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    eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    hi --

    i'm tired of always clicking on the double chevron when i want to access a program on my start menu ... is there a way to show all programs at once (like the "always show full menus" option in ms office)??

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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    Hi, Steve ~

    Right-click 'Start' > 'Properties' > 'Start Menu' tab > 'Customize' button > 'Advanced' tab > uncheck 'Scroll programs' > 'OK'.

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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    did not work ... i would add that i'm using the classic start menu ... and just to clarify, when i click programs, the list of programs does not include all of them ... instead, there is a double chevron for me to click to get all programs ... and when i do that , the menu is partially 3d with some programs being flat and others "embossed"

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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

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    ...with some programs being flat and others "embossed"
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    Right-click Start button on the lower left corner of your screen and from pop-up menu choose "Explore". You will see Windows Explorer windows with your "Programs" menu as regular folder and subfolders. You can manage your shortcuts from there moving to/from subfolders, deleting unwanted ones and adding other shortcuts by right-clicking an empty space on the right pane and from pop-up menu choosing New | Shortcut.

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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    i don't understand .. i'm happy with my organization of my start menu and do not want to change my folders and sub-folders structure as i have them now configured ... what i want is that all program groups be displayed at once (i only have 12 program groups total, with 9 being displayed flat all of the time and an additional 3 groups displayed "embossed" only AFTER i click the double chevron ... the phenomena that i'm experiencing is like the short menus that you can get in office programs for frequently used programs ... i suspect the empbossed program groups are once that i've not used recently, but i have not tested that theory!

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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    Are you using large or small icons on your start menu ?? The small icons will allow for more programs to be displayed without the chevrons coming into play. Have you tried switching to the XP standard menu from the classic view to see if that changes anything ??
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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    good questions ... first, i'm using the small icons ... when i use the xp start menu, i do not get that problem, irrespective of whether or not i check "scroll programs" (as suggested in an earlier post) ... but, i don't like the xp start menu ... it's too cluttered ... all i want is my 12 program groups to appear and to all appear at once without having to double click the chevron

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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    Two other questions. What resolution is your monitor set to ?? And what is your monitor size and type (CRT or LCD).

    I've attached a Screen shot of my start menu in both XP and Classic views. I didn't change any settings and they appear very differently as far as the programs displayed. I'm assuming you want all your programs to display where Windows update, Windows catalog & Set Program Access and Defaults are in the classic view.
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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    i'm running 1024, 19" monitor, CRT .... i've attached a screen capture of my start menu ... i don't want the menus on top, just part of programs .... btw, i was not able to see your classic menu attachment, just the xp version

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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    First, one comment on using the Lounge. When you reply, you are always replying to your original message instead of to the person that replied to you. This makes it very hard to follow the thread of messages. Please reply to the message you are responding to.

    Now, right click on the Task Bar and select Properties. In the dialog box, make sure that "Use Personalized Menus" is NOT checked.
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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    first, let me apologize ... i did not understand that the reply was to any particular msg ... i thought that replies were to the entire thread and my response would just go to the bottom ... i'll remember that for next time

    but, BINGO, your suggestion was the answer, ie, uncheck use personalized menus! many thanks

    another success story for the Lounge

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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    No apology necessary, we all had to learn at some time or other.
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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    For future reference, there are two viewing modes, "flat," which is chronological in order first added (dates change if a post is edited, but the posts won't be re-sorted) and "threaded." Click this icon <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3timages/threaded.gif> at the top of a thread and Legare's comment will become much clearer.

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    Re: eliminating the double chevron in start menu (xp)

    The Classic menu and the XP menu are side-by-side, with the Classic view just below my signature. I combined them in one image to conserve space in the lounge and so you could compare them side-by-side. What I was looking for was what your screenshot showed; that your question was referring to the extended Programs menu in Classic view or the All Programs menu in the XP menu, and not the programs on the Start menu (Pinned to the Start menu in the XP vernacular).

    Sorry for any confusion. Just trying to narrow the field down a bit. Glad it all worked out. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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