Ahh, that explains a lot about the menu not loading then!
As for your suggestion about going through the security setup on xampp, there wasn't one, and having looked through the menus, I can't see anything to do with changing security within xampp. I simply downloaded the software from apachefriends.org, dragged it into my applications folder and then double clicked the xampp control.app which launched a window instructing me where to place my files, and it also gave me the start / stop controller.
Should I be looking elsewhere for the security options to make the desired changes?
Thanks for your reply