Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. July 12, 2004
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Faster Menus
When you move the mouse through a Windows NT Workstation 4.0 menu, you'll notice that there is a delay before the submenu opens. There's a purpose for this: You don't expand every submenu that you move past as you scroll through the menu. However, some people would like either more or less delay. You can make this delay as short or as long as you like.

You'll find the key that controls the menu speed at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. The key name is MenuShowDelay, and it accepts entries from 0 (zero) to 65535. Zero represents minimum delay, and 65535 is the maximum delay.

We've generated a REG file that will change the speed for you. To create the file, run Notepad and enter the following exactly as shown:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop] "MenuShowDelay"="0"

Now choose File, Save As and name the file Delay.reg. Locate a folder that you want to use for the file and click Save. The file as shown will set the menu delay to its minimum. If you want to change the delay to something other than the minimum, change the zero to another number. The only way you can really get exactly what you want is to experiment with a variety of values. All you have to do is open the REG file for editing and then change the value. Make sure you always keep the value between the quotation marks. The quotation marks are necessary. Then save the file and run it. Each time you run the file, you'll need to restart the computer (or log on again).