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Get Rid of Annoying Highlights for Newly Installed Programs in Windows 7


How to Stop Windows 7 from Highlighting New Programs in the Start Menu




Have you ever noticed that some programs in your Windows 7 Start menu have a yellow highlight on them? This is a feature that Windows 7 uses to indicate newly installed programs that you have not used yet. It is supposed to help you find them easily and launch them quickly.




Windows 7 Stop Highlighting New Programs


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However, not everyone likes this feature. Some users might find it annoying or distracting, especially if they have many new programs that they do not intend to use frequently. Some users might also prefer a cleaner and more consistent look for their Start menu.


If you are one of those users who want to disable highlighting new programs in Windows 7, you are in luck. There are several methods that you can use to stop this feature from showing up. In this article, we will show you three easy ways to do it. You can choose the one that suits you best.


Method 1: Disable Highlighting New Programs through Start Menu Properties




This is probably the simplest and most straightforward method to disable highlighting new programs in Windows 7. You just need to access the Start menu properties and uncheck a simple option. Here are the steps to follow:


Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar and select Properties




The taskbar is the horizontal bar at the bottom of your screen that shows the Start button, the icons of the programs you are running, and the system tray. Right-click on any empty space on the taskbar and select Properties from the context menu that appears.


Step 2: Click on the Start Menu tab and click Customize




A new window will open with several tabs. Click on the Start Menu tab, which is the first one on the left. You will see two options: Start menu and Classic Start menu. Make sure that Start menu is selected, and then click on the Customize button next to it.


Step 3: Scroll down and uncheck Highlight newly installed programs




A new window will open with a list of options that you can customize for your Start menu. Scroll down until you find the option that says Highlight newly installed programs. It should be checked by default. Uncheck it and click OK.


Step 4: Click OK to save changes




You will be back to the previous window. Click OK to save your changes and close the window. You have successfully disabled highlighting new programs in Windows 7 through Start menu properties.


Method 2: Disable Highlighting New Programs through Registry Editor




If you are comfortable with editing the Windows registry, you can also use this method to disable highlighting new programs in Windows 7. The registry is a database that stores various settings and options for your system and applications. However, you should be careful when modifying the registry, as any mistake can cause serious problems for your computer. Make sure that you backup your registry before making any changes.


Here are the steps to disable highlighting new programs in Windows 7 through Registry Editor:


Step 1: Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys




The Run dialog box is a handy tool that allows you to launch programs, files, folders, or websites by typing their names or paths. To open it, press the Windows key and the R key at the same time on your keyboard.


Step 2: Type regedit and click OK to open Registry Editor




In the Run dialog box, type regedit and click OK or press Enter. This will open Registry Editor, which is a program that allows you to view and edit the registry.


Step 3: Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced




In Registry Editor, you will see a tree-like structure on the left pane that shows different keys and subkeys. You need to navigate to the key that we mentioned above by expanding or collapsing the keys as needed. You can also copy and paste the key into the address bar at the top of Registry Editor and press Enter to go directly to it.


Step 4: Double-click on the Start_NotifyNewApps value and change its data to 0




On the right pane of Registry Editor, you will see different values that correspond to different settings for your system and applications. Look for a value named Start_NotifyNewApps. If you don't see it, you can create it by right-clicking on an empty space on the right pane, selecting New, and then DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it Start_NotifyNewApps and press Enter.


Double-click on the Start_NotifyNewApps value and change its data from 1 to 0. This will disable highlighting new programs in Windows 7 through Registry Editor.


Step 5: Close Registry Editor and restart your computer




Close Registry Editor by clicking on the X button at the top right corner of the window or by selecting File and then Exit from the menu bar. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect. You have successfully disabled highlighting new programs in Windows 7 through Registry Editor. Method 3: Disable Highlighting New Programs through Group Policy Editor




If you are using Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition, you can also use this method to disable highlighting new programs in Windows 7. Group Policy Editor is a program that allows you to configure various policies and settings for your system and applications. However, you should be careful when modifying the group policy, as any mistake can cause serious problems for your computer. Make sure that you backup your group policy before making any changes.


