How to Stop Windows 7 From Highlighting Newly Installed Apps

This tutorial shows you how to configure Windows 7 to stop highlighting all of the newly installed programs on your computer.

  1. As you can see in the screenshot below, Windows loves to highlight newly installed programs.
  2. Windows 7 highlighting all of the newly installed apps

  3. I don’t like it when Windows does that, so I disable it. To do so, right-click on any blank space in the Windows taskbar. Select Properties from the pop-up.
  4. the Windows 7 taskbar right-click context menu

  5. Select the Start Menu tab from the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window. Then click the Customize… button.
  6. the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties

  7. Scroll down until you find the item Highlight newly installed programs – and remove the check mark from that box. Click OK to return to the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window, and click OK there as well.
  8. removing check from box to stop windows 7 from highlighting newly installed apps

  9. Now each time you install a new program, Windows won’t highlight its entry in the Start Menu.
  10. the Start Menu with no apps highlighted

Now that you know how to stop Windows 7 from highlighting newly installed programs, perhaps you’d like to install a new theme to further improve the way Windows looks.


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