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[SOLVED] Expanding the start menu

Q: [SOLVED] Expanding the start menu

OK, I know I'm just being an idiot here, but I can't find what I'm looking for.

When I click on the start menu, I'm only seeing the most recent programs that I ran. I know there is a setting someplace that will show all programs, not just the most recent ones, but I can't find it.

I have already changed the settings to use the classic start menu, not the XP menu.

Can someone help me?

A: [SOLVED] Expanding the start menu

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Using WinXP Home Sp2.

On my start bar I have lots of folders listed, and as a result, Win shrinks the start bar down to my recently used folders. This is really annoying because I always have to click the expanding buttons at the bottom of the start menu - see bellow.

Is there anyway to have the start menu contsantly expanded by default so I don't have to keep manually expanding it?


A:Solved: start menu expanding options

Right click the Start button | Properties |
Start Menu tab | Customize button | Advanced tab |
Scroll down to and UNCheck both of these
*Scroll Programs |
**Use Personalized Menus
OK | Apply | OK

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Ok, so I installed windows 7 64bit RC on my computer last night. Everything is going good. All of my programs work.

On the top of the start menu is the Getting Started Folder <startmenu1.jpg & startmenu2.jpg>

I like how the folder expands and I'd really like it if there is some way for me to make my own customized folder on the top of the start menu in place of the Getting Started Folder with my own shortcuts inside. Is this possible?

A:Windows 7 Pinned Expanding Folders on Start Menu

Hello Fuzorsilverbolt, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I have not tried this myself, but this may help you in creating a jump list (expanding part from arrow) for it.

Developing for the Windows 7 Taskbar ? Jump into Jump Lists ? Part 2 - Windows 7 for Developers - The Windows Blog

Hope this helps,

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I love the Windows 7 Start Menu, and its versitality astounds me at times, but the inability for the "Computer" menu to be completely expandable cripples quite a bit of my productivity...

This problem does not exist with the personal menu, which quite frankly I could care less about completely expanding.

In general, Windows 7 has seemed to abandon the concept of expanding menus which can actually make things much much quicker at least for me, but I have gotten a separate toolbar working in the taskbar, but this seems inconvenient coming from someone who has always used classic menus on the Start Menu.

Don't get me wrong, I am very GLAD that Windows 7 makes such improvements to the way the start menu functions and in general these improvements have greatly added to my efficiency, but this really cripples someone like me!

Any suggestions?

A:Expanding Computer Menu

Hi jc4gavejc,

I'm sure a registry hack will fix this. I'll look into it.


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Im trying to get my link menu to expand. Im using frontpage but unfortunatly i dont understand much in javascript so if anyone could walk me through it it would be appreciated. I want my link to be a img not a plus or a minus, is that possible?



A:Frontpage-expanding menu! howto?

I'm not sure, but I think I understand what you are asking. You would like your page to look like this ??
1. Creat a bulleted list
2. Indent items that you would like to be hidden at first.
3. Highlight your indented list, click Format > Bullets and Numbering.
4.Check Enable collapsible outlines

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I'm running windows XP, using the classic start menu.

The problem is that i'm given an option to expand control panel/my documents...etc .. but when it comes to my program list..i'm given 4 and then i have to click on the expand button to see my entire list. Is there a way i can get rid of this ?


And part II of my troubles : Same thing is happening to me in Microsoft Word, the menus all require me to press the expand button and it is getting annoying. any suggestions on how to get rid of it ?
thanks in advance

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Hey Peeps,

I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed on my system. Had to do some Windows Updates recently and since Tuesday I have noticed that the Open With context menu does not expand.

I have not installed anything funny or weird, had no virusses or malware, and it just does not make sense at all.

As can be seen in the screenshot attached, I do a normal right-click (tried Shift+Right Click - does the same) hover over the 'Open With' item and then....nothing. This is a major pain in the neck as I open several files using Notepad.

I prefer not to perform a repair install of Windows 7 as the repair install usually overwrites installed updates. Any advice or tricks I can try will be greatly appreciated!!


A:Windows 7 'Open With' Context Menu not expanding.

What about doing a System Restore to before the problem started? See if that fixes it.

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I have Windows XP Pro, SP2.

I have a situation where a program shows on "All Programs" but not in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs in Explorer. How can I see that shortcut or whatever in Explorer?

Also, on C:\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs and C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs there appear items (files, shortcuts, whatever) of the same name. What's going on here?



A:Program shows on "All Programs but not on username Start Menu or All Users Start Menu

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Subject says it. Just setting up new pc for my wife. Came with XP Home preinstalled but the start menu was the classic. Switched it to the XP start menu (which I've grown to like better) and My Computer, My Network Places and Internet Explorer icons were removed from the desktop. Only recycle bin remained. Switching back to classic puts them back again. Oddly enough, when I was saving a dowload to the desktop (while set up as XP) the My Computer, My Network Places showed in the save to box when pointing at the desktop.

