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Start Menu tips in windows 7

Start Menu tips Many people overlook the Start Menu, rarely using it except as a jumping off point to run an application or get to the Control Panel. But there's actually plenty you can do with it.
Search the Internet from the Start Menu Note: This tip relies on the Group Policy Editor, which isn't available in some versions of Windows 7. Thus, this tip will not work if you have the Home Premium, Starter, or Home Basic editions of Windows 7.
The Start Menu's search box is a convenient way to search through your PC -- but you can also have it do double-duty and perform Internet searches as well. To enable this feature:

1. In the Start Menu search box, type GPEDIT.MSC and press Enter to run the Group Policy Editor.

2. Go to User Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Start Menu and Taskbar.

3. Double-click "Add Search Internet link to Start Menu," and from the screen that appears, select Enabled. Then click OK and close the Group Policy Editor.

4. From now on, when you type a search term in the Search box on the Start Menu, a "Search the Internet" link will appear. Click the link to launch the search in your default browser with your default search engine.

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I can't scroll down my java applications


First go to your control panel under the start menu and find the Java application. Once open, go to the update tab and click the 'Update Now' button.

After the update is complete, go back to the control panel under the start menu and open the 'Add or Remove Programs' application. Sort the list alphabetically if it is not already and check your java installations. If there is more than one version installed, remove all versions except the newest version.

Next, after checking java installations, go back to the 'Java' application in the control panel under the start menu. On the 'General' tab, click the 'Settings...' button. Click the 'Delete Files' button and confirm the deletion of 'Application and Applets' and 'Trace and Log Files'.

Lastly, in whichever browser you are using, clear all temporary internet files and cookies and close all windows for the browser. Once the browser is restarted, retest your issue.

This fixes most issues that I have run into using Java based applications.

Regards,
Dan

IT Professional

May 04, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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