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View Enhanced Start Menu Folders (Windows XP)

These settings allow you to customize which items are shown on the Windows XP enhanced Start Menu.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value or modify the values from the list below setting them to either: "0" to disable the item, "1" to show the item or "2" to expand the contents.

  • Start_ShowControlPanel - Control Panel
  • Start_ShowMyComputer - My Computer
  • Start_ShowMyDocs - My Documents
  • Start_ShowMyMusic - My Music
  • Start_ShowMyPics - My Pictures
  • Start_ShowNetConn - Network Connections

    You may need to restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

    Note: These settings will not effect the Start Menu in Classic mode.

    Registry Editor Example
    |NameTypeData|
    |(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
    |Start_ShowControlPanelREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
    |Start_ShowMyComputerREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
    |Start_ShowMyDocsREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
    |Start_ShowMyMusicREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
    |Start_ShowMyPicsREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
    |Start_ShowNetConnREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
    -
    |HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...|
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    Registry Settings
    User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
    Advanced]
    Value Name: Start_ShowControlPanel, Start_ShowMyComputer, Start_ShowMyDocs, Start_ShowMyMusic, Start_ShowMyPics, Start_ShowNetConn
    Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
    Value Data: (0 = hidden, 1 = open when clicked, 2 = expand contents)

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  • Last modified: November 14, 2002