A:Switch from Classic Start Menu to XP Start Menu removed desktop icons

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I have no idea what is going on with my system.
I try to install a program and get an error message saying that it is unable to write to C:\Users\[MYNAME]\AppData\Local\Temp
So I open Windows Explorer and check the attributes for that address and all is OK but every time I click on the Application Data folder it seems to replicate itself over and over.
One error says that there is not enough space when I have over 65Gb free on that drive.
Any ideas?


My System details
Dell XPS420
Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1, v.721 (build 7601
2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
4096 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (4 total)
Not hyper-threaded
Bus Clock: 1066 megahertz
8126 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
2000.20 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
723.55 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series [Display adapter]
DELL E207WFP [Monitor] (20.0"vis, s/n G264H8770DZL, July 2008)
ATI High Definition Audio Device
Creative SB X-Fi
Webcam Pro 9000

A:Like the universe, my AppData Folder keeps expanding & expanding

The Application Data folder under AppData is a Junction point, which is just a pointer to AppData. So when you click on Application Data you are actually expanding AppData, so you are in a never ending circle.

Confusing for sure. From what I understand, this was done to support compatibility with older software that expects an Application Data folder to be available.

Here are two very good articles on Junctions as used in Vista and Windows 7.

Windows Confidential - Junction Dysfunction - Raymond Chen

Junction Points in Vista

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Ok, having some strange problems..

On one profile I'm missing the start menu. I can access task manager with CTRL+ALT+DELETE, but I don't get any user names for the process'

On another profile there is a start menu but I just get an hourglass when I mouse-over it.

A:Missing Start Menu / Unable to access Start Menu (XP home)

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When I click on the START menu, why is there no path for me to be able to look at say, C:/my documents/my pictures etc...There is nothing there like it is in other Windows programs I have used.

Also when I right click on a program and try to "pin to start menu", there is no option for that, only the shortcut option.

What's up with these things?

Anyone feel like helping a XP Pro Novice out here?

Thanks in advance forn your help!

A:XP Pro question Path to C: on start menu & pinning programs to start menu. XP Pro

Right-click the taskbar and look through the Properties. There are some settings in there under the Customize rubric that may help you make changes.

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I accidently clicked enable to everything in my start up menu.Now,i have no idea what to have on in my start up menu.....Iam also having problems with my windows media,i have sound but no picture....I thought it was my driver so i installed a driver updater but it was the wrong this to download.

ps.Can u help me?

A:Solved: Need help with my start up menu

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I need some help figuring out how to reinstall/copy files for my start menu. I lost power last night and now my start menu is missing I have all ready replaced the theam files. every thing else seem to be working fine I have all my icons and can still browse my computer. were is the start menu located in the windows folder.

one more thing I think might be important is that all user accounts are haveing this problem.

A:Solved: NO start menu??

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My start menu is on the right and how do I get it to the bottom of my screen?

A:Solved: Start Menu

Right click it, make sure it is 'unlocked' and simply drag it to the bottom of your screen.

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I accidently deleted my start up menu. I re-installed windows vista and tried to restore to early date, but neither one of them worked. The main problem I have is that I can not connect to the internet. I called Verizon to get help, but it seems that drivers are missing or deleted. The desk top is a dell computer. is there any way I can restore my computer to it original state? I also contacted dell, but was not very happy with there support. In fact after waiting a long period of time to finally speak to them, I was disconnected. I pray that you an help me restore my computer. thank you Martha

A:Solved: start up menu

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A odd little thing.... I have unchecked the "Help and Support" item on the start menu numerous times and it just keeps coming back on it own. I've not specifically tracked it, but it seems to coincide with win updates.

Win XP Home SP3

Thoughts and opinions welcomed.

A:Solved: Start Menu

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on my start menu on win 98, and 2000 there is a folder called documents which displays the most recently used documents

How can I get this same setup on my win xp computer?

A:[SOLVED] start menu

Hi there!

If you like the Win9x/2000 start menus, then there's a simple way to apply that in WinXP.

Right-Click on the task bar, select Properties...
Click on the "Start Menu" tab and select "Classic Start Menu"

Apply it and you're good to go!
Good Luck!


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Hi I am in need of help with my all programs in the start menu. I am running Windows XP and i have a lot of programs on my system. My problem is that on my menu I can't see them all so I can't use them easily. Can anyone tell me how I can make them all show up???? Hope you can help..Wreni

A:Solved: ISO HElp with Start Menu

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How to change start menu icons on list on left side. icons are disabled and need to reset.
please reply

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why is my start menu so narrow?

A:Solved: Start Menu

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The Start Menu,icons,taskbar,dont Appear
Only The Desktop Background Image Appears.....

But When I Restart The Computer Everything Appears Normal .

So My Computer Will Only Show Everything If I Restart After I 1st Boot It Up

So Everyday I Have To Boot My Computer Up Twice To Make It Work

Also Drives Keep Trying To Install Themselves When They Are Already Installed.

A:Solved: Solved: Start Menu,icons,taskbar,dont Appear

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I was wondering what could be causing my start menu to look so washed out. It's also too far to the left and down. I've attached a picture of what it looks like.

A:Solved: Washed Out Start Menu

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Anyone know a way to add a "my computer"shortcut to the start menu in w2k ?

