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Q.  I have WIN XP. In earlier versions of windows, I could make a (I guess program group is the right name) program group, for instance "printing and graphics", then I could put all my programs that pertained to printing and graphics into that group. Then when I pushed start / programs I would have to select "printing and graphics" to access say, Print Shop. All printing and graphics programs were in that group. I cannot find how to do that in XP. Now when I press "start" then "all programs" there are so many programs listed, that they will all not display on my screen. I hope this makes sense to you. Can you tell me how to make these groups? Thank you. 

A.  I am the same way.  I have a created a few groups such as Microsoft, Utilities, and Rarely Used.  To create the groups you have to create a new folder in the Start menu's directory structure.

Right-click on the Start button and select the "Explore All Users" (in some circumstances, the option may be just "Explore").  If you want your groups to be seen only by you and not by any other users that may log onto your machine, then use the Windows Explorer window that pops up to find the "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Start Menu" directory (where "user" is the user id you use to log into Windows).  If you don't care whether other users see your groups or not, then just use the directory that is opened with the Windows Explorer window.

Go into the "Programs" directory under the "Start Menu" directory.  Within this directory create as many new folders as you need and name each one after one of your desired groups.  Once you have created each of your groups, move all the directories within the "Start Menu\Programs" directory into the desired group folders that you just created.  Don't worry if you do not see all of the programs that are on the Start Menu, some are in other directories.  Now, bring up the Start Menu and select the "All Programs" option.  If there are still directories that need to be added to the various groups, then click on their icons and drag them into the groups (you may need to hover the mouse of the group for a few seconds to have them open up).  Don't worry about getting the items in alphabetical order, you can do this for each group by right clicking anywhere within that group on the Start Menu and selecting the "Sort By Name" option.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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