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Keep Start Menu From Closing After Opening Applications.

If you want to open more than one application without having to navigate through the whole start menu again, you can use a little-known trick to keep the start menu open after you click on an item.

Just hold down the shift key while you click on an item under the All Programs group, and you'll notice the start menu stays up while the application loads in back of it… notice how the notepad window has focus.

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There are a few caveats:

bulletThis only works on the All Programs menu if you are using the XP-style menu in XP.
bulletThis doesn't work at all with the Vista-style start menu.
bulletWorks perfectly if you are using the Classic Start menu in either Vista or XP.
bulletSome applications will demand focus and make it close anyway.
 


            
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