A:[Solved] My computer on start menu

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I see they took out the old registry fix to get the Windows 7 start menu back.

Any other way to do this in Windows 8?

A:Solved: Windows 7 Start Menu

Install "Classic"

It is very customisable, has the old start globe as an option, and also has an option to take you through to the legacy desktop.

But I would recommend you persist a little longer with the "Metr" start menu. When you get used to it, and rearrange everything to your preference, it is not too bad. The appearance could be more appealing, but, hopefully, a third party app, or MS themselves, may provide some options to customise it eventually.

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I think developers should start thinking of some start menu replacements, they can use existing methods or something new which is easy to use, easy to customize and useful for beginners or advanced users. Some ideas:

a) Exact replacement of Start menu
b) Use Favourites or a Libraries of program shortcuts.
c) Use icons based on general function rather than program name e.g. Pictures, Videos, Documents
d) Use pop up menus like on X-Windows
e) Use a Dock like on Mac OS
f) Use sliding menus like on the iPod or iPhone
g) Program launcher like Windows 3.x (but better)
h) Mini icons on Metro instead of those huge icons provided on Windows 8

etc. Any one else got any good ideas?

A:Solved: Start menu replacements

Just came across this...........

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Windows7 Home on Sony VAio start menu will not load "pin to start menu" icons, or bookmarks on task bar? I have done multiple maintenance to no resolution, registry cleans, defrag, chkdsk etc. Maintenance Diagnostic will not run in elevated mode and gives error 0x8008010E

There is not a system disk available, only a recovery DVD x 3. Attached 1 img for sony error.

Suggestions welcome, and thanx in advance.

A:[SOLVED] non functional start menu?


Did this problem happen out of the blue? I am assuming you were able to pin programs on the taskbar before right? It would actually help if you had the Windows 7 CD. This way you can perform a repair install. I recommend backing up your files first beforehand, hope everything works out well for you.

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On the aftermath of having the oneclicksearches virus repaired, I noticed two icons in my startup that may have been there prior to the infection, a stop-sign icon called computer security and an envelpe icon called spam filter - both are links to website which is some security software search engine with goofy weight loss and dating ads - Is this a normal part of my OS? (Windows 2000).

Plus a minor problem - when I launch Internet explorer, it can't load my default web site - I have to close the application, and it works after one or two tries.



A:Solved: in start menu

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Windows XP- I get a message I have to many things in my start up menu and all can't be show. I need to take some out or choose a smaller icon. I don't know what to remove. Here is my start up log. Thanks
StartupList report, 9/18/2005, 8:08:40 PM
StartupList version: 1.52
Started from : C:\Documents and Settings\Catherine\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\WZYRYDMT\startuplist1521[1]\StartupList.EXE
Detected: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Detected: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
* Using default options

Running processes:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ISSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.exe
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A:Solved: Too many things in start up menu

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Hope I'm in the right forum. A friend has a HP Pavilion 520n, 1.3 celeron, OS-Win XP Home. It comes on and loads fine but I can't get a start menu to pop-up. The button doesn't even light when the mouse hits it. Con/Alt/Del does nothing. I have the desk top but left click on icons does nothing. I can right click and open 'my computer'. I can open and close files left click then. I tried running Norton Win Doc from the CD but can't. Any ideas?

Also rt click on task bar does nothing.

A:[SOLVED] Can't access Start menu

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I've just noticed that my start menu isn't listing my recent programmes. It has been up until recently and I can't remember what I did to stop it working.

The internet and e-mail icons appear at the top but the rest of the menu is blank. I have tried pinning programmes to the start menu but there is always still a big space at the bottom underneath the pinned icons.

I have tried changing all the settings on the start menu/task bar options but nothing works.

I just want all my recently opened programmes to appear on the menu again. Any ideas?

A:Solved: Start Menu Problem

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My son has windows 7 and he lost the TASKBAR AND START MENU, we tried launching it from the control panel but no good, we also restore it back to a about a month ago, but still no good. Can anyone tell me what else can be done to get the taskbar back. Thanks.

A:Solved: Lost start menu

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My start menu sometimes opens sometimes doesn't or freezes.
It just started happening.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 4:42:36 PM, on 16/01/2013
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2013\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\avastUI.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Ad-Aware Browsing Protection\adawarebp.exe
C:\Program Files\Ad-Aware Antivirus\AdAwareLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2013\avgui.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Akamai\netsession_win.exe
C:\Program Files\ 3\program\soffice.exe
C:\Program Files\ 3\program\soffice.bin
C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Akamai\netsession_win.exe
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A:Solved: Start menu-not opening

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I've always used the classic start menu but I've never had that bar that runs along the left side of it that says Window XP Professional and I know I've never used the 'small icon' feature either. My computer has always been set up by family members, and they don't remember how they removed it anymore. I recently formatted and reinstalled my OS and I've gotten everything to work correctly except that annoying side bar. It doesn't effect my system performance it's just a personal annoyance. I've provided a picture of what's on my start menu and what my start menu used to look like. There is probably a solution already up for this but when I google I appear to be using the wrong words to find the answer I want. Everyone just says to switch to small icons, which I hate. Even if it's a tweak or registry edit I am willing to try it. Please help me.

