Windows XP Cannot delete some items pinned to Start Menu


M

Michael Nowatney

I currently have four non-existent (deleted) items pinned to my Start menu in
Windows XP: a .txt file, two Word documents, and an Excel spreadsheet. Every
time I right click and select "Remove from This List", nothing happens. If I
click on them, I get "The item you have selected is unavailable ... do you
want to remove it?" and I select Yes and nothing happens. Frequently, when I
click on "Start", I get "Some items cannot be shown. There is not enough
room to show all the items you have added to the start menu..."

How do I get rid of these four items, but continue to display the pinned
items that I do want?
 
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B

Byte

You probably have checked "Pin to Start Menu" checked on these
four items. Uncheck them and they should delete.
 
N

nass

Michael Nowatney said:
I currently have four non-existent (deleted) items pinned to my Start menu in
Windows XP: a .txt file, two Word documents, and an Excel spreadsheet. Every
time I right click and select "Remove from This List", nothing happens. If I
click on them, I get "The item you have selected is unavailable ... do you
want to remove it?" and I select Yes and nothing happens. Frequently, when I
click on "Start", I get "Some items cannot be shown. There is not enough
room to show all the items you have added to the start menu..."

How do I get rid of these four items, but continue to display the pinned
items that I do want?

You can clear the history of the start menu list or Unpin them by right
click and make sure the Pin to start menu is not active.
HTH.
nass
 
M

Michael Nowatney

Thank you for your post. However, Every time I right click and select
"Remove from This List", nothing happens.
 
M

Michael Nowatney

Thank you for your post. However, Every time I right click and select
"Remove from This List", nothing happens.
 
J

JF

*Bonjour Michael Nowatney* !
Every time I right click and select
"Remove from This List", nothing happens.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage
Suppress Favorites value
Restart

Precaution using regedit :
- make a restore point
- export the key before modifying
- best of all : use Erunt www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt
 
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JF

Every time I right click and select
Yes! Yes! That's it! Brilliant!
THANK YOU!
You're welcome.
Thanks for the feedback and have a nice day !
 
N

nass

Hi Michael,
I meant right click the start button and select properties >> Start Menu TabBut Glad Jean did give you a registry Option and it helped.
Good luck.
 
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Re the recommendation from Jean-François (below) could someone please tell me what exactly "Suppress Favorites Value" means? Should I delete the entry, change the Value, etc.? Thank you.


HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage
Suppress Favorites value
Restart
 
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