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Help Creating an active folder in Start menu on XP-Pro

by Cotton_Top / January 31, 2011 10:28 PM PST

I have XP-Pro SP3 and I'm would like to create an active (for lack of a better word,) folder in the Start menu.

I want the folder to automatically open whenever I hover the cursor on it. Then I can click on whatever is in the openned folder.

Currently any folder created or copied to the Start menu openes by double-clicking on it.

Anyone? Thx

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Re: active folder
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 31, 2011 10:33 PM PST

That's not a property of the folder. It's a property of the start menu. There's a checkbox to turn it on or off.
- Right click on the taskbar
- Choose properties
- Go to 'Startmenu' tab
- Click 'Customize'
- Go to Advanced tab
- Check 'Open submenu's when mouse points to it".

Sorry, this is translated from Dutch. So it's just an approximation of the correct English terms. But I'm sure you'll find it if you search.


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I am assuming that what you want ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 1, 2011 12:48 AM PST

is for the Folder you create to act like the Programs folder on the Classic Start Menu or the All Programs on the XP Menu which has the right pointing triangle that expands to show the folder's contents when you place the mouse on it?

If that is correct, you MUST be using the Classic view for the Start Menu. Once you have set up the Classic Menu and customized it as you like, all you need to do is Right Click on the Start Menu and select Open. In the resulting Window (which is the Start Menu folder) right click and select New then Folder. Name it as you like then, while that window is still open, click the Start button and you should see your new folder. Looking at the new folder properties you can customize it as you wish. This ONLY works if using the Classic menu.

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