A:Solved: Classic Start Menu help

the above link might help !


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Hi Everyone, One of my PC's are acting strange. When I login to the domain, it logins in ok, but now it shows no icons or start menu. You can't right click, but you can control+alt+delete. It is an older compaq computer, probabley a P3. Not sure of any other specs. Anyone else have this happen to them? Any ideas on how to fix?

A:Solved: Icons and start menu gone

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My start menu is just too big in relation with pinned programs. There's just too much empty space.

A:Solved: Windows 7 Start Menu too big

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So earlier my computer ran a chkdsk (it prompts me to do this everytime it reboots, and usually when i let it run it freezes halfway through, so now i just try and cancel it, but sometimes im too slow) and unlike all the other times, it started messing with a whole bunch of files today, doing stuff i havent seen it do before. then i log in, and my program list in the start menu is almost completely empty, as well as my recent program list. The programs are still there, they werent deleted. They are also still in the start menu folder, but they do not appear in the program list anymore. Please help :)

A:[SOLVED] Start Menu Programs Gone

I had something similar happen with my start menu when I hooked up a new DVI Cable. I was getting two screen and I guess rebooting and restarting and all the cold starts messed with my system and I ended up doing a system restore which didn't work. Go into your "msconfig" in the search bar and try a normal boot if you don't already have that checked off and see what happens.


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Hi,I just upgraded from Windows 8.1 to 10 and someone told me you can do something to get the old style start button and menu back.
I found something called Classic Shell to download and wondered if this is a good way to go and is it safe.Thank you.Jane

A:Solved: Start menu button

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I'm trying to add quick links to my start menu. I know that this process should be easy: drag and drop right? And yet every time I try it comes up with the refusing mouse. If I try too add it manually by going to C:\Users\Admin\Start Menu and adding a shortcut there then it will appear in the all programs list at the top. This is really annoying. And yes, I do have "Enable dragging and dropping" unfortunately this still refuses to work. Do you think that someone might have manually disabled it from services.msc or something like that? If so then I shouldn't be too hard fix right? Any thoughts?

A:Solved: Add Programs To Start Menu

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the start menu for my vista has no icons, no short cuts on main menu, all programs is still there.

A:Solved: Start menu disapeared

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Someone help me out on this issue. My Windows XP start menu is all blank! Screenshot attached. Google-ing comes up with nothing! There is absolutely no spyware on my system. If its a registry issue, how do I fix it? Any ideas?

A:[SOLVED] Start Menu is blank!

Try Number 161 on Kellys-Korner

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Hi there

I have a problem. The blue color on the start up menu is gone..I dont know why . I have attached a pic of what it looks like.

Can anybody help me to get that blue color back...

I am using Windows XP and this is not the classic menu..

I dont know what other info i can provide..

I would really appreciate if someone could help me out

A:Solved: Colors of Start menu gone

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I've Windows XP Pro SP2.
for some reason I cant find Run in Start menu, also when I open any folder i cant see "Folder options" in view list
Scanning with Norton Anti-Virus corporate Edition 10 doesnt show any virus activities

any help Please

A:Solved: Run disappaired from Start menu

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Nothing happens when I right click any of the icons on my start menu, example, My Compuer, My Documents, etc. Left click to open works ok. Should I be able to right click to get at things like properties? How do I set up so I can do this or what need to be fixed? XP Home sp 2, IE 6. Thanks, Philav

A:Solved: Can't right click Start Menu

Right click the Start button, select Properties, Customize. Scroll through
the options on the Advanced tab and put the check mark back in Enable
dragging and dropping.

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Does anyone know how to prevent the "Start Menu - Documents" from updating every time a document or download opens?

A:Solved: Start Menu - Documents

Do you mean "My Recent Documents" in the Start menu?

For that you can right-click on the Start button > Properties > Customize > Advanced tab, uncheck "List my most recently opened documents" and "My Recent Documents" won't show up in the Start menu or occasionally click on "Clear list" to delete the entries.

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I sure would appreciate if someone would help. Something I did a few days ago has caused my start menu and taskbar to disappear and for the the life of me I can't realize what I need to do. I am running Vista. Keep in mind I have NOTHING at the bottom of the screen, so I can not turncomputer off, I cannot click in an empty space. I did go into startup and task bar properties and "lock toolbar" is unchecked. I know I should be able to fix this but I think I am "brain dead"

A:Solved: start up menu and taskbar gone

here is a suggestion from another forum that worked for the poster ...

When you boot and see the black screen, press CTRL+ALT+DEL. Select the Task
Manager from the menu.

In the Task Manager, go to File/New. Type explorer.exe and click OK.

Does this cause the Desktop and TaskBar to appear?

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After restoring my HP computer from a fatal crash and adjusting my screen resolution to 1024X768 the Start button and Start Menu are slightly too far off the screen to the left (about an inch). I can't see the icons or first few letters of the items I pinned to the menu. Please help!

