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Tech Tip: Speed up the Start menu in Windows NT

Find out how you can control the speed of navigation on the Start menu by tweaking a registry setting.

In today's 24/7 work environments, time is of the essence. Everyone wants to find some way to carve out more time each day, and slow computers can be the bane of an employee's existence. Speeding up sluggish navigation on a PC may not seem like much, but a few seconds here and there can add up to a lot over time.

For example, you can control the speed of navigation on the Start menu by tweaking a registry setting. This registry edit reduces the time it takes for the Start menu to display the next tree when you move the cursor over it.

Follow these steps:

  1. To open the Registry Editor, go to Start | Run, enter regedt32 in the Open text box, and click OK.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop/ MenuShowDelay.
  3. Change the value of this setting to 100, and click OK.
  4. Exit the Registry Editor, and restart the system.

Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.

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