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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Open the start menu using Powershell

Am currently working on a business process automation software and literally user actions are simulated by robots. I need to pass some information to the start menu of my windows 7 and i was wondering ...
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why are my icons red?

I have two Windows 10 computers. Here's the Start menu from one of them (which came with Windows 10 pre-installed): And here's the screenshot from the other (which had Windows 8.1 pre-installed and ...
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How do I fix Google Chrome's large icon in its Windows 10 Start Menu tile?

When I pin Google Chrome to the Start Menu, the browser's icon is unusually large. This is the first time I pinned Chrome to the Start Menu after a few months and it wasn't like this before. It used ...
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Can't launch apps from windows 10 start menu search results

I've been having all sorts of problems with the start menu on my Windows 10 Pro 64 system. A week or so ago my start menu stopped launching. I followed all the guides to fix that. In the end I ...
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Disable command parameters for 'commands' or exe's in Start Menu search?

This is a bit complicated so bear with me: Basically, the Windows 7/10 Start Menu search includes results from executable in the PATH environment variable and the App Paths registry key ...
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Start button on Windows 10 doesn't work and Microsoft Edge icon invisible

My Windows 10 computer recently got a problem and I don't know how. The first thing I noticed when I turned it on about a month ago was that the Microsoft Edge button was invisible. Later I saw that I ...
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How to remove all the tiles in the Windows 10 start menu?

A common problem I have is that I have a new PC that I'll be using for a while. And pretty much every Windows 10 PC I've used (even work PCs) have a ton of junk I don't want in the start menu in the ...
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Can't access Startup items folder from Run window in Windows-7

I experienced this issue today: I could open the Start Menu folder by following this workflow: click the Start button -> right clicking "All Programs" and then select "Open All Users". However, when ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu Custom Icons Not Returned As Search Result

When I add a custom icon to the Start Menu in my Windows 10, I can't get that icon returned as a result from the Start Menu search field. My preferred mode of using windows is to hit the Windows key, ...
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Hover over Start button to open Start Menu

How can I change some settings or modify windows in registry to open the start menu when I hover over the button? I'm using windows 10 for this to work.
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Windows 10: Start menu right-click is broken

I clean installed Windows 10 Pro today and upgraded to Education edition(because that's the licence I had). However, after a while of installing a few programs I need, something happened to the start ...
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Windows 10 ShellExperienceHost crashes

I recently cloned my Windows 10 partition from HDD to SSD. I cannot open the Start Menu, Notifications, or anything that uses ShellExperienceHost. This includes things like the Calculator app, Edge ...
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Can I rename “All apps” on Windows 10 back to “Accessories”?

I still get confused when accessing Start: "all apps" is not an obvious place to look for my programs, especially when it's at the bottom and I'm used to it being at the top - so usually, I click File ...
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How can multiple tiles be removed at once, or by group, from the Start Menu?

The vast majority of the default Windows 10 start menu tiles (on the right side) are not needed. To remove them requires selecting each one and choosing Unpin from Start. (this is an image for ...
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Start Button won't show Start Menu on Windows 10

I am not sure what started this, but my start button, when pressed won't show the start menu button. The start menu also won't show when pressing on the windows button. This issue also affects some ...
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How to automatically remove all pinned items from Windows 10 automatically

So I am currently trying to remove all of the pinned items on a windows 10 machine automatically. (Without right clicking them all and doing "Unpin from start") I want to be able to run a command (or ...
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Few shortcuts and start button become unresponsive for a few seconds after startup

Right after Windows (8.1) starts, I'm able to open folders using the shortcuts I set up in an AHK script, for two to three seconds. But then, few keys become unresponsive: the start button the ...
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Windows 10 does not find any/most desktop apps

I have Windows 10 installed and from what I can tell, everything is working fine. The issue I have is with my start menu. If I press the windows key and start typing "Calcul" or even the full word ...
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Graphical oddities in Start menu, Action Center

I have been seeing graphical oddities in both the Start menu and notifications in the Action Center. Namely, all interactive objects are darker than normal, and mousing over them further darkens them: ...
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Problems with windows 10 start menu, task bar, system icons

All task bar icons have disappeared and only the the windows icon (which also doesn't work) and action center are left. Windows icon will not open start menu or show the shorthand version on right ...
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Windows 10 Taskbar / Cortana / Start Menu do not work after some time after restarting pc

I have Windows 10 and I am encountering a consistent problem with the start menu, taskbar and cortana that prevent clicking on either start menu or cortana, or right clicking on icons in the taskbar. ...
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Windows 7 etc.: where do items in the “Search programs and files” box come from?

NB this question Windows 7 Start Menu: "Search programs and files" is only asking about the order of these items. First point: I am a mouse-hater. I am not interested either in bringing up ...
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Is it possible to move “All apps” to the top of the Windows 10 start menu?

When the start menu is in a vertical position (e.g. left edge), the Start Menu button is on the top (and can't be moved from there). Clicking it causes the start menu to open (as expected) but then ...
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Windows 10 taskbar/start menu problems Version: 10.0.10586 Build 10586

I always had this problem and I thought clean reinstall would fix it, but that isn't the case. I reinstalled windows 10 x64 yesterday and today I'm already facing the same issue.This doesn't always ...
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Windows 10 start-menu/taskbar/desktop issue

I'm not sure if this was caused by a random string of keystrokes I entered or what, but my start menu and taskbar now look kind of strange: I had pretty much the default before. As you can see, all ...
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Is it possible to keep Windows start menu search from accessing the internet?