A:[SOLVED] Start Menu Display

Hi phmartin621

What's the exact model of your HP computer ? Make sure you've installed the latest display drivers for your model :

Is it only the start menu or some other menus or windows as well ? If when you expand some window the left part is out of the screen you need to adjust your display. Right-click an unused part of the desktop => properties => settings => advanced => locate the tab that corresponds to your video adapter and you'll find controls to adjust the position of the display. If it's a desktop computer there are also buttons on the monitor to do that.

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Hi Guys,
I am having a problem with my start menu program. First of all it will not reset to Normal mode. It stays set on selective start up.
When I open the start tab, it has a check in every box. I delete the ones that do not need to start up on every boot up and when I press the apply button. I get an error message: "An access denied error was returned to change a service. You may need to log on using an Administrator Account to make specific changes".
I am the only person that uses this PC, how do I fix this problem? I am running Win XP, SP 3. I seem to get this error as an Administrator too.
Any ideas as to the problem here?
Thanks in advance,
Bob E

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Hi All

Can anyone advise how I can sort the list of applications and directories that appear when I press the XP Start button please.

I seem to have an irregular list of apps then directories then directories then apps etc.... and I'd like to tidy this up.


A:[Solved] Sorting START menu...?

Sorry my friends.... I should realise that "search" is my friend also... I did a search AFTER posting my thread (sorry!!) and found a great reply by RandyG...

Thanks - I'll mark as solved...

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I used I think it was Tidy Start Menu a while back, and now I decided I wanted to Uninstall it, the uninstall worked fine, but it didn't put my Start Menu back to normal. Is there anyway to do this?

A:Solved: Start Menu Problem

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can anyone tell me how to stop programs automatically going into the start up list when i click on Start...many thanks have messed about for weeks

A:Solved: Start menu keeps changing...

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Using 98 on a desktop I used to be able to right click the start button, choose explore and have a list of folders that were on the start menu, I could then make a new folder, name it Spyware then put all the spyware progs in so that my menu when I opened it was short. All photo stuff could go in one folder, spyware in another and so on.

With XP I don't seem to be able to do that, so my menu fills half the screen now.

All I get now is a folder that's named programmes and when I open that all that's there is shown in the screen shot posted here.

Anyone know how to do this, I dont want to mess things up bytrial and error.


Screen shots to big to upload.

A:Solved: Start Menu Folders XP

Installed Ifanveiw, resized it

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does anyone know how i can get the start menu, task bar, and system tray to be displayed vertically rather than horizontally on my xp pro pc?

A:Solved: start menu and task bar

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I had some problems with Norton (yea big surprise) so I gave up and called their tech support (yea big mistake) and they uninstalled and reinstalled their product and they say thats all they did. Now the left pane of My start menu is completely empty. The recently used program list and the recent file list is empty and will not repopulate and the IE and outlook links are gone. So of course i go to the properties menu and change the apropriate settings but it will not save when i close it I hit OK and apply but then I open the properties again and it is set back to the original "wrong" settings. Any Ideas?

A:Solved: Start menu messed up

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Anyone found a way to add shortcuts to the start menu?

You can't add shortcuts directly to the folder.
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

A:Solved: Add shortcuts to start menu

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Hello!! Simple question here. I have added several programs to my start ment (RC, pin to start menu) - my question is how do I get them to list in alphabetical order?

A:[SOLVED] Windows 7 Start Menu

Hi -

As far as I know, pinned Start Menu items cannot be sorted; however, you can drag them to change their order. Left-click and hold, then drag within pinned area.

Regards. . .



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Every time I use a program it gets placed in the start menu. How can I stop this from occuring? Thanks.

A:Solved: crazy start menu!

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When I clicked the start button at the bottom of the page,,,,, Outlook Express used to be in the main menu. Now it isn't. Pin to start menu doesn't do it. Do you know how i can get it put back there?

It's under all Programs, but not in the main menu.

A:Solved: Outlook in start menu.


Drag OE icon from Programs list to the "main menu" using the right mouse button and select Copy Here from the menu.

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How do I SAFELY create new folders in Start menu and move already installed programs into them.

When I press Start - All Programs the list is way too long.

I think there's a way to add folders and move others into it. by creating new folder called Graphics and then drag 9 programs into it. which would shorten the menu by 8 items

Thank you

A:Solved: Start Menu — Shorten it up

Well one way is to right the desktop>new folder. Then open all programs and drag to the new folder. Of course you
will have to drag the new folder over out of the way so you can see it.

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I just noticed my start menu is acting a way I've never seen before. Instead of automatically unfold as usual, I see a partial vue (only a few programs) and I have to click on an arrow to make it unfold completely. Is that supposed to be this way (because I'm using XP Pro SP2 for the first time and SP1 was different)? Is there a function you have to deactivate or activate?


A:Solved: Start menu question

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I was assisting a family member load Microsoft Office Suite on his Computer with the Vista Operating system. The program installed but did not place an icon on the desk top. I click on the Windows (Start) icon and moved the cursor to Microsoft Office Suite and then tried to create a short cut on the desk top by dragging the "Microsoft Word" icon to the desktop. That worked but it removed "Word" from the "Microsoft Suite" listing in programs in the start menu. Is there anyway to get it back short of re-installing the suite. I know the correct way to create a desktop shortcut but wasn't thinking when I tried that silly maneuver.

