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I would rather have have a bird's-eye view of all my programs than scroll down the programs list. Is there a way to have Windows 7 All Programs list the programs in multiple columns like XP, or did Microsoft remove this capability?

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did Microsoft remove this capability?

Yes, they did, but all is not lost:

Vista Start Menu works with Windows 7

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Also available is the Classic Start Menu (CSMenu) for Windows 7:

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Great answer, as always +1 – Ivo Flipse Jan 25 '10 at 18:00

You can swap your favorites menu item as a programs menu, if you don't really make use of it. Works on Vista and Windows 7.

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very cute! it doesn't make it columns though, if the list is full, you'll have to scroll, and the old check box 'Scroll Programs' is not present in the Vista/7 start menu properties ... any idea how to change that? – Molly7244 Jan 26 '10 at 0:59
Make the DWORD value Start_ScrollPrograms under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced and set it to 0? – John T Jan 26 '10 at 2:03

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