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Spunkier Menus

Friday, November 19th, 2004 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement, Uncategorized

Spunkier Menus

Are your menus a bit sluggish? Well, you’ll be happy to learn that you can speed up their display speed. This trick is most noticeable for sub menus (like on your Programs menu). I didn’t think I’d be that impressed with it when I first tried it, but these faster menus are better! It makes your computer seem a bit faster and more responsive.

Anyhow, in order to do this tip, you’ll need to edit your registry . As such, it automatically falls into the “advanced users” category. If you try this tip, you do so at your own risk. If you completely mess up your computer, don’t even ask for my help. You’ve been warned :-)

Also, if you’re at all unsure of yourself in the registry editing arena, it may be a good idea to back up your registry. Once you’re in the Registry editor, just hit the File menu, Export to make a backup copy.

OK, enough warnings. Hopefully you’re still with me. Here’s how you change your menu display speed:

1. Hit the Start button, Run .

2. Type:



and hit Enter (or click OK if you prefer).

3. Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop


Once you open the Desktop folder, scroll down to the ” MenuShowDelay ” item on the right.

Special Note:

If you don’t see a ” MenuShowDelay ” item, you can make one. Just right-click a blank area in the right hand pane. Select New, String from the resulting menu.


Next, type in:


Exactly as shown. Once that’s done, you can proceed to the next step:

4. Double-click the ” MenuShowDelay ” item and change the value to a lower number (default is 400 or 500 depending on the system). I like 100 myself (enter 0 for instant menus). Oh, those numbers are in milliseconds, in case you were worried about it. Be sure to enter something here if you had to create the value using the special note above!


5. Hit OK , exit the registry editor, and restart your computer .

Once you’re restarted, head to the Start button, Programs . Play around with the sub menus and I think you’ll find they are much more responsive. Keep in mind if your system resources are maxed out – or if the thing is just plain slow – you may not see much improvement.

~ Steve

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