A:Solved: How Do I Repin Program to Start Menu

go to c drive -> documents and settings -> all users -> start menu ->programs and place the shortcut in moffice folder

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The 'RUN' short cut has dissappeared from the 'START' pop-up menu.

This Gateway laptop is using W2000-Pro. This has never happened before.

I'd like to get the 'RUN' icon/shortcut back, because it's convenient to use.

A:Solved: How do I Get 'RUN' Back Into The 'START" Pop-Up Menu?

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The start button on my computer, as well as any of the icons in the taskbar, do not work. I have Windows XP. Any help on fixing this matter is greatly appreciated!

I should also mention that this started happening when I rebooted my computer and got an error message that said "SRV #001 CLED Error." I can't move my mouse cursor for 2-3 minutes whenever this error message occurs.


A:Solved: start menu and taskbar do not work

Jason, Check out the link below.


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My dad pitched me this question to pose to the board membership.

He's running Windows XP on the desktop computer, and he's got quite an extensive collection of programs after a good number of years now. The problem is that when he accesses the Start Menu and selects All Programs, the column menus now extend to three columns. The difficulty is that the far right most column is not completely visible on the screen now.

Given my dad's fairly advanced age (80+), I'm afraid that modifying the screen resolution setting is really not an option. Exclusive of some well-intentioned suggestion to pare down the number of programs on the All Programs menus (that's not going to happen), are there any other suggestions or fixes circulating that would somehow reorient the All Programs columns when they pulldown? And selecting the option to only display recent programs on the All Programs menu is also probably not an option.

A:Solved: Seeing All Three Columns - Start Menu All Programs

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OK... I admit I love adding new programs. Unfortnuately I can't see all my programs as they disappear off the right hand side of the screen. How do I get them all on screen?

Also, my show desktop icon is "missing". Any help would be appreciated.


A:Solved: Can't view all programs on start menu

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This is my classic start menu:

When I highlight "Documents" it shows my ten recent documents that I have accessed. Here is an example:

The original Windows XP start menu has a check box that you untick: "List my most recently opened documents". I know I can delete these recent documents manually, or go into Start menu properties, and click clear. But I'm lazy, and I don't want any of these popping up, as I never use this feature. Is there any way I can stop those from appearing?

Also, there's a way to stop "Run" from appearing in the start menu:

...But there isn't a way to stop "Help and Support" from appearing in the start menu. Is there any ways I can stop it from appearing also?


A:[SOLVED] Classic Start Menu for Windows XP

This maybe what you're looking for

<<Remember to BACKUP your Registry before making any changes.>>

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Hi all.
I recently lost all of my firefox bookmarks and got them back no problem after a uninstalled and reinstalled firefox. However now my quick launch bar and my start menu is broken. I hope someone here can help me.

I'm running windows xp home edition.

Here's a screenshot if it helps. (click to make bigger)

A:Solved: Broken Start menu and quicklaunch bar

Hi, Try this free tool ((also there is a version for $5 you can get, with a full License and some extra features, it's good if you do, but not required))

Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!

You run the download, and in the window, use the drop down arrows to select what you want to repair/restore.

The Download link is at the bottom of that page....

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I deleted a few items from Start Menu>Programs that I would like to restore. These items are (1) set program access and defaults (2) windows catalog and (3) windows update. I don't know where the .exe files are for me to copy back into the start menu folder or if there is a easier way to restore them.

A:Solved: How to Restore Items on Start Menu

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I started up my PC yesterday and I couldn't believe my eyes!

I have looked all over the net and cannot find anything like this. Here is the description:

The PC loads windows, but instead of going to my desktop screen... I get to an open windows explorer window (open to my desktop list) - my start up menu and taskbar are GONE....

Everything else works.... my programs, my files, my user config... everything

I went into control panel and clicked on taskbar... nada... nothing happens

checked anti virus.. nada....

I have another physical disk (d with windows and when I swithc it to be the boot up disk, I get windows like usual, but none of my user configuration.... and the programs from the original disk do not load.

Tried to copy eplorer.exe... nothing.....

what do you guys suggest?

A:Solved: Start up menu and taskbar - dissapeared!

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Hey guys,

Just fiddling around with my new laptop and haven't been able to alter one thing that I'd like to.

Basically I want my start menu to look like this as soon as I hit the windows symbol.

As opposed to what it actually looks like;

So really what I'm trying to say is that, I want to know whether there is a way to open your 7 start menu with your all programs list already expanded.


A:[SOLVED] Windows 7 Start menu Alterations

maybe with a registry hack it''s possible, but there's no way to do it in user settings.

The default white space you have at present will eventully become populated with programs that have been recently opened (unless you have disabled that feature). You can also "pin" your favourite applications in that white space by right-clicking the relevant shortcut and choosing "Pin to Start Menu".

