Are you looking at ways to customize your Windows XP-based PC? Here is a good way in which you can add a personalized touch to it. Below are the steps that you can use to change the Start menu items to appear as expanded menus on your Windows XP PC. The Start menu is where all your important folders can be easily accessed from. This includes accessing the Control Panel, your music folder, your image folder, and even your documents folder. If this menu is currently displaying all items as simple links, by using the below mentioned steps you could set them to appear as extended menus. This will enable you to view more options, available in a particular folder with much more ease.

The easy step solution to the above issue is as:

1. Right click the ‘Start Menu’ and the click on ‘Properties’.
2. In the Start Menu tab, click on the ‘Customize’ button.
3. Click the ‘Advanced’ tab and to expand the Control Panel for instance, select the ‘Display as a menu’ option under Control Panel then click on ‘OK’.
4. Click ‘OK’ again.


Isn’t it simple? You can use the same steps to also expand the other items available in the list and make them appear as expanded menus too. To check the view of the recently modified menu item (in this case the Control Panel), hover your mouse over the item and see how the entire menu will unfold before you.