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Speed Up Windows: Skip Menu Transitions

Fix Sluggish Windows XP menus

From PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass (O’Reilly Media).

The Annoyance:

I’m primed for a fast PC experience: I have a speedy 3.0 GHz processor with 768MB of RAM on my XP system. But here I am, tapping my fingers, waiting for menus to fade into view.

The Fix:

You want sharp, snappy menus? In Windows 98, Me, and 2000, right-click the desktop, choose Properties, and select the Effects tab. With one click of the mouse, uncheck that confounded “Animate windows, menus and lists” (98) or “Use transition effects for menus and tooltips” (Me and 2000) box. In Windows XP, right-click the desktop, choose Properties, click the Appearance tab, and click the Effects button (see Figure 2-3). Now uncheck the “Use the following transition effect for menus and tooltips” box. Faster now?

Fix Sluggish Windows XP menus
Figure 2-3. How do you get instant relief from sluggish menus in XP? Easy-turn off effects.

cover This material has been adapted from PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass, published by O’Reilly Media, Inc. Copyright O’Reilly Media, Inc., 2005. All rights reserved.

This easy to read, accessible book from PC World expert Steve Bass covers the waterfront of PC gripes and gremlins, with fixes for everything from Windows glitches to browsers that won’t browse. Each fix is served up in bite-sized portions for quick reading–and even quicker fixing. A revised version of its best-selling predecessor, the 2nd edition offers 50 additional pages and over 120 new fixed annoyances.

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