Windows Tip: Make Folders Into Pop-Out Menus

Q: Is there a way to have the Control Panel and Printers Start menu items act like other menus that display a pop-out list of all the items inside?

A: Yes, as long as you don't mind creating a couple of new Start menu folders. We're going to make Windows query a system object rather than a file system folder.

You can do this a couple of ways. We'll start with the easy way, using TweakUI in the Control Panel. Then, we'll show you the hard way-- the ubiquitous Registry hack.

The TweakUI Way:
Open the TweakUI control panel.
Click on the "Desktop" tab.
You'll see a list of objects you can add to your desktop with check boxes next to them. You won't see a check box next to "Control Panel." Highlight it, then choose Create as File.
You'll get a navigation menu. To add the system object to your Start Menu, double-click on the directory C:\WINDOWS\Start Menu.

We've heard that this may not work on all machines. Also, you may not find every system object you want to use on the menu. In that case, do it the Registry Hack Way. Warning! If you're a beginning user and not comfortable working with the Windows registry, you probably ought to avoid messing with the registry.

Right-click the Start button, select Open, and in the resulting Start Menu window, select File, New, Folder.
Type the following: Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} (to name the folder), then press Enter. (Note that there's no space between the period and the open bracket.)

You can do the same with printers or other system objects by typing in their GUID (Globally Unique Identifier). Here are few options.

PRINTERS: Printers.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
INTERNET EXPLORER HISTORY LIST: History.{FF393560-C2A7-11CF-bff4-444553540000}


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