What is Windows XP's Start menu scrolling?

A. If you have many different programs and program groups installed and you click Start, Programs, the list of applications might take up a large part of the screen or not all fit on screen. To configure the desktop to display the available programs in one column with a navigation bar that lets you scroll through the list, perform the following steps:

  1. Right-click the Start button, then select Properties from the displayed context menu.
  2. Click the Customize button.
  3. If you're using XP's Classic Start menu, select the Scroll Programs check box under "Advanced Start menu options." If you're using XP's non-Classic Start menu, select the Advanced tab, select Scroll Programs under "Start menu items."
  4. Click OK to close all dialog boxes.

You can also configure the Scroll Programs setting directly in the registry by performing the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced registry subkey.
  3. Double-click StartMenuScrollPrograms, set the value to Yes to scroll or No to not scroll, then click OK.
  4. Close the registry editor.
  5. Log off and log on for the change to take effect.
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