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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Can't search folders outside of c:\users\you from the Windows 10 Start Menu

I have several large folders on internal hard drives that aren't my C:\ drive that I regularly have to search. On Windows 7, I could simply press start, type the file name I wanted, and so long as the ...
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All Modern apps have the same wrong icon in Start Menu search

I have been searching and searching the net for WEEKS to solve this, but the ONLY mention so far of this problem I could find is at Windows Metro apps have wrong icon in search UI. Unfortunately ...
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How to remove Candy Crush from Windows' Start Menu?

The "Uninstall" option removes it, but it comes back after a reboot. And this question is not about removing Candy Crush itself, as far as far as I can tell, the game's files are no longer on my ...
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Is there any way to hide the taskbar on the full screen start menu?

Is there any way in Windows 10 to hide the taskbar on the full screen start menu mode? I want to hide it so It can looks like Windows 8
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Why does Windows 8 keep on deleting my shortcut from start menu

I put a shortcut in the C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder. And for some strange reason it appears for a moment but then it disappears by itself IDK what to do I'...
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Windows 10 Start Menu Settings App Not Working

So basically the start menu works as you'd expect for almost every program I've tested - you can search for something, then click a result and it will launch the app - apart from the new Windows 10 ...
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Windows 10 does not index .lnk shortcuts

Whenever I install a new program, the shortcuts refuse to show up in the search menu. So I decided to go to "Indexing Options" to figure out the problem. It seems like the Index only includes the ...
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Windows 10 start menu not working

Firstly, I am aware of this question possibly being duplicate of Windows 10 Start Button Repeatedly Becomes Non-Responsive and Windows 10 Start Menu Stops Working. The second links says Try ...
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Right clicking on windows 10 does nothing

I am having similar issues to what others had. I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, and all went fine and smooth except for not being able to right-click some shortcuts in start menu or taskbar. ...
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Can't pin files to taskbar after downgrade to Win7

This has happened to three computers so far: Upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Downgraded back down to Windows 7 Files that were previously pinned to app in taskbar have disappeared Dragging ...
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Startmenu causes connection to proxy

I enabled several privacy settings in Windows 10 Professional 1511 but whenever I open the startmenu and type in order to find a certain program (for example ul for Ultraedit) Windows opens a ...
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How to hide universal apps from the start menu?

Desktop apps can be hidden from the All apps view by simply right clicking them and clicking view in Explorer. From there you can delete the shortcut. After that the application is hidden from the All ...
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Change width of each “panel of tiles” in Win10 Start Menu

There are plenty of guides that show you how to change the width of the start menu. But it seems it only can grow or shrink in width from the size of each "panel" (or folder or column) of tiles. For ...
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Windows 10 Start menu, notification center, not working after trying all available fixes

I have a windows 10 pro (upgraded from windows 7), version 1511, build 10586.420 up to date. No virus, or malware found. I have tried all the fixes from the following post without success. Windows ...
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configure windows 10 start menu for all users, force no tiles (zero tiles)

Need to configure a windows 10 with no tiles, zero, nothing. Delete those "life at a glance" and "play and explore" default tiles. And that the users can't edit that layout. For all users. well, ...
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Glitched start menu in classic theme after removing Windows Search

I use the classic theme in Windows 7 (SP1, 64-bit, Ultimate Edition), and have recently uninstalled the Windows Search feature via the control panel since I don't like the search box in the start menu,...
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How to add several programs under one folder to the Start Menu

I've recently installed Microsoft Office 2016. When I open the Start Menu, all of the programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) are scattered. I'd like to move them all into one folder. I managed to ...
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Win 10: Missing Most Used in Start Menu

I'm using a Windows 10 machine recently updated from Windows 7. I'm missing the recent apps that normally show up in the start menu. I've enabled them in settings (Settings > Personalisation > Start >...
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How to make an executable file that is not installed show up when typing in Windows 10 start menu

I prefer the keyboard over the mouse. The normal way I launch an application is by pressing the windows key and start typing the name of the application until it shows up, then press enter. This is ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu & Cortana etc won't open after a while

After an undetermined amount of time my Start Menu & Cortana & Volume Widget etc won't open. A restart fixes the proble temporarily. I have tried: the powershell script (it freezes on a ...
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No right-click menu for VS 2015 in Windows 10 taskbar

In Windows 10, I can't get a context menu when right-clicking the Visual Studio 2015 icon in the start menu nor on the taskbar. The icon is visible, but when I right-click on it, I get no context ...
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Directory Symbolic Links do not appear in Start Menu/All apps on Windows 10

In windows 7 I had a folder in "C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" that was a symlink to a UNC path on a network share. That folder (and the programs inside it) ...
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Start menu still uses Edge

I have Windows 10, and have grown used to pressing the windows key and typing a quick search. Usually it would use Firefox, my default browser. However, after I reinstalled Windows, it keeps trying to ...
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Taskbar icons no longer appear in Windows 10 (start menu also broken)

My partners laptop has somehow just stopped showing the windows 10 icons in the taskbar nor can she use the Windows start menu button - when clicked it simply does nothing. Can anyone suggest why ...
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How can I add an EXE to windows 10 All App list (without pinning to start menu)

I want to add an EXE which is not installed to the All App list in Windows 10, in the All Apps section. I tried this: How to add exe to start menu in Windows 10? However, that seems to have pinned ...
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Remove Unwanted Metro Apps from Windows 10 All Apps List

For conventional desktop applications such as chrome or office, we can remove the shortcuts from all apps list by right clicking on the icon, selecting more, clicking on open file location and then ...
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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 (SOFTWARE\...
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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 start menu back to “Accessories”?

"All Apps" on the Start Menu is not an intuitive name for me, so I would like to change the text to "Accessories". Is there a way to do this using the windows registry, or some other means? My OS is ...
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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 ...