The Start Menu is the Windows menu introduced in Windows 95 as the default gateway to installed applications and the operating system.

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How to start a program using the keyboard when task bar isn't at the bottom?

I just noticed that whenever the task bar (the thing where Win and the clock reside isn't at the bottom (I prefer to keep it at the top or to the right), I can't type in the name of the program that I ...
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Disable Start Menu background blur

I want to remove the blur effect pictured below from the start menu. I have already found solutions for window frames and the taskbar, yet the start menu remains unaffected. How would I go about doing ...
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Windows 8.1: Editing and refreshing items in the Apps view

Apps view of the Windows 8.1 start screen maps from the following folders: shell:common start menu\programs (affects all users) shell:start menu\programs (affects current user) ...
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Where are application folders in Windows 8.1 main menu?

How to find application if you don't know it's name in Windows 8? It was entity (application folders) in earlier version of Windows, which was lesser in count than total number of programs in menu. ...
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Recent Items tab doesn't remove old shortcuts

I have the Recent Items tab pinned to the Start menu, but I have noticed some odd behavior. When the folder is empty, new items I open get added to the list in alphabetical order, as it should. Once ...
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How can I completely remove the Windows 7 start menu user picture? [duplicate]

How can I remove this picture: I've tried this without any luck.
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My application icons dissapeared after restoring (from backup), how to get them back?

My laptop harddisk crashed. However, since I use a backup solution (HP Autonomy), I managed to restore most of the documents and files that had been backed up, after reinstalling the operating system, ...
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How to pin Visual Studio 2013 projects to start menu tasks

I am using Windows 7 I have pinned Google Chrome to my start menu and I can see a right arrow near the icon. When hovering on it I can see tasks as new window and new incognito window. Likewise I ...
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Open Windows Start Menu with a batch file?

Is it possible to create a batch file that will open the Windows Start Menu? I have been digging around in the Windows Registry, have searching the Internet, and just tried making things up as I go. ...
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How do I add tasks for cmd.exe in Start Menu?

How do I add some custom tasks for cmd.exe in Start Menu?
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Disappering tray icons in Windows 8.1

I've noted that the battery indicator on my laptop for starter, changes it status to "Show only messages" while I frequently change it to "Show icon and messages". E.g. I have to click to expand the ...
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Can't click start button

On Windows 8.1 sometimes I can't click the Windows button. Nothing happens. Does anyone know what causes this or why it happens? Last time this happened I was running Outlook, Firefox and Vmware. I ...
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Search for applications in Linux Mint start menu when the application category is not displayed

Is there a way to have the Linux Mint (Cinnamon 17) start menu search return applications without the category they would appear under being displayed? E.g. return Octave when 'Octave' is searched ...
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Right click context menu on Windows 7 start menu shows up but does nothing

I have a new Windows 7 box and I'm seeing some weird behaviour in the Start Menu. The menu itself looks fine: there are Recent Items and Pinned Items. If I left click on any item it opens as ...
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How to edit the applications listed in the Windows 10 Start menu

I'm using the Windows 10 Technical Preview with the Start menu. When you access the All Apps section of the menu, some of my programs are listed and some aren't, some programs remain there after I ...
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How to put “My Documents” folder link in main menu in Windows 7?

Don't remember exactly, but found, that main menu on my old Windows 7 computer contains link to "Documents" library, containing strange representation (all entries looks grouped by type and no way to ...
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Windows 7 Classic Shell submenu vertical-alignment

I'm not a fan of the CSS equivalent of vertical-align: top; for folders in the start menu. I'm using Classic Shell on Windows 7 64 bit. I want the bottom of the start menu to appear at the bottom of ...
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Windows 8.1 custom default start menu layout does not include shortcut

I have a custom default layout for my Windows 8.1 start menu. It works about how I want. However, one item is missing. I need to include a shortcut to a network share on the start menu. Including this ...
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Set Icons for Start Menu Folders in Windows 7

In Windows XP, you could assign icons to the sub folders in the Start Menu. I loved this feature because I'm a very visual person and recognizing an icon is much faster for me than reading a sub ...
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How to make a specific program not show up on start menu

I would like certain programs to never show up on the Windows 7 start menu. I can remove them from the start menu just fine, but then when I run them, they show up again. If I right click the windows ...
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Location of windows command script in the pinned directory

I have a shortcut of type windows command script and a shortcut of type application. When I pin the shortcut of type application in the startmenu, a Icon is created for the same in the folder: ...
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How to Edit the Windows 8.1 Start Screen for all users (removing defaults / adding a non-installer programs)

I am trying to do two things in Windows 8.1: Add a new program to the Start Menu of all users. This is an app that was added without using an installer (Eclipse). Remove defaults that are part of ...
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Delay to search Windows 7 Start Menu

I have a Windows 7 desktop with multiple hard drives. My main drive is an SSD while the secondary drives are standard HDD. After not using the computer for >15 minutes I will: 1. Tap the space bar ...
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How to add LINKs( not shortcuts ) in start Windows 7

I coudnt find a way to add a custom links in start menu, I only managed to insert some default links as: My Computer, Control Panel etc. I want to add my own links to the Start menu, is this ...
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Cannot edit start menu links

Any changes to this folder c:\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\ have no effect in the start menu Shortcuts that I copy there manually ...
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Add a custom category to the “All Apps” part of Windows 8's Start Menu

How do I add a custom category to the "All Apps" part of the Windows 8 Start Menu? I've tried simply adding a folder to both C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start ...
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Diagnosing Windows 7 Start Menu search delay

When I enter a search term into my WIndows 7 Start Menu search bar, it invariably takes 20 seconds before returning any results. I don't understand why this is taking so long. What can I make the ...
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Most common locations for shortcuts on Windows (Start Menu, Desktop, Quick Launch…)

I'm searching for the most common locations for a user's shortcuts, that are quickly accessible, like the Desktop, Start Menu and Quick Launch. This should work from XP on through to 8.1. I'm ...
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Where are the Windows Start Menu settings stored?

