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Annoying Windows Thing

When your start menu hides programs from you because it figures you haven't used them in a while and thus aren't interested, this feature is called Personalized Menus. Knowing that, you can turn it off with the "Use Personalized Menus" checkbox in your start menu's advanced controls. (Not sure which versions of Windows that applies to. If yours isn't doing this, don't worry about it.)

Office XP does the same thing with it's menu items. To change that, right-click the taskbar in any of it's applications, select Customize from the pop-up list, and find the "Always Show Full Menus" checkbox on the Options tab.

...and with that, I think I've finished messing with the UI.

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self
May. 23rd, 2002 03:04 pm (UTC)
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Imagine getting into the back seat of a friends car, and discovering the controls to open and close your window have somehow gone missing. The driver reaches for a button to reveal them, and explains that nobody's sat back there in a while. You go to fasten your seatbelt, and find yourself asking him to press the button again. As you buckle in for safety, you notice the eject button and one of his radio presets fading from the stereo's front panel.

We're not talking about essential functions like windshield wipers, headlights, or the emergency brake. Let's assume those have been programmed to stay put. The question then becomes, why hasn't everything else?

Isn't it enough that controls be organized intuitively? That they don't get in the way, but you can still find them without taking your eyes off the road? Why would you let someone change any part of that? Why would you demand it?

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