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    No Start->Connect To->Show All Connections (XP Home/unsure of release)

    A friend's XP/Home machine on which I worked last night had no "Connect To->Show All Connections" pick on the Start menu.

    Has anyone ever seen that? I was trying to do as Woody advises on p. 708 of Windows Desk Reference for Dummies, to see whether the XP firewall was on. Though I found out another way, I was puzzled at the absence of the simple menu route mentioned above. It has been present on the other XP machines (home and pro) on which I've worked.

    I'd appreciate any insights you might have.

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    Re: No Start->Connect To->Show All Connections (XP Home/unsure of release)

    I don't have the facilities to check at the moment, but I believe that is the result of changing a setting in the taskbar and start menu options (right-click on the taskbar and choose properties). If Show as a link is selected, you see the "Show all connections" item, and if you choose Display this item you will see the list expanded.
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    Re: No Start->Connect To->Show All Connections (XP Home/unsure of release)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by WilliamJames on 16-May-02 14:36.</P>Thanks, Mark. Will check it out when I get back to that XP machine. I appreciate the quick reply! ...

    ... And last night I *did* check it out. Your suggestion pointed the way to understanding. I had no idea how extensively XP lets one customize the start menu and its submenus.

    Mark, I noticed and would appreciate your insight into one other strange thing on the PC in question: when I went to load Norton Antivirus 2002 independently of Internet Security 2002 (this is accomplished by launching NAV.MSI in the NIS folder on the CDROM), no way could I get Windows to display the MSI extension despite all the usual tricks. Still, it *was* the right file - Properties convinced me of this, and sure enough, it did install NAV2002.

    Could it be that file extensions will not display if files are "links" even if folder options are set to display extensions and to show system files?

    Best regards,

    Blil

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    Re: No Start->Connect To->Show All Connections (XP Home/unsure of release)

    By default, Windows doesn't show you file extensions. You know, you mught hurt yourself, particularly if you understood how your computer worked. <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15>

    Although you can turn on the display of file extensions through Windows Explorer, there are some extensions that will remain hidden. A few of these are .LNK (a shortcut), .URL (an Internet Explorer favorite), and .PIF (Program Information File, used to launch DOS/command line applications). This isn't an all inclusive list, but it gives you the idea. You can enable display of these items too, if you really want to. The easiest way is to download X-Setup, which allows you to tweak various aspects of the Windows interface.
    -Mark

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