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I can right click any local app and "add to start menu" but I don't get this option on networked apps. I try dragging and dropping the shortcut to the start menu but it is denied. If I manually copy the shortcut to the directory on the hard drive where the shortcuts are located it lets me but they don't show up on the start menu. Help!

A:[SOLVED] Unable to add a networked app to start menu

Cricket cricket cricket :)

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I changed My Music path and deleted My Music from the start menu where I have My Documents,My Pictures,My Computer.
I have made a shortcut that I placed in the start menu but I want to move it over to the section holding all the "My" folders.How do I achieve that?

A:Solved: Add My Music back into start menu

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Helping a neighbor clean and update her HP Pavilion running W-XP sp3. Always with my own XP machine, I was able to delete any Program entry that a regular Remove from the Control Panel happened to leave behind.

Not with this machine. I can highlight an entry, but the mouse will not allow a right-click. I have gone into 'Start Menu' under the User and deleted whatever I could. But the "dead" entries are not shown in Windows Explorer, only on the Start Menu on the desktop.

There is only one live User Account on the machine, and hers has Admin privileges. I have also gone through the Explorer to look at the Start Menu folders under All Users and Default User -- without finding anything.

I don't know where else to look for the entries I want to delete, or how else to deal with them directly in the Desktop Start Menu.

Would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks. Dean

A:Solved: Problem editing Start Menu in XP sp3

Solved the problem myself.

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Hi fellas!

I recently got a new netbook from my university. It's a Dell Latitude 2120, just for the record.

I've had a lot of problems with it in this past two months or so(touchpad always freezes at some point etc. but mostly software related). My main problem, however, is that I can't pin any programs onto taskbar or the start menu. For example, I have Firefox open now, I can see the icon on the taskbar, but when I right click the icon and click 'pin to taskbar', it does nothing, the context menu won't even go away, just like I haven't even pressed it(weird,right?).

And to my next problem: I have the exactly same thing in taskbar. The Windows menu has no items on it. It only has that sidebar and 'all programs' button. This is really weird.

I have done a few security scans and I have F-Secure 'Pro', so I doubt it's caused by a malware.

So yeah.. All help's appreciated! Cheers.

A:[SOLVED] Can't pin items to taskbar or start menu

Are you an Admin. on the laptop? Or a Student account?

Does the laptop "reset" when you shutdown and restart it? For example all the desktop icons back to normal.

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Good day,
i have windows 7 home premium.
How do i create a new folder in the "all programs" section of the start menu?
I used to be able to create new folders on desktop, then drag and drop into all programs, but this does not work anymore. I just posted another thread regarding this problem of not being able to drag and drop files or folders from my desktop to "all programs"
thanks for your help,

A:Solved: Creating folders in start menu

Here is the location of the All Programs menu, You can make new folders here and put your program shortcuts in there.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs


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Hello. Items place in my user folder are not appearing in the Start/All Programs menu.

For example, if I place them here:

C:\Documents and Settings\usrnam\Start Menu\Accessories

they do not appear in Start/All Programs...

But, if I place them here:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories

They do show up in the program menu.

Does anyone know what could be causing this?


A:Solved: Start Menu Items Missing

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Well its sorta hard to explain but as they say a picture says a thousand words. So look at the picture . Basically what windows is doing is it's displaying the entire contents of the "My Programs" folder instead of the normal display for a program that only includes the exe, uninstall and related things. As you can see its displaying every folder and every object inside those folders. Any help to restore this to a normal state would be nice. Thanks

A:Solved: Start Menu > All Programs- Problem

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When i boot up my computer i have to log on as administrator to run task manager and all that appears is my background no start menu or desktop ive run spybot and house call to remove spyware/malware and have also installed hijackthis below is the report from that

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 1:42:04 AM, on 8/19/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Firewall\msfwsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winss.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =*http://www.y... Read more

A:Solved: No Start Menu, Desktop, or Icons

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Can anyone tell me why my start Menu keeps moving up higher with all the empty space at the bottom and how do I fix it. Regards Ken See attached screen shot

A:Solved: Start Menu keeps moving higher

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Ocassional problem! Win7 with 3 user accounts, usually no probs but occasionally when logging into an account all you get is a blank blue screen, no mouse pointer, taskbar,
start icon or desktop icons, justa blank blue screen. Not BSOD though, looks like a blank desktop background!
Can't CTR ALT DEL, won't do nothing, all you can do is switch machine off and back on using the power switch which results in ILLEGAL SHUTDOWN msg when you swicth it back on.
There appears to be no pattern, have searched google, many similar issues woth others but all have a start menu or are able to CTR ALT DEL.
Ran anti virus which also came back clean.

Win 7, Intel Quad Core, 8gbDDR2, GTX470 graphics, Foxconn Mobo.

A:Solved: No desktop icons, start menu, nothing!

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I am running Windows XP Pro SP3. For the past couple weeks when I click on START > ALL PROGRAMS the programs menu comes up for a few seconds and most of the time before I can select a program the menu disappears from the screen. I know of other ways I can get to the program I want so I am in no big panic. This problem is frustrating. Can anyone help?

