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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High Level Start Menu or Dock Category Recommendations

After installing a lot of programs, my start menu on the windows and doc on mac collects to many object for visual control. So, organizing folder and placing (or installing) programs into these start ...
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Windows 10 taskbar not working

Everything was fine, and suddenly, the start menu button, including everything else on the taskbar, stopped working. I can right click on start button but if I try clicking volume, battery, action ...
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Is it possible to have shortcuts appear in the start menu search through a symbolic link?

I have a folder full of stuff that I sync across all my computers and virtual machines. It contains a whole load of stuff, including portable applications. On a new OS installation, I run a batch ...
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In Windows 7, how do I make the “start” menu Documents/Pictures/Music/Videos go to my Documents/Pictures/Music/Videos directory?

Right now, if I click on Documents, I go to Libraries > Documents. I want to go to [Logged In User] > My Documents. Is there a way to configure this behavior?
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Search behavior of Windows 7 start menu

I'm coming to Windows 7 from Windows XP, and there are aspects of the start menu search that I like. However, there are some behaviors that seem either inconsistent or surprising to me. For ...
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How can I add a folder to the default quick-search list on the start menu on Windows 7?

I have a bunch of programs that can run without installing (LINQPad, Reflector, Foobar 2000 and so on) - which is nice and makes them very portable. I keep them here: c:\admin\utils\ However, when ...
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Can I move Windows 8 Start menu hot corner?

I like my task bar vertical at the right edge of the screen. This puts the Windows button to the top-right corner, however not the windows hot corner. Is there any way to either move or disable the ...
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How to get execution count of items in start menu recent programs list

In Windows 7, the recent programs list in the start menu appears to be ordered by how often each program is used (or more specifically, launched via the start menu?). Just to satisfy my curiosity, is ...
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How do I get rid of the Start Menu “zombie” icon?

Windows 7 has a large icon above the username on the right-hand pane of the Start menu. By default it is a faceless torso in a blue collarless shirt that I call the "zombie icon". (I don't know the ...
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How can I omit an application from showing up as frequently used in the start menu?

I used to use a certain application very frequently (WinSCP), but I now seldom use it. As such, I explicitly removed it from the start-menu's frequently used list. However, now if I use it even just ...
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How to include custom locations for indexing in start menu search?

I like to use new start menu search in windows vista/7. It is easy to launch application and documents by typing few characters. Is it possible to include more locations in start menu search. For ...
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How to add new item to the Windows 10 “All Apps” section [duplicate]

I want to add a new item (in this particular case a shortcut to Putty SSH client) to my Windows 10's All Apps section. I have already found out that I can "Pin to Start" any item, however, this will ...
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Windows 7: enabling navigation of subfolders in pinned Start Menu folders

I'm just about to move from Windows XP to Windows 7, and I'm struggling with some of the interface changes. In XP, I was able to throw a folder intoC:\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menuand ...
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How can I enable the default Start Menu in Windows XP?

The default Windows XP Start Menu has been disabled by the system administrator where I work. When you right-click on the Start Menu, and select Properties, the only option is the Classic Start Menu. ...
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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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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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Start Menu in Windows 10 suddenly closes when right clicking on username

When you right click on your username in Windows 10, at least for me, the whole Start Menu suddenly closes (by either waiting around or moving your mouse around. you also can't click on anything) Why ...
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how to fix firefox command line arguments launched by the start menu's search box?

Another little, but annoying and not understandable issue on my computer: If I use the start menu's search box to launch firefox with command line arguments (e.g. -p -no-remote) but without its full ...
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Windows 10 Critical Error - Start Menu Not Working

After upgrading from windows 7 to 10 the main user on the laptop does not have any windows 10 application such as microsoft edge, cortana, etc. When I try to open the start menu or search, I get a ...
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Change the background color of desktop app icon in Windows 8 start screen [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add a “metro” looking tile for a desktop application? How to customize tiles (bigger icon, different color) for desktop applications in the Start Screen? On the ...
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Context menu (right click) not working for start menu items

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and have regular updates, but my context menu (right click doesn't work) for the items in start menu cannot be displayed!! Is there any solution for this? Also, i have ...
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How can I duplicate Windows 7 task bar - WITH clock, notification, and start bar on extended desktop?

Windows 8 was a bust, enabled duplicate task bars but no notification area. I've tried UltraMon, and saw some other software but nothing actually duplicates the notification area on an extended ...
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Shortcut to Windows 7 Screen resolution setting other than by right-click on the desktop

I regularly have to access the Windows 7 "Screen resolution" setting on a netbook with many full-screen windows open, often with bogged down CPUs. These are the usual necessary steps I have to ...
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Start menu 'program' management in Windows 7

In Windows XP, I was able to access to the start menu and organize the programs into their own folders. I could have a game folder and put all the games into it. This made for a much easier ...
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Windows 7's start menu's search “see more results” is broken

After searching in my start menu and clicking to "see more results", I got an error dialog: It "seems" that it should be search-ms:query=document an not search:query=document but where can I fix ...
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How do I prevent unpinning of items from the Windows 10 Start menu?

