Speed up Menu responsiveness


By default, there’s a half-second or so delay betweenthe time you move the mouse over a menu item and the time the menu is opened. If you reduce this value, your menus will open much more quickly. There’s another feature that is incidentally affected by this setting. In all releases of Microsoft Windows since Windows 95, all menus “follow” the mouse, which allows you to navigate through menus without having to click repeatedly. The problem with this design is that it can be very difficult to navigate menus unless you’re able to hold your mouse or other pointing device very steadily. Even the smallest unintentional move in the wrong direction can cause the menu you’re using to disappear. This can be even more annoying to those with more sensitive pointing devices, such as touch pads, pens, and other digitizers. This behavior can be completely disabled by increasing the menu open delay to a sufficiently large value:

1. Open the Registry Editor

2. Expand the branches to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.

3. Double-click the MenuShowDelay value. If it’s not there, go to Edit New

String Value and type MenuShowDelay for the name of the new value.

4. The numeric value you enter here is the number of milliseconds (thousandths of a second) Windows will wait before opening a menu. The default is 400 (a little less than half a second). Enter 0 (zero) here to eliminate the delay completely, or a very large value (65534 is the maximum) to disable the automatic opening of menus.

5. Click OK and close the Registry Editor when you’re finished. You may have to log out and then log back in for this change to take effect.

This instructions are tested, but must be used at your own risk.

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