Show me what your speaking of.... Make it look like what you're trying to explain and then hit your PRINT SCRN buttin up top on your keyboard by the Scroll Lock button. Then open PAINT and just paste that into PAINT. Then save it and upload it somewhere like Picturetrail.com or Photobucket.com. Then insert it in a post. Not really sure what you're trying to do from what you've explained so far.
Okay, I'm home now so I grabbed a screenshot from my desktop with XP.
The first one shows how I want the "All Programs" menu to look (XP). The second one shows how the "All Programs" menu is now in Vista (it opens inside the first pane of the start menu - clicking a folder in there will open that in the same place as well).
You can change the behavior and look of your Start menu so that it works best for your specific needs. To change Vista's Start menu, right-click on the Start button and select Properties. When the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box appears, click the Start Menu tab ....The primary options on the Start menu dialog box let you select between the Start menu option and the Classic Start menu option. Unless you or someone else has changed it, the Start menu option will be selected. This allows Vista to display its Start menu to operate in the Vista style of a one-column set of programs, as explained earlier in this chapter. The Classic Start menu changes your Vista menu to perform more like the Windows XP Start menu that cascaded out to the right as you selected from submenus.
Please note that I have already taken all of the obvious steps to solve my issue.
1. I searched through all the customization included in windows, including the start menu properties.
2. I searched through Google trying to find someone else who may have had the same question and maybe found an answer.
3. I came to ask here.
No one seems to know or care how to do it or if it's even possible.
PS. Joshua Gourgues, thanks for the attempts to help me :)
My main qualm with the new start menu is the little window area is so small that as soon as I start expanding one or two folders, I have to start scrolling way too much to see what I'm doing. So I went and expanded the start menu to show more items at a time (essentially 3X as many). This way even though the start menu items still appear in the one little pane, the pane is much taller which lets me see all of my programs at once.
Yet another example of microsoft saying "you pretty much have to" when really it should not be the user that conforms to the OS but rather the OS that conforms to the user and does what the user wants and if it was not for irritating little things like DirectX 10 and later versions of office not being compadible with the pevious. i would say stick with XP if thats what works for you but sadly these things add up and make it impossible not too and therefore means that once again we have to learn a new OS.