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I know I can change the height of the Windows 7 Start Menu so that includes more or fewer recently used apps, etc.

But I have a netbook with a tiny screen that I plug into a decent sized LCD most of the time at home.

Is there a way to get Win7 to use a taller Start menu with more items when I'm using the LCD and a shorter Start menu with fewer items when using the netbook's built in screen?

(I'm a programmer so capable of technical solutions if there's no ready-made solution.)

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When you change the 2 Start menu size values here:


What changes are these 2 values:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


You can simply create .REG files or even batch files that use the reg command to change the values as required.

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I can certainly make my own little tool by combining the details @magicandre1981 provided in his answer about the resolution change even with the details you've provided about the registry keys - thanks. – hippietrail Dec 18 '12 at 5:40
You're welcome, and maybe you can share the app and source on GitHub or elsewhere and add the link here. (BTW, I used Process Monitor to locate the reg keys. Fantastic utility as are all the rest in the SysInternals suite - never leave home without 'em! :) – Karan Dec 18 '12 at 5:58
Looking into programming languages right now (-; – hippietrail Dec 18 '12 at 6:02
I thought you had everything at hand! If you're gonna go to the trouble of looking into programming languages, identifying one, downloading the compiler/tool chain and then hacking something together, why not simply create batch files and shortcuts? Of course, it's always fun to do these little projects, so you might want to check out .NET/C# for this, along with the Visual Studio Express programs. – Karan Dec 18 '12 at 6:13
Basically I haven't fiddled with this stuff since the plain C Win32 API was most used. Since those days I was mostly in Perl then JavaScript due to my interest in cross-platform projects. Now I have to see if I should take up C# or if it's still possible in C... or even an excuse to teach myself some node.js or Python if they are up to such low-level shenanigans (-: – hippietrail Dec 18 '12 at 6:24

Create your own tool which handles the screen resolution change and changes the amount of displayed recent items in the registry with your tool.

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Do you know what bits of the registry would be relevant and if changes would be reflected immediately? – hippietrail Dec 18 '12 at 5:21
I don't know the key, but use to monitor the Explorer.exe, make the changes in the UI and the Tool tells you which keys were modified. – magicandre1981 Dec 18 '12 at 5:24

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