JSI Tip 4651. How can I automatically keep my Windows Start menu sorted?

Windows 2000 and Windows XP maintain a custom Start menu order.

I prefer my menus to be sorted alphabetically, but I am constantly forgetting to right-click on an object in the Start menu and press Sort by Name.

To resolve this problem:

1. Create a SMOrder.reg file, to delete the MenuOrder key at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer. SMOrder.reg contains:



2. Place a Minimized shortcut to %SystemRoot%\regedit.exe /s <Path>\SMOrder.reg in your Startup folder.

Every time you logon, the MenuOrder key will be deleted.

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