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Menu Show Delay Time

How to Speed up Menu Show Delay Time in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
29 Nov 2008
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How to Speed up Menu Show Delay Time in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8


information   Information
This will show you how to change the amount of time it takes for a menu to pop, fade, or slide open when you hover the mouse pointer over it in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

This setting will only affect the user account that you are currently logged on to.

Tip   Tip
The Fade or slide menus into view and Fade out menu items after clicking Visual Effects options will also affect how fast menus open and close. Unchecking these options will help speed it up in addition to doing the steps in this tutorial below.

warning   Warning
If you set the MouseHoverTime setting, then it may override the MenuShowDelay setting in this tutorial.





OPTION ONE
To Change the Menu Show Delay Time using a REG File
1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Have a Fast Menu Show Time
NOTE: This changes the menu show delay time to 20 milliseconds.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Fast_MenuShowDelay.reg

download
3. To Restore the Default Menu Show Time
NOTE: This changes the menu show delay time back to 400 milliseconds.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Default_MenuShowDelay.reg
download
4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

5. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC-Vista_, Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






OPTION TWO
To Change the Menu Show Delay Time in Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

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3. In the right pane of the Desktop key, double click/tap on the MenuShowDelay string value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

4. Type in a number between 0 to 4000 (400 is default) for how many milliseconds you want the Menu to wait before it opens. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The lower the number, the faster the response time. If you use an entry of 0, there is no menu display delay. However it is not recommended to use 0 though since the menus may be hard to navigate through at that speed. 20 is a good number to use.
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5. Click/tap on OK to apply. (See screenshot above)

6. Close regedit.

7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.
That's it,
Shawn




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05 Jun 2009   #1
rachaelo

Windows 7 RC
 
 
Does this work in Windows 7 too?

Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q216445 says this works for Windows NT 4 only. Did you try this on Windows 7 and noticed any difference?

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05 Jun 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Rachaelo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, I have tested it and can verify that it works great in both Vista and Windows 7 with a noticable difference.

Shawn
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05 Oct 2009   #3
TeenerTim

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Works on XP too. Just tried it.
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05 Oct 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Tim for posting back your results. Welcome to Seven Forums.
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29 Oct 2009   #5
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Actually it worked waaay back on NT4.0 and Win98! I used to teach students that trick in A+ PC repair classes I taught.

Everytime I used to do it back then, clients would call me or email me on "How much faster their PC was", and all I did was defrag, disk cleanup, etc, and a few registry tweaks.

This is still one of the best "secrets" out there, but todays HW is so much faster I doubt it is needed like back in the day!
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30 Oct 2009   #6
Lucretius

7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Being able to see All Programs the second I click on the button from the Start Menu is awesome! No more of that domino-like action where the icons display one after another.
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11 Jan 2010   #7
helijack

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I gotta say.......this forum is awesome! I'm new to Windows 7 and this place is a godsend! Thank you so much everyone.

ps: I've been teaching people how to use computers since 1990, was glad XP came along, and now Windows.......without a doubt the best OS yet, IMHO.
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11 Jan 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Helijack, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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30 Jan 2010   #9
subyroo

Dual Boot of WinXP Pro SP3 & Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for jogging the memory bank Brink, I used a lot of recommended regedit changes in XP but forgot about seeing if similar things were available for Windows 7.
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