you have to hit a little arrow to get it to show all choices. How do I turn
this off? I want to always see the entire menu.
Well, I think I get what you’re asking about. But even if I’m a
little off, what I’m about to explain actually covers several things.
In fact, most people don’t realize that there’s a plethora of customization
options related to the Start menu.
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Right click on the Start button, and you’ll see a popup
context menu, much like this:
Click on Properties and you should get this:
to the Start menu.”
You can see I’ve clicked on the Start Menu tab, since
that’s what we want to customize, but you can also see the
Taskbar tab, for customizing that.
There are a couple of ways we can go here, and I’ll show you both. With
Start Menu selected, click on the Customize
for this dialog:
Again, you can see I’ve clicked on the Advanced tab. Here
you’ll find several options you can customize to your heart’s content. What we
want is further down the list of Start menu items, so scroll
down in that list:
Look for Scroll Programs. The help for this item states
“Specifies whether to display the items on the Programs menu as one long
scrolling menu, or as horizontal pages. Depending on your screen resolution
…” you may or may not see arrows at each end of the list that you would use
to scroll that list.
That was all for the “newer”, Windows XP style start menu. OK or Cancel your
way all the way back to the original Properties dialog that we started with.
This time, click on Classic Start menu (which is more like
Windows 2000 and Windows 9x), and then click Customize, for a
slightly different Customize dialog:
Once again there are several things that can be customized here. And once
again what we need is near the bottom of the Advanced Start menu
You can see that Scroll Programs is present as before, but
so is something labeled Use Personalized Menus. That’s
documented as “.. keeps the Programs menu clean by hiding items you haven’t
This sounds closer to what the original request described, so I’m guessing
that you have Classic Start Menu turned on.
In any case, the options here allow a fair amount of customization of the
start menu. Have fun playing with it.