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Any way to turn off menu option hiding?

Posted on 2000-03-04
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I personally don't really like the menu option "hiding" in Win2K, especially for the start menu. Is there any way to turn this feature off?

Thanks!
Frank
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by:davrog
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Frank,

You can disable the start menu hiding by clicking on Start > Settings > Taskbar and Start Menu...

Place a check in the "Use Personalized Menus" check box and click "OK".

If you would like to disable this "feature" in the Internet Explorer 5.0 Favorites Menu, from inside IE, click on Tools > Internet Options.

Then click on the "Advanced" tab and clear the checkbox next to "Enable Personalized Favorites Menu".

That should take care of the menu hiding in these cases.  I have not found out how to disable this in Outlook 2000 however.

Dave Rogers
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As mentioned by Dave, turning off the Personalized Menus from Start > Setting > Taskbar > Start Menu is a good idea, but it only affects the start menu.

There are two other places where you commonly fine the Personalized Menus, so knowing how to deal with them will be useful to know too.

First there is Favorites Menu of Internet Explorer. The way to turn off the Personalized Menu here is Tools > Internet Options > Advanced, and in that there is a Tickbox called Enable Personalized Favourites Menu. By turning this off, the Favorites you have won't keep hiding themselves.

The second one that is often come across is in Office 2000. The whole menu structure is affected, and to turn it off you head into Tools > Customize and untick a similar Tickbox for Personalized Menus. Making this change will affect all Office 2000 apps which have this feature.

And yes, when using someone elses account for a short time it's amazing what Personalized Menus can tell you about a persons habits. Such is why I'm not keen on them. It can reveal so clearly what many would like to remain hidden in the fog of the past.

Paul Wilkins
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by:davrog
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Thank you Paul for posting about the Office 2000 menus.  I did mention how to fix the Favorites menu in Internet Explorer if you read my original posting.

I also took your advice in Outlook 2000.  I went to Tools > Customize > Options tab and unchecked the Menus show recently used commands first.  So thank you for clearing that up.

Dave Rogers
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