks.

Disabling personalized menus
Personalized menus is a feature in Windows that has been around for a little while. It uses your program run history to hide all of the other programs in your Start Menu program listing that you don’t use or don’t use often. After a user has used his computer for a short while,Windows will hide all of the programs that the user does not run so that he can find his most frequently run programs more easily.

Personalized menus sound like a great feature, but really think about it.Why would you have programs in your Start Menu that you don’t use? If there is a program that is installed and never used on my computer, I uninstall it. You don’t need to be wasting your storage space with useless programs.

Additionally, I have had experience with some beginning computer users complaining that Windows deleted all of their programs because they are no longer showing up in the Start Menu programs listing.Well as you probably know, they are still listed; the user just didn’t realize that if they click the down arrow, it will expand the Start Menu back to its original size so they can view all the programs.

When considering all of these issues with personalized menus, I can’t see why you would want to have this feature enabled. Follow these steps to take back your computer:

1. Right-click the Start Menu and select Properties.

2. Click the bottom Customize button to bring up the Customize Classic Start Menu

3. Locate the Advanced Start Menu options box, and scroll down all the way to the

4. You should now be able to see the Use Personalized Menus setting. Just uncheck the box to disable the feature.

5. Click OK to save your changes.

6. Click OK once more to close the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window.

Now you will no longer have to deal with your programs disappearing. I highly recommend
that you disable this feature on any beginner computer user’s computer as well, to save yourself a headache explaining to them that Windows didn’t really delete everything.

Working with the scroll programs feature
The scroll feature works the exact same as when it is enabled for users of the new Start panel. Instead of showing all the programs on your list on-screen at once, it will show only one column of programs that you will be able to scroll through.

Some computer manufacturers ship their systems with this feature enabled, although some have it disabled. Follow these steps to modify this feature for your computer:

1. Right-click the Start button and select Properties.

2. Click the Customize button at the bottom.

3. Then locate the Advanced Start Menu Options box and scroll all the way to the bottom again.

4. Locate the Scroll Programs feature and check it to enable; uncheck it to disable.

5. Click OK to save your changes.

6. And click OK once more to close the Properties window.

Now your program scrolling is under your control.

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