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    Slow Dropdown Menus

    Anyone know a tip on how to speed up the viewing of items when trying to open something in another folder? What I mean is that when you go to say FILE -> OPEN in Word2000, and then click on the dropdown for "LOOK IN FOLDER", that dropdown hesitates for quite a while before displaying your folder/drive listing.

    I've noticed a considerable slowdown in this operation since upgrading to Windows 2000 SP1 from Win95/98.

    Using the "UP ONE LEVEL" toolbar button is a little quicker, as well as typing the file location in the open box, but there has to be a way of speeding up the "LOOK IN" dropdown viewing.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Re: Slow Dropdown Menus

    Not sure if this in on point, but I've noticed that when I have a CD in, the system has to spin it up to get the volume name to display in the drop box of drive letters, and that greatly impacts the speed.
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    Re: Slow Dropdown Menus

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    This sluggish situation I am describing occurs on a machine without the CD drive installed as well.

    Any other thoughts?

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    Re: Slow Dropdown Menus

    Fast enough here.
    On a network?
    If so, do mapped drives appear connected OK?
    If you close the File|Open window then immeiately re-open it, is it faster?

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    Re: Slow Dropdown Menus

    Thanks Leif.

    Yes, we are on a network with a T1 connection.

    If we click on the File -> OPEN, then click on the drop-down for "LOOK IN", and wait 5-10 seconds for the dropdown to appear, and then close the FILE -> OPEN box, the next time we go back in to open a file, it is much quicker when viewing the "LOOK IN".

    But if we close WORD, and then go back into WORD the slowness returns. this is not just with Word, but all Office applications and Windows Explorer.

    There has to be some way to speed this up. It is much quicker on the same network using Win95 and Office2000.

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    Re: Slow Dropdown Menus

    Thanks Leif !!!

    this is exactly the tip I needed.

    We have yet to implement DDNS, since we are still in "mixed mode".

    I modified the registry entry as that tip suggested, and now my "Look In" dropdown opens in half the time.

    thanks again...

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    Re: Slow Dropdown Menus

    Another reason for this slow down appears to be drive letters allocated to unformatted disk space. I had several such drive letters assigned on my to partitions I had set up but not formatted. After using the "My Computer" function in Tweakui to remove these drive letters from displaying within "My Computer", both 'My Computer" and the file open drop down menus appear as fast as they used to with earlier operating systems.

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    Re: Slow Dropdown Menus

    I've updated the URL above - I'm afraid JSI keep changing their directory structure!

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    Re: Slow Dropdown Menus

    Anything here in this <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBG/tip3200/rh3244.htm>JSI Tip</A> of help? :

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    Re: Slow Dropdown Menus

    "I modified the registry entry as that tip suggested,"
    I am having the same problem. Can you please tell me what registry entry you modified and to what?

    (I clicked on the tip and got the "page not found")

    Thank you so much,

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    Re: Slow Dropdown Menus

    Thank you Leif.

    My IT dept followed the instructions and it works.

    We appreciate it.

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