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Article ID: 216445 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 2.2

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It is possible to control the interval used to delay the appearance of the cascading menus when you click Start on the Taskbar.


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To change the Start menu display interval, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK.
  2. On the Windows menu, click HKEY_CURRENT_USER on Local Machine.
  3. Click the \Control Panel\Desktop folder.
  4. Double-click the MenuShowDelay value, type a number representing the menu display delay (in number of milliseconds) in the String box, and then click OK. You can enter any whole number between 0 and 4,000. If you use an entry of 0, there is no menu display delay.
  5. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

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