Microsoft Office XP - De-Emphasize Newly Added Programs In Your Start Menu (Win XP)

One addition to Windows XP that you can probably live without is the highlighting of newly added programs in your extended Start menu. When new software is added to your PC, the new program appears in a different color on the All Programs list, immediately drawing your attention to it whenever you access the All Programs list.

To remove the menu highlighting:

  • Right-click on the Start button and choose Properties
  • On the Start Menu property sheet
  • Click the Customize button, and then select the Advanced tab
  • Deselect the Highlight Newly Installed Programs check box, and then click OK

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