Thursday, November 09, 2006

Windows XP: Turning off the 'New Programs Installed' Notice

Whenever a new program is install in Windows XP, the Windows Explorer highlights the new program shortcuts in the Start menu under the 'All Programs' sub-menu. Some people may find this feature useful, while others will find it really annoying.

To disable this feature, follow these instructions:
  • Right-click the Start button, and select Properties.
  • On the Start Menu tab, press the Customize button.
  • Click the Advanced tab.
  • Under 'Start Menu Settings,' uncheck the 'Highlight newly installed programs' checkbox.
  • Press the OK button.
Note: To re-enable this feature, just follow the instructions but check the 'Highlight newly installed programs' checkbox.

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