A:Solved: Start>Programs menu disappears

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I am using Win XP on my PC. When I click on Start in the lower left corner only part of the items that should be in my menu are there. From Programs down is missing. How do I get the rest of my things back that go into that drop down menu?


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I have XP Home Edition, no SP2, and all was fine until yesterday after a major storm that killed power - perhaps damaged PC?
At any rate, I can boot up okay, and the desktop toolbar and the quick launch toolbar buttons work, but none of my office toolbar shortcuts nor the shortcuts in the start button menu seem to want to work - sometimes they depress and the machine freezes and sometimes they wont even appear to click (expecially the start button links).
I can obviously work around most things by searching the PC via the desktop toolbar, but I really want to have things how they were
Any suggestions will be very gratefully received!

A:Solved: Unable to use start menu or other shortcuts in XP

The only suggestion I could give -- ALWAYS turn off (and unplug) the PC during a (thunder) storm... Storms can do all sorts of damage. I sure hope in your case it's software and not hardware that's gone awry.

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this is my drama and dihlema ! ! !

last week i ghosted 15 windows xp machines. i used 2 user accounts from two different OUs(managers and users), to test and see if everything is working fine(start menus, map drives, printers bla bla bla and so on) and there was no problem at all ! !

a manager brought to my attention, that she could access the "all programs" in the start menu, i therefore re-tested all the machines with the user accounts again and realised that the users can access everything with no problem at all but the managers could not access the all programs folder.

my assumption was "restrictions", that could be placed in group policy but i did not touch group policy because there was no reason to touch it. i did have a check and everthing seemed fine to me ! ! !

i created a new OU and transfered all the accounts to the new one but still the samething ! ! !

im speechless as too how this happened. if anyone has a solution, please help out a fellow tech ! ! ! !

thanks ! !

A:Solved: all programs missing in start menu ! ! !

Since you apparently solved the problem promptly on your own, could you shed a little light on what was done?

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I recently installed a demo of Namo WebEditor 2006. I customised its position in the start menu . ie. moved it. I did not like the program and uninstalled it. The problem is that the entry still appears in the start menu (It is located in the All users directory/start menu. I cannot dlete/move or change it in any way. I have tried the following.
1. Dos mode - cannot see it.
2. Safe mode (all types) cannot see it.
3. Trying from another OS. cannot operate on it.
4. Regedit - the entry is not there on a search

General search - not found.

Any ideas anyone

A:Solved: Non existent start menu entry.

Right click on it in the Start Menu and click Delete.

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I need some advice on removing items from the start menu.
When I click on Start then Programs I get a list of items(shortcuts) divided into 2.
thats OK.
The top half can be removed via the Start/Settings/Taskbar/Start Menu Programs/Remove process

What I want to be able to do is remove items from the 2nd half of the list which don't appear when I try to follow the remove items process.
I've tried the NT help with no luck - anybody have any ideas?

A:{Solved} - Removing items from NT4 Start Menu

The Start Menu in NT 4 is split into the current user's folder's/icons and the default user's folder's/icon's.

You will need to do:

Start > Run > c:\winnt\profiles\default user

and remove the icons by deleting them from here.


Mark Bewick

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On the side of the bar where it says My Documents ect ect is there a hack that will allow me to add my own folder for ease?

A:Solved: adding a shortcut to the start menu?

What OS are you using?

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. . . and I can't get to "search" or "run." I changed the icon size to "small" in the properties>start menu>customize, but that isn't helping at all. In my other accounts the start menu text is fine.

I'm running Win XP.

How do I make it normal size?

Thanks, Scott.

A:Solved: start menu text is GIGANTIC . . .

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Hi everyone,

I am new here so thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

My PC is quite old- but works really well normally. It is a HP running Windows XP.

My problem is that suddenly this morning the programs in my start menu disappeared with a few exceptions. By this I mean the short-cuts in 'All Programs' not just the recently used programs list. The programs still there are; Dropbox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Spotify, Outlook Express, Remote Assistance, some Accessories and Steam.

Whilst I have no idea what caused this I have done some things to try and fix it so far this morning- but with no luck.

This is what I tried:

1) AVG full scan
2) System Restores (2 points- 1 this morning and 1 from Wednesday)
3) Installed, updated and ran Malwarebytes (which found and removed 7 threats- can post log if needed)
4) Installed, updated and ran SUPERAntiSpyware (which found and removed 233 threats (all cookies)- can post log if needed)
5) Several restarts of Windows throughout process.

My PC seems to be performing normally (maybe slightly slower- but that may just be my perception). However I would like to restore my programs without reinstalling them all individually if possible.

Is there anything anyone can recommend to do or something I have missed?

Thanks very much


A:Solved: Start Menu Problems Disappeared

Have you got your XP CD? If so, can you do a repair install?

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I have deleted a program that continues to appear when ever I right click on the start button, where you find 'open', 'explore', properties etc.

It also shows up when I right click on a document with the pointer/mouse.

How can I remove it from my right click list?


A:Solved: right click on start menu and mouse

Looks like you've double-posted:

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