Is it possible to replace the list of recently used programs with a list of all the files in my downloads folder. The reason is I hardly ever use that list as to access programs I either have them pinned to my taskbar or I just search, and some on my desktop. And I download many files every day, so having a list of downloads in the start menu would be much more useful. I know modifying the start menu is possible as the application Start++ does it.
Not that I know of directly, You can put the actual folder in the pinned items location so it expands, but for a folder in another location, you are limited to a shortcut. However, an alternative you may like is the following:
You should now be able to access all items of the folder with just one click on the arrow.
Lastly, you can actually have the Downloads folder as an item on the right hand side of the Start Menu, For example -
You can do this by