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How To Enable Missing Start Menu Entries In Windows ME And XP

By default, Windows automatically truncates the listing of your Start Menu folders in order to hide items that aren't frequently used. This can be quite annoying because if you frequently use the Start Menu to navigate program folders, you will have to click on a down arrow in order to view the entire contents. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to have the Start Menu Folders display all their contents.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. Now click on the Taskbar and Start Menu icon to display its Properties Window.
  4. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  5. Then click on Settings, then click on the Taskbar and Start Menu icon to display its Properties.
  6. Now, click on the Start Menu Tab located at the top of the screen.
  7. Then click on the Customize button located at the bottom right of the screen.
  8. In the Advanced Start menu options: window scroll down to the very bottom of the screen.
  9. Then remove the check mark from the box next to Use Personalized Menus with your mouse.
  10. Then click the OK button at the bottom of the screen to save your settings.
  11. Then click the OK button to exit the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window.
  12. Your Start Menu Program Folders will now be fully displayed in the fashion you're used to.

For Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Settings and then click on the Taskbar and Start Menu icon.
  3. Locate the Use personalized menus choice at the bottom of the screen.
  4. And use your mouse to remove the check mark in the white box that precedes it.
  5. Now click the OK button to save your settings and exit the Taskbar and Start Menu window.
  6. Your Start Menu Program Folders will now be fully displayed in the fashion you're used to.

You Can Also Display The Start Menu Favorites Folder By Reading: Displaying Start Menu Favorites

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