Start Menu Highlight

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Author: kichik (talk, contrib)

XP's new program highlight

Windows XP has introduced a feature that automatically highlights newly installed programs in the Start Menu. Because it's automatic, there's no API function you need to call or registry value you need to modify to get your program highlighted too.

So how do you get it highlighted? Very simple, add a version information resource to it. If you create a shortcut to an executable with a version resource, it will be highlighted and show a nice balloon informing the user of the new program.

More information about this topic is available at Raymond Chen's blog. It doesn't mention version information which, according to my tests, was the only thing that triggers this. However, he works for Microsoft, so he probably knows better...

--kichik 03:51, 2 December 2005 (PST)

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