When installing windows on a new PC, it's kind of annoying to go through all the start menu options and update them with sane (in my opinion) options either from a screenshot or from another machine ...
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How to disable the Start menu hot corner (bottom-left) in Windows 8

In Windows 8/8.1, when you mouse to the bottom-left corner of a screen, the Start Menu hint appears, even if you are on a monitor without a taskbar, or in a fullscreen application. How do you disable ...
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Registry Key Controlling Start Button in Windows 8.1?

This is related to How to hide “Start” button in Windows 8.1?. I've got the useless, castrated, Microsoft provided start menu next to a 3rd party start menu. I'd like to remove Microsoft's useless, ...
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How to remove StartIsBack without access to system?

StartIsBack made my system unusable (start menu is constantly flashing, can't access anything). Therefore, I can't remove this program via uninstall. How can I remove it from system files via other ...
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Pin items or folders to Windows 7 Start Menu with shortcuts in a submenu?

I love pinning shortcuts to my Start Menu in Windows 7. Submenus, like when you hover over Photoshop and see recent docs -or- Firefox and see launch options, seem like a great way to show grouped ...
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Is there a way to modify the Windows 8.1 right-click start menu?

Is there a way to modify the Windows 8.1/Server 2012R2 Win+X context menu? All my research eventually leads to this tool: Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 8 However I'd rather not use this ...
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Start menu icons move - Windows 8.1

I have the icons on my start menu set to the smallest size, and in a particular order. When I start my machine and login, the order has changed. I have been unable to recreate this issue when shutting ...
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Windows key not bringing up start menu

As the title specifies, my windows key does not open my start menu at the moment. windows+tab does the cascading tabbing of applications, windows+e opens explorer, windows+t loops through my task bar, ...
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Why does my Start Menu freeze when I open Toad?

I've been having this problem for a while now, but I'm not sure when it started. On my work PC I am running Windows 7 Professional as an admin user. I have Toad for Oracle 9.5.0.31 installed and it ...
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All application disappeared in windows 8 start menu

I had problems lunching windows 8, every time i start the PC, it hands in the Start menu, and i can't do anything (Open desktop or any other application), so i booted in linux, and i cleared the ...
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Wipe out and recreate XP Mode start menu entries in Windows 7

Windows XP Mode start menu entries are duplicated into the Windows 7 start menu. I removed and rearranged the entries somewhat in XP Mode. They're still showing up in Windows 7 start menu. I would ...
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Start and Charm Bar don't work sometime

I am using window 8.1 pro 32bit. For a couple of weeks, I have encountered some problems with the Start button and Charm bar. Generally, when I put mouse on Start button, it turns black and then I can ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu: Height does not adapt

Since a couple of days my start menu has a big blank space and just does not collapse. I played around with Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu as well as Number of recent ...
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Missing Items from Start Menu

I used to be able to search/open items from my start menu, but recently items have gone "missing". Example: I used to be able to hit the start menu, type "iis" and the top item would be iis manager ...
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Start button doesn't work anymore

I'm using Windows 8.1. I don't know why, but the start button doesn't work properly anymore. In order to open the Start screen I have to use the keyboard shortcut, which is really annoying me. For ...
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Win 8.1: How to get “All Programs” menu?

Applications designed for operating systems prior to Windows 8.1 (eg. XP, Win 7) will often create folders and shortcuts in Programs or All Programs from the Start menu. How can you access these ...
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Windows 8 start menu tile labels disappeared

I had Windows 8 32 bit, when I installed Windows 8 64 bit, this happened! The labels from the start menu tiles disappeared! I have installed the latest graphic card driver for 64 bit from nVidia. But ...
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Start button, charms bar not working after registry clean

I used Advanced System Optimizer in Windows 8.1 to do a system scan, clean registry, defragment disk etc. Now start button and the button on bottom right that shows the desktop doesn't do anything ...
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Search just the apps in Windows 8.1

Is there a way to search just the applications installed in Windows 8.1? In Windows 8 I could do this but the 8.1 search is much wider scoped. I can do things like press Win+W to search settings but ...
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Taskbar freezes, can't restart explorer.exe

My taskbar occasionally freezes, also, if I end explorer.exe via Task Manager it doesn't seem to restart, it's just gone. How can I fix this? Edit: I noticed this usually happens when I lock my ...
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Windows 8.1 new apps on start menu

I want to get icons of the new installed apps directly on my start screen. I don't like to pin every app to my start screen before it's easy to access it. Does someone know how I can do that in ...
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How do I lock scrolling to left and right in the Apps view in Windows 8.1 Start Menu?

At some point in the past I had my start screen set up so that when I hit the Windows Key and go to the Apps view, I could scroll freely with my mouse wheel and it would only bring me left and right ...