Inside Out

Use links and submenus interchangeably

You can have it both ways . If you opt for submenus, you can still open items in Windows Explorer. Just right-click and choose Open.

Displaying Other Folders Other folders don't offer the link vs. submenu option, but your Start-menu customization is not complete until you decide whether to include any of these folders for single-click access:

• Favorites Menu (displays your Favorites menu as a cascading submenu)

• Homegroup (displays shared resources on your home network)

• Network (displays computers and devices on your network)

• Recent Items (displays your 15 most recently opened documents, from all applications)

• Default Programs (opens the Control Panel tool for specifying which program opens each document type)

• Devices And Printers (opens the Control Panel tool for managing your computer hardware)

• System Administrative Tools (displays a menu of advanced system-management programs)

• Connect To (displays a list of available network connections)

Displaying the Run Command The Run command, a perennial favorite of computer enthusiasts, is no longer a standard Start menu feature . You can make sure it's still part of your Start menu by selecting Run Command in the Customize Start Menu dialog box.

You might find you can live comfortably without the Run command. When you're tempted to type a program name in the Run dialog box, try typing it in the Start menu search box instead. The Search feature won't always get you where you want to go (it's no good when you need a command-line switch, for example), but it's more versatile than you might expect. Typically, you can run an executable by simply typing its name in the search box and pressing Enter, just as you would in the Run dialog box. On the other hand, the Run dialog box remembers command strings that you have entered before, and the search box has nothing to replace that.

Open the Run dialog box with a keypress

Whether or not your Start menu includes it, you can always get to the Run dialog box by pressing Windows logo key+R.

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