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Customize the Start Menu

You customize the Start menu to make it show the items you use frequently. You can customize your Start menu to add a favorite program’s icon or to purge an unwanted icon. Follow these steps to customize the Start menu:

  • To add a favorite program’s icon to the Start button’s menu, right-click the program’s icon and choose Pin to Start Menu from the pop-up menu. Windows copies that icon to your Start menu’s left column. (From there, you may drag it to the All Programs area, if you want.)

  • To purge unwanted icons from the Start menu’s left column, right-click them and choose either Unpin from Start Menu or Remove from This List. (Removing an icon from the Start menu doesn’t remove the actual program from your computer; it just removes one of many push buttons that launch it.)

When you install a program, the program almost always adds itself to the Start menu automatically. Then the program boldly announces its presence, as shown in the following figure, by displaying its name with a different background color.

Note that the newly installed NoteTab Light program shows up in a different background color.
Note that the newly installed NoteTab Light program shows up in a different background color.

You can customize the Start menu even more by changing its properties. To start playing, right-click the Start button, choose Properties, and click the Start menu’s Customize button. Place a check mark by the options you want or remove check marks to remove the options. Messed up your Start menu somehow? Click the Use Default Settings button, click OK, and click OK again to start from scratch.

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