Streamline users' start menus

Streamline users' start menus
Erasmo Medina

Users with too many items on the start menu are only a click away from trouble. You can avoid this by clearing out the start menu. In this tip, reader Erasmo Medina tells how.

If you are like me, you hate having too many items in Start Menu. So you'll appreciate the new tip on how to streamline your Windows 2000 Start Menu icons. Click Start Menu, Settings, Task Bar & Start Menu. You'll get the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog window. Click the Advanced tab. In the Start Menu Settings section, uncheck Display Favorites and Display Logoff items, and then click the OK button for the changes to take effect.

You also have to make a change to the Registry. As in any situation where you are going to change something in a Registry, make sure you back up the Registry so that if, on some chance, you mess up and enter the wrong thing, so that the computer won't boot, you can restore the Registry from your backup and be back where you started. Make sure you know how to do the restore before you start.

Launch Regedt32.exe, (click start, run and enter regedit, and click on OK) and locate the following Registry key:

     Hkey_Current_UserSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrent VersionPoliciesExplorer

Add the following key value:

     Valuename: NoRecentDocsMenu Value Type: BINARY Value: 01000000

That removes the Documents entry. And that's it. Now you'll have

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a cleaner Start Menu.

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Related Book

Microsoft Windows 2000 : Registry Handbook
Author: Jerry, Jr. Honeycutt
Publisher: QUE
Published: Jun 2000
Windows 2000 Registry Handbook helps administrators become more effective and productive. This handbook helps you use the Registry for practical business purposes. While other books tend to discuss technology for the sake of technology, this book delivers timely, critical information that you can use to perform your job better. Topics covered are administering and securing the Registry, customizing Windows 2000, scripting changes, troubleshooting, and diagnosing common Registry errors.

This was first published in April 2001

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