If you have Windows XP, you’ve probably noticed that when you install a new program, XP automatically highlights that program in your Start menu so you can easily find it. It also gives you a little pop up message telling you that you have new programs in your list.

Well, have you ever found those features to be annoying or unnecessary? Do you want to get rid of them? If you do, here’s how. Right click on your bottom taskbar (on any open space) and select Properties. In the next box that appears, choose the Start menu tab and then click Customize. Now you’re going to want to choose the Advanced tab and make sure the box that says “Highlight newly installed programs” is unchecked. Then click OK twice to make the change permanent.

Now, XP won’t bother you when you install a new program on your computer and you can just go about your business!

~ Erin