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How to customise the Start menu in Windows 7

Adjust the links and programs to suit you

When Microsoft introduced Windows 7, the latest iteration of its Windows operating system, it gave PC users a host of ways to personalise their computers. As well as offering the ability to change the theme, desktop background and even sounds, Windows 7 also allows users to customise the Start menu, by adjusting the program icons and links they see. Here's how to customise your Start menu in Windows 7.

Step one
From the Start menu, open the Control Panel.

Step two
Select Appearance and Personlization and then scroll down to the Task bar and Start Menu section and choose Customize the Start Menu. This will bring up the Task bar and Start Menu properties window.

Step three
To customise whether the links on the right-hand start of the Start menu, such as Document, Computer etc, appear as links, menus or not all, press the Customize button located on the far right-hand side of the window and select your requirement from those displayed. Then press Ok.

Step four
In the Task bar and Start Menu properties window, you can also change the action the power button performs. Click the drop down menu next to Power button action and simply select one of the options that include Restart, Lock and Shut down.

Step five
Finally, chose whether to have recently opened programs and files displayed on the left-hand side of the Start menu by checking or unchecking the boxes under the Privacy section in the Task bar and Start Menu properties window. Press Apply to save the changes and then Ok to shut down the Window.

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