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All Programs does not display all programs

by toptechx6 / November 18, 2010 11:24 PM PST

I am running XP Pro with SP3, when I click the All Programs tab an entire page of installed programs appears, it does not however display all programs that are installed on the machine. I am not sure if this is a display issue (no more room on the page to display additional installed programs) or something else. I have tried without success to "expand" the page in question, any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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That's proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2010 2:30 AM PST

Programs are not required to put entries in any list you see on Windows.

Why this is would have us discuss Windows 3.0 to present day and the choices made from then to now.

Hope this helps you understand that All Programs only lists programs that opted to install an item on that menu.

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But luckily ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 20, 2010 12:38 AM PST

you can add folders and a shortcut to any program you like to run to the All Programs list yourself. So you tailor it to your own needs. Isn't that wonderful?


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All Programs not Displaying...
by MarkinTO / November 21, 2010 3:30 PM PST

I understand your problem exactly. You mean, you have so many programs installed, and would like to display them, without the limitation of Windows stopping (or going over) your display space! Which renders your mouse useless.

I too (being a video editor/comp tech)have run into the same problem, as I have hundreds of software titles installed (and no, it has nothing to do with software creating entries).

It's not a virus, nor any other horrible thing. It simply requires a change...

Right-Click on START

Select the Start-Menu, Tab

Make sure the Start Menu 'radio-button' is selected

Select the 'Customize button'

Select the 'Advanced Tab'

Scroll about 3/4 of the way through the list and you will find a check-box, indicating:

Scroll through Programs

Put a check in that box.

Shut down, re-start, and you should be good to go.

You should know get a cascading list of ALL the programs on your computer, in a list (without the hassle of running out of screen space).

This bugged me for months, before I found the tip. Hope it helps.

I too, originally thought it was a resolution problem.

Mark in Toronto.

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All programs not viewable
by marionhd / August 28, 2011 9:09 AM PDT

Your response helped to resolve the problem for me. Thanks very much!

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Missing listing of all Programs in Start - Windows XP Pro
by happysalsadude / July 2, 2012 8:41 AM PDT

Thank you! It worked!

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