Customize XP StartMenu


Dear Computer Lady, 

I liked on the old start menu that when you pointed to documents, there were short cuts to the most recently opened ones.  Is there any way to do that on the XP start menu?




Dear Deb,

There are many things you can customize about the Windows XP start menu.

1. Right Click on the “Start” button and click on “Properties”.

2. Click on the “Start Menu” tab at the top, and take a look at the two options on the page.

3. If you want to go back to the whole look and feel of the old Start Menu (Windows XP refers to it at the “Classic Start menu”) click on the option called “Classic Start menu” and then click “OK”.

4. If you want to keep the look of the new Windows XP start menu, but customize the individual items on the menu, click on the option called “Start Menu” and then click the “Customize” button.


5. Here in the Customize Start Menu window, there are many things you can change like the size of the icons, number of icons on the left hand column and more. We want to click on the “Advanced” tab.

6. On the Advanced page, look down at the bottom section called “Recent Documents”. Click to put a check mark next to “List my most recently opened documents”.

7. Click “OK” two times for your choices to take effect.



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