Enable Windows XP Style Cascading “All Programs” List in Windows Vista and 7 Start Menu
When Windows Vista was released by Microsoft, lots of people complained about new Start Menu functionality. The main complaint was the change in display of "All Programs" list in Start Menu.
In Windows XP, the "All Programs" list was used to show as a drop-out list which provided users more space to browse through programs list but Microsoft changed this behavior in Windows Vista and the "All Programs" list started showing inside the Start Menu and people found it difficult to browse through programs list in that small space of Start Menu.
The same functionality was carried forward to Windows 7 Start Menu.
Today in this article, we are going to share an excellent and popular freeware which can bring back Windows XP style cascading "All Programs" list in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Start Menu.
We all know about awesome "Classic Shell" software which is a freeware for Windows Vista, 7 and 8. The main use of Classic Shell is to bring back the Classic Start Menu and Classic Windows Explorer features in Windows Vista, 7 and 8.
But did you know this software can also bring back cascading "All Programs" list in Windows Vista and 7 Start Menu? Yes. Its a small and overlooked feature of Classic Shell.
If you don't want to get Classic Start Menu in Windows Vista and 7 using Classic Shell but want to get XP style cascading "All Programs" list, just follow these simple steps:
1. First download and install Classic Shell using following link:
2. After installing, it'll automatically replace default Start Menu with Classic Start Menu. To get default Start Menu back, right-click on Start button and select Settings option.
3. Now select "Windows Start Menu" option in "Left Click opens" section as shown in following screenshot:
It'll re-enable default Start Menu for left-click. You can also do the same for "Windows Key opens" section.
4. Now we need to enable cascading feature for "All Programs" list.
Go to "Windows Start Menu" tab and enable "Cascading All Programs menu" option as shown in following screenshot:
5. That's it. It'll immediately enable Windows XP style cascading "All Programs" list in Windows Vista and 7 Start Menu and when you'll click on "All Programs" link in Start Menu, it'll open programs list as a drop-out list as shown in following screenshot:
6. If you want, you can also change the style of cascading "All Programs" list. Again open Classic Start Menu settings window, go to "All Programs Skin" tab and select any desired skin given in the list.
We selected "Smoked Glass" skin while testing this feature in our system and we got an excellent look of "All Programs" list after changing the skin. Following is a screenshot of the new look of "All Programs" list in action:
If you want Windows XP style cascading "All Programs" list in Windows Vista or Windows 7, this freeware is a must have for you.
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