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Q: 'My recent documents' on Start menu in Windows XP ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: 'My recent documents' on Start menu in Windows XP
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: polarbearems-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 26 Apr 2006 18:04 PDT
Expires: 26 May 2006 18:04 PDT
Question ID: 723167
I'd like to find out simple instructions about how to add a 'My Recent
Documents' button or folder to the Classic Start Menu in Windows XP
Professional. This is for the "Classic Start Menu", not the "Start
Menu". If you answer involves playing with system files or toying with
the registry or installing new programs, I don't want to hear it. I
understand it's incredibly simple in plain "Start Menu" and seems to
be tricky or impossible in "Classic Start Menu". Please ask if more
info or clarifications need to be added. Thanks for your help.

Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 26 Apr 2006 19:53 PDT

I don't have XP Pro, I have 2000, but this is an option which
is easily set in one of the Windows 'Power Toys' called TweakUI
(for Tweak User Interface). Under the IE tab of TweakUI, there's
options to check to Show My Documents on the Start Menu and
Add New Documents to Documents on Start Menu. I'm reasonably
certain that the XP version continues to include this option.

"Tweak UI

 This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not
 exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including
 mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more."

Yeah, it's a "new" program, but it's very small and easy to 
install, and was created by MS engineers. Most people think
of it as a standard extension of the Windows System.

Let me know if this satisfies your's by far
the simplest way to achieve what you're after...


Request for Question Clarification by aht-ga on 26 Apr 2006 22:28 PDT

I am intrigued by your Question, because I usually hear people ask
about the complete opposite: "how do I remove the recent documents
list from the Classic Start Menu?" The standard/default Classic Start
Menu includes a 'Documents' menu that shows all of the recently-access
documents; the only way to *remove* this 'Documents' menu is through
setting a system policy in the Registry. Normally, only a system
administrator would create such a setting.

Is the computer in question administered by you alone, or is it a
computer that is used on a network where someone else administers it
for you? For example, inside a company network or a school network.

If this computer is controlled only by you, have you or anyone else
installed any software that may have removed the 'Documents' menu as a
safety measure against snooping?


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Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 18 May 2006 01:43 PDT
Perhaps you could post a clarification regarding the value
of my response to your question.

A user's guide on this topic is on skermit-ga's site, here: 
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: 'My recent documents' on Start menu in Windows XP
From: jigarmasterblaster-ga on 27 Apr 2006 22:33 PDT
just right click on your taskbar

goto properties 
goto advance
goto customize
check the option "list my recently...."

your'e done.

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