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Change the Maximum Number of Most Frequently Used Program ShortcutsWindows XP automatically adds shortcuts to your most frequently used programs to the bottom left of the Start Menu. Since there is a good chance that you will regularly use the same programs, this feature can be a real efficiency booster. Shortcuts to programs you often use are likely to stay right there in the most easily accessible area of the Start Menu.
You can also configure this feature to a degree by altering the maximum number of most frequently used program (MFU) shortcuts that can be displayed.
2. Click the "Customize" button to open the "Customize Start Menu" window.
3. Change the number in the dropdown box labelled "Number of programs on Start menu". (This only alters the number of programs listed in the most frequently used program area of the Start menu.)
4. After you have chosen the maximum desired number of program shortcuts to be displayed, click "OK" to exit the "Customize Start Menu" window and "OK" again to exit the "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" window.
Naturally, if you select too high a number, the Start menu will run out of room and not all of the program icons will be displayed. The highest number that you can select in step 3 above is normally 30, although I would suggest that 10 or 12 would be a more practical upper limit. However, you can make sure that as many icons as possible are displayed by selecting "Small Icons" in the "Customize Start Menu" window.
If you would prefer that no icons at all be displayed in the most frequently used program area, you can simply select "0" in step 3 above.
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