I have just set up a new PC with a fresh installation of Windows 10. The PC is connected to my company's network, and must make use of a proxy server to connect to the internet, because of company ...
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How do I disable “Highlight new programs” in Windows 10 start menu?

How do I disable highlighting of new programs in Windows 10? Here's what I'm talking about: What an eyesore. It's annoying to have to click on each one to get rid of the "New" label, especially ...
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Windows 7 Windows Update shortcut in Start/All Programs missing (deleted)

I have deleted the Windows Update Shortcut found in the All Programs list. I would like to reinstall it, but cannot seem to find the correct method. Any assistance will be sincerely appreciated! Thank ...
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Windows 10 - Can't open apps I search for in the start menu

I had a massive issue where my start menu wouldn't load at all but I fixed that by creating a new user account. The start menu works it's just when I search for something I can't actually click the ...
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Windows 7 keeps highlighting a particular item in start menu

Windows 7 highlights newly installed items in start menu. When I click/run the newly installed item from the start menu, windows removes the highlight. I am fine with this behavior. But sometimes ...
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Windows 10 start menu - official apps showing as blank buttons

Like many others I've run into the "taskbar stops working" issue. And, while that issue is still not fixed, during an attempt to fix the problem - more stuff got broken. I've run the following ...
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Windows 10 Disable WinX GPO

Is there a way to disable right click on the START BUTTON that the Admin Options don't appear? With GPO? I could delete all the Shortcuts in this Folders, but I want to know if there is an other way. ...
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Windows 10 hide and disable Settings in Start Menu

I would like to hide the Settings-Button in the Windows 10 Start Menu with GPO's, but I cant find the Option to do this. Also I want to prevent accessing Settings (NOT the Control Panel) generally, ...
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Clicking anything in Start menu crashes Explorer [closed]

Whenever I try clicking a link in Start Menu (both the list of frequently used apps you see when you just open the menu and the All Programs folder) Explorer crashes and restarts. Data that might or ...
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Changing the keymapping to the Left Windows Key to open a program

I've been looking around online and can't seem to find a solid answer on this. I would like to change the way my left windows acts. I really dislike the way Windows 8 has the menu structure. I like ...
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windows 10 start menu not launching

I have an HP desktop computer running windows 10 which has stopped showing the start menu after automatic updates were installed. When clicking on the windows logo, or tapping the windows key on the ...
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Start menu and “action center” cannot be opened in Windows 10

After about 2 months from updrading from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 I am having weird issues: When I click Windows icon, nothing happenes - Windows menu is not opened. The same happens when ...
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Windows 10 start menu missing certain types of shortcuts

I created my own shortcuts to a couple of HTML Help documents, and placed the shortcuts into my Start Menu folder here: C:\Users\Misha\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs However, ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu Not Closing When Starting Programs

A strange problem with my start menu has appeared recently. Whenever I click on a tile or search result to start a program, the start menu stays open after I have clicked on it, rather than closing ...
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Windows 10 start menu item name missing

Can somebody tell me why my settings menu looks like a bunch of weird text. Please tell how can I fix this.
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Windows 10: Recently used apps in start menu?

In Windows 10, how can you list recently used apps in the start menu? In Windows 7, recently used (and frequently used) apps would appear automatically.
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How to tell start menu search in Windows 10 what to search

I like the start menu search as a way to quickly launch software. By default it will find applications which added a link to the start menu. I also found out that it will search the desktop as well, ...
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I can't unpin or remove a program from the start menu

Recently i installed the November Update for Windows 10, but suddendly i relized that i can't remove Sublime text from start menu, no contextual menu is displayed. exists any way to remove manually ...
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Win10 Jump List Missing Pinned & Frequent Files

The "File Explorer" object in my Win10 Start Menu no longer displays Pinned and Recent files and folders in its Jump List. I couldn't say what exactly caused the behaviour, but it's happened on ...
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Windows 10 start menu shortcuts in wrong letter group

Windows 10 start menu shows all installed apps grouped by letter. After changing some shortcut names from "JetBrains PhpStorm 10.0.3" to "PhpStorm" or "GeForce Experience" to "NVIDIA GeForce ...
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Windows 10 - Recreating Change to Start Menu to allow Recent Files in Tiles

Awhile back I was messing around with some of the setting in Windows 10 (mostly registry hacks) to customize everything, and I did something to make the Context Menu on my Taskbar and Start Menu ...
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Closing start menu switches out of fullscreen on Windows 10

If a window is running on fullscreen (i.e. a video or a chrome page) on my Windows 10 laptop and I close the start menu (i.e. pressing the start button a second time), it essentially alt-tabs me to ...
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Windows 10 Desktop stop working “pin to start”

The Pin to Start in Windows 10 stop working and dont work too any more the resize icons in start menu. Does anyone know what can it be?
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Easy way to add shortcut to windows 10 start menu

I used to launch apps by pressing Win button and typing the name of app i need. I want to add shortcut for portable app (i.e. PuTTY) to start menu Programs folder. In Windows 7 i would just drag and ...
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Maximum # of Start Menu Pinned Programs

I am running Windows 7 Professional and I just got a new display with a whole lot more screen space (greater resolution) and I am having a little, rather ridiculous, problem. I have only have pinned ...