Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile 5.0 “Old Skool” Start Menu

Personally I like the new icons based start menu in Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone, however some people have asked if it’s possible to revert to the old list view. The answer is yes, via a simple registry tweak. For this I’m using the Remote Registry Editor from VS2005. Locate the key


Change the value “GridView” from 1 to 0. The change takes effect immediately when you next open the start menu. As with the large icons view the full 9 items are listed with the more option mapped to the left softkey. This always bugged me with SP2003 especially when a menu had 9 items with the 9th requiring a whole new page. You can change the value back to 1 for the new WM5 experience.

By Peter Foot

Microsoft Windows Development MVP