I would like to know how I can prevent users unpinning items (apps/programs) from Start Menu. Using Windows 10 Home edition (case is creating master disk and cloning it) I think this might be ...
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Windows Server 2012 start icon (button)

How can I create a desktop or start bar icon which would should show the Start Menu in Windows Server 2012? I having multiple remote connections in small windows (not full screen) and hovering the ...
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Right click on Start Menu Items on Windows 7 64-bit doesn't work?

I installed Windows 7 64 bit. Earlier, I had the 32-bit Windows. After installing 64-bit Windows, right-clicking the Start Menu items doesn't bring up the context menu! How do I fix this?
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Removing a Program from Windows 7's Start Menu forever?

I'm gonna remove YM! icon from Windows 7's Start Menu for good, I mean I wanna remove it even I use it. I've been using Right Click >> Remove From This List but It comes back after using once! ...
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How to prevent Windows 7 from clearing the Start menu's Run command history

I have a Windows 7 Pro machine that won't maintain a record of all the commands I enter via Start -> Run. I have UAC disabled, but there is still some setting that's wiping out that list right after I ...
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Changing the Start Menu Power Button - Setting does not work: only (Shut down) is available

This is the second time I've tried to change this setting on a Vista-based operating system and I can't get it to work again. OS: Windows Server 2008 SP2 (not R2) = Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0....
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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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Windows 7 automatically rearranges the start menu

I've seen so many messages on how to rearrange the Windows Start Menu and none mentioning the real problem in doing so which has been around since XP at least. I go to ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/...
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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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Windows 10 Start Menu Critical Error

I upgraded my 8.1 laptop to windows 10. I was able to use my laptop for three weeks with no problem. However, when I open my windows 10 laptop while ago and press win logo in keyboard. This message ...
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How do I make Windows 8's Start menu always open applications with “open as new window”?

Suppose I am using Notepad for one task, and I want to open up a new Notepad window for another task. When I open Notepad from the Start menu, it simply returns me to the Notepad window I already have ...
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Search feature in start menu isn't showing start menu shortcuts anymore

For some reason my search in Windows 7 start menu has stopped displaying results from the Programs menu. Any program that was installed that put shortcuts under Start Menu >> Programs used to show up ...
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group start menu apps

The start menu of windows 8 is great,but It has too many items that I want to group them into folders like the start menu folders of windows 7.So for example, I want to have only one entry ...
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How to find “local users and groups” from the search bar?

I'm using Windows 7 professional. I would like to have the "local users and groups" snap-in icon show up, when I search for search terms like "users" or "groups" or even "local users and groups". ...
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Program Does Not Show Up in Windows 7 Recent Programs

I run the program NetBeans all of the time. It used to always show up in my Windows 7 start menu all of the time. I recently reformatted my laptop and my main computer, downloaded the latest version ...
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Start Menu - expand all programs automatically

Is there a way to automatically expand the "All Programs" in the Windows 7 Start Menu by not clicking it?
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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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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 do I add command line arguments (parameters) for pinned applications on Windows 10?

On Windows 10 I'd like to add command line arguments (parameters) for "pinned" applications in my "Start" area. But when I right click a pinned app, I don't see something like "Preferences". Is ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu - All apps Missing Icons

I am currently "troubled" by the fact that some icons that do appear in the right place in Windows Explorer are missing from the Start Menu in Windows 10. For example, I create a folder with 3 icons ...
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Most used items in Windows 10 start menu limited to 6

How do I make the start menu contain more than the 6 mostly used apps? When I remove one from the list, another is ready to appear, so there is some limit, but I cant find the setting?
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Make the left pane of the Windows 10 start menu wider

The left pane in my Windows 10 start menu is too small. For example, I have the following two folder entries cut off: Microsoft SQL Server 20.. Microsoft SQL Server 20.. (I can hover on start menu ...
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Cannot add items to start menu in Windows 10

I seem to be completely unable to add items to the start menu in Windows 10. If I right-click on a folder and choose "Pin to Start" nothing happens. If I drag and drop an item onto the start menu, ...
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How would I specify specific start menu items for a certain user?

I have a member of my family with a user account that I am restricting, I have already added loads of restrictions using the mmc. What I want to know is, is it possible to set up a separate start ...
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How to change start menu location for Windows 7 Programs

I keep my start menu in Windows 7 very organized, but every time there's a program update available (Safari for example), the program recreates its shortcut icons in the default start menu location ...