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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Customizing Windows Vista’s Desktop
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Getting Around the Start Menu
The Start button is the gateway to your computer’s menu system. Clicking the Start
button displays the Start menu. You can also display the Start menu by pressing the
Windows logo key on your keyboard.
The Start menu allows you to run programs, open folders, search your computer, get
help, and more. As with Windows XP, the Start menu in Windows Vista has two views:
Standard
The standard Start menu is the default view and provides easy access to pro-
grams, folders, and search.
Classic
The classic Start menu is an alternative view that provides the look of the Start
menu in Windows 2000 and earlier releases of Windows.
In most cases, you’ll want to use the standard Start menu rather than the classic Start
menu, because the standard Start menu includes enhancements that make it easier to
access programs and folders on your computer. It is also more customizable.
For the purposes of the discussion in this section, I’ll assume you are
using the standard Start menu. You can switch between the standard
and classic Start menus at any time by right-clicking the Start button
and then selecting Properties. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Proper-
ties dialog box, the Start Menu tab is selected by default. Click Start
Menu to use the standard Start menu, or click Classic Start Menu to
use the classic Start menu. Click OK to apply the settings.
The standard Start menu in Windows Vista is organized differently than in Windows
XP. See Figure 2-3 for an example of the standard Start menu in Windows Vista.
The standard Start menu has four key areas:
Programs list
The programs list in the left pane displays recently used programs and programs
that have been pinned to the Start menu.
Common folders and features
The common folders and features options in the right pane provide quick access
to the folders and features used most often.
Control buttons
The control buttons in the lower portion of the right pane include the Power,
Lock, and Options buttons used to control the state of the computer.
Search box
The Search box in the lower portion of the left pane allows you to search your
entire computer for files, folders, or programs.
I discuss these Start menu features in the sections that follow.
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Chapter 2: Optimizing Windows Vista’s Interface
Navigating and customizing the programs list
The Start menu’s left pane displays recently used programs and programs that have
been pinned to the Start menu. In the default configuration, Internet Explorer and your
default mail program are pinned to this list, and up to eight recently used programs are
displayed as well. You can customize the programs list by pinning additional items to
the Start menu and by changing the number of recently used programs to display.
Programs pinned to the Start menu are listed in the uppermost section of the pro-
grams list. Pinning programs to the Start menu provides quick access to your favor-
ite programs. You can pin a program to the Start menu by following these steps:
1. Click the Start button.
2. Navigate the menu to the program’s menu entry.
3. Right-click the program’s menu entry.
4. On the shortcut menu, select Pin to Start Menu.
Figure 2-3. The Start menu in Windows Vista

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