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How to Alphabetize the Start Menu?

Windows 98 lets you manually organize your Start Menu/Programs list any way you'd like, but that nifty feature has an annoying side effect: Windows 98 adds new items to your Start Menu/Programs list in the order you install new software, not alphabetically, as in Windows 95.

Edit Your Registry -- Be very careful
To reset the OS to list items alphabetically under the first edition of Windows 98, you'll have to edit the Registry, Windows' core database of system settings. First, select Start/Run and type regedit in the box. Click OK. The Registry Editor will appear. Double-click your way to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrent Version ExplorerMenu OrderStart MenuMenu. Then, in the right-hand pane, right-click Order and select Delete. Click Yes in the confirmation box that appears, close the editor, and restart Windows. Your apps should now appear in alphabetical order on the Start menu.

If you have Internet Explorer 5.0 installed, or if you're running Windows 98 SE, it's easier to alphabetize the Start menu. Just click Start, move the mouse cursor over Programs, then slide the pointer over an item on the list. Right-click and select Sort By Name from the pop-up menu.

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