Here are the steps to disable highlighting new programs in Windows 7 through Group Policy Editor:


Step 1: Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys




The Run dialog box is a handy tool that allows you to launch programs, files, folders, or websites by typing their names or paths. To open it, press the Windows key and the R key at the same time on your keyboard.


Step 2: Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open Group Policy Editor




In the Run dialog box, type gpedit.msc and click OK or press Enter. This will open Group Policy Editor, which is a program that allows you to view and edit the group policy.


Step 3: Navigate to the following path: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar




In Group Policy Editor, you will see a tree-like structure on the left pane that shows different categories and subcategories of policies. You need to navigate to the path that we mentioned above by expanding or collapsing the categories as needed. You can also copy and paste the path into the address bar at the top of Group Policy Editor and press Enter to go directly to it.


Step 4: Double-click on the Remove highlighting for new installed programs policy and select Enabled




On the right pane of Group Policy Editor, you will see different policies that correspond to different settings for your system and applications. Look for a policy named Remove highlighting for new installed programs. It should be set to Not Configured by default. Double-click on it and select Enabled from the options. This will disable highlighting new programs in Windows 7 through Group Policy Editor.


Step 5: Click Apply and OK to save changes




Click Apply and OK to save your changes and close the window. You have successfully disabled highlighting new programs in Windows 7 through Group Policy Editor.


Conclusion




In this article, we have shown you three easy ways to stop Windows 7 from highlighting new programs in the Start menu. You can choose the method that suits you best, depending on your preference and edition of Windows 7. By disabling this feature, you can have a cleaner and more consistent look for your Start menu, and avoid being distracted or annoyed by the yellow highlights.


We hope that you have found this article helpful and informative. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you. Also, if you are interested in learning more about Windows 7 tips and tricks, you might want to check out these related articles:


- How to Customize the Start Menu in Windows 7 - How to Pin Programs to the Taskbar in Windows 7 - How to Enable or Disable Aero Peek in Windows 7 FAQs




Q1: How do I remove a specific program from the highlighted list in Windows 7?




A1: If you want to remove a specific program from the highlighted list in Windows 7, you can simply launch it once from the Start menu. This will remove the yellow highlight from it. Alternatively, you can right-click on it and select Remove from this list.


Q2: How do I enable highlighting new programs in Windows 7 if I changed my mind?




A2: If you want to enable highlighting new programs in Windows 7 again, you can reverse the steps that you used to disable it. For example, if you used Method 1, you can go back to Start menu properties and check Highlight newly installed programs again.


Q3: How do I disable highlighting new programs in other versions of Windows?




A3: If you are using other versions of Windows, such as Windows 8, Windows 10, or Windows 11, you can also disable highlighting new programs in similar ways. For example, in Windows 10, you can go to Settings > Personalization > Start and turn off Show recently added apps.


Q4: How do I clear the entire list of recently used programs in Windows 7?




A4: If you want to clear the entire list of recently used programs in Windows 7, you can do so by following these steps:


- Right-click on the taskbar and select Properties - Click on the Start Menu tab and click Customize - Click on the Clear button next to Clear list of recently opened programs - Click OK to save changes This will remove all the programs from the list of recently used programs in the Start menu. However, this will not affect the list of pinned programs, which are the ones that you have manually added to the Start menu or the taskbar.


Q5: How do I customize the number of programs displayed in the Start menu in Windows 7?




A5: If you want to customize the number of programs displayed in the Start menu in Windows 7, you can do so by following these steps:


- Right-click on the taskbar and select Properties - Click on the Start Menu tab and click Customize - Adjust the number next to Number of recent programs to display - Click OK to save changes This will change the number of programs that are shown in the left pane of the Start menu. You can choose any number from 0 to 30. However, this will not affect the number of pinned programs, which are the ones that you have manually added to the Start menu or the taskbar. dcd2dc6462


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