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Insider Power Techniques for Microsoft® Windows® XP by Austin Wilson, Scott Andersen, Geoff Winslow, Paul McFedries

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Modifying the Start Menu and Taskbar with Group Policies

You’ve seen throughout this book that the group policies offer unprecedented control over the Windows XP interface without having to modify the registry directly. This is particularly true of the Start menu and taskbar, which boast more than 40 policies that do everything from removing Start menu links such as Run and Help to hiding the taskbar’s notification area. To see these policies, launch the Group Policy editor and select User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Start Menu And Taskbar.

Most of the policies are straightforward: By enabling them, you remove a feature from the Start menu or taskbar. For example, enabling the Remove Run Menu From Start Menu policy hides the Start ...

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