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 pin programs to the left part of the Start menu?

I want to pin programs to the left part of the Start menu, under the username, the same way as it worked in Windows 7. The area is completely empty (normally it would house the most used programs, but ...
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Windows 10 puts my first and last name to lock screen. How to avoid this?

After upgrading to Windows 10, I see my LastName and FirstName on the lock screen. Is there a way to change this? On Windows 8.1 there was just my nickname and email address (maybe there were my first ...
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Can I enable the Windows 7 Start menu in Windows 10?

I've upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and now I only find this new slower Start menu with all the tiles in it (picturesource: http://szamtechnikus.hu) Can I enable the older Windows 7 one ...
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Customize predefined entries in Windows Start Menu

I would like to add some custom entries to Windows XP / Vista / 7 Start Menu and place it between predefined options like: "Help and Support" and "Run" so that user cannot delete or move those ...
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Renaming a start menu Item in Windows 10

In Windows 10, how can I rename a Start Menu Item? In Windows 7, I could click on the start menu, then right-click on "All Program" and I would get a menu that popped up saying "Open All Users" and ...
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What cause all my windows software menu drop from the right side

I have Windows 7 I have just install it into my PC. I realized That all menus in all software and the quick launch menu start appear in the very left position, and some software like Adobe lightroom ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu alarm center, and Cortana is not working

I have no idea what is going on with my computer, but I can't open up my start menu, and the message center(or the alarm center). I've tried restarting Windows Explorer, but it did not work for me. ...
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Windows Keyboard Button Issue

Windows 8.1 Samsung ATVI Book 6 I am having an issue with my Win Key. Whenever it is pressed / held down it toggles on and off the Start Menu (Tiles). I noticed that messing around with the Filtering ...
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Windows 8.1 start menu / recent apps visual bug?

I just switched to Windows 8.1 and I noticed, that when I bring the cursor in the bottom left corner on the start screen and hover to show the start button then grey lines show in the upper left ...
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Strange Characters in Windows 8

A PC of a friend of mine just start to showing this strange characters and I don't know what to do. It's just like this: He can't do anything because from time to time (like seconds) the start menu ...
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How to customise search bar in start menu of Windows 10 Insider Preview?

By default, Windows 10 performs search in my programs, my folders, settings and Web. How I can customise these? I don't want to use Web. It consume my internet traffic, and it is a reason for the ...
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Windows 10 Build 10122 Live Tiles Disabled

As you can see the majority of my "live" tiles are disabled. I click, and nothing happens. At first I thought it was automatically downloading them, but after some time nothing changes. The rest of ...
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Run as administrator icon keeps flickering and is stuck via StartMenu8

I installed SmartMenu8 v2 from IObit in Windows 8.1 64bit. When I select All Programs > some program > right click > Run as Administrator, the administrator icon appears in the taskbar but keeps ...
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Windows 7 no start menu folder in app data - user pinned

I'm trying to resolve the problem detailed here: Pin to taskbar icon gets (2) appended It was all going well until I got here C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick ...
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text not showing in windows 7, start button not working [duplicate]

i'm facing some problems in windows7 such as: in desktop i can see the icons, but there is no text under them.(i can click on them and launch/open them) when right click from mouse, there is no ...
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Windows start/jump bar icons are too small

I just installed windows 10 and everything looks fine and nicely scaled, except for the jump bar. The icons don't fill the complete height of the bar, and look a bit lost... Any idea how to fix ...
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How to add a folder entry to right-hand-side of start menu?

I would like to know whether on Windows 7 it is possible to add a folder (e.g. the Downloads folder) just beneath some other entry below the logged-in user's name (John as in the below image):
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Toshiba windows 7 laptop, all icons the same [duplicate]

all desktop icons the same and when I try to open it says this action is valid for products that are already installed. when I enter regedit in the search it says the same thing so i can't even fix it ...
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Installed app's link has disappeared from Start -> Apps menu and does not pin to Start menu. How to get it back?

On Windows 8.1 I installed Visual Studio 2013. After installation in the following folder: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Visual Studio 2013 the following link files appeared: ...
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?Can we add a searchbar in start menu in windows 8.1?

My question is simple. I just wanted to add the windows search bar in start menu. I dont want the two clicks to open the search bar. I just want to see it on one click. Can you please tell me if it is ...
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“Pin to Start Menu” option is unavailable to one program, but is available to others, in windows 7

I want to pin a program to the start menu, but the option "Pin to Start Menu" is not available when right clicking the link to the program. The option is available when right-clicking other programs. ...
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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 ...