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Displaying More—or Fewer—Programs

By default, the Start menu displays the five most-recent applications you've run. You can reconfigure the Start menu to display more (up to nine) or fewer (as few as zero!) applications at a time.


If you want to start the Start menu with a clean slate, click the Clear List button. This opens the Start menu with no programs displayed.

To display more or fewer programs, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Start button and select Properties from the pop-up menu.

  2. When the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box appears, select the Start Menu tab and click the Customize button.

  3. When the Customize Start Menu dialog box appears, select the General tab.

  4. Select a new number from the Number of Programs on Start Menu list.

  5. Click OK.

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