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How do I mark all items in the Start Menu as "not new"?

There are a half-dozen programs in my start menu (at least) that aren't really that new but it thinks they are because I "haven't used them yet". How can I fix this?

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+1 Good question – Raystafarian Feb 11 '12 at 13:23
up vote 16 down vote accepted

Stop Highlighting Newly Installed Programs

As with earlier versions of Windows, the Windows 7 Start Menu highlights the names of newly-installed software. This way it makes it easier to find these applications, assuming that if you install an application you plan on using it soon.

If you wish to disable this behavior, do the following:

  1. Right-click an empty area of the taskbar and choose "Properties".

  2. The "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears. Click the "Start Menu" tab.

  3. Click the "Customize" button.

  4. The "Customize Start Menu" dialog box appears. Scroll down and uncheck "Highlight newly installed programs".

  5. Click "OK" on the dialog boxes to close them.

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I think that fixed it thanks! now i just have to figure out why my start menu icons aren't loading now... – RCIX Aug 2 '09 at 17:35

You can just use every item at least once and they will not appear as new any more. If you have only six or seven items, this is the easiest solution.

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I actually think that i have a lot more than that (Thanks, windows SDK...), so this isnt always feasible. – RCIX Aug 2 '09 at 17:34
Half-dozen is exactly six, isn't it? ;-) – Ludwig Weinzierl Aug 2 '09 at 18:01

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