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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Some start menu shortcuts are missing on Windows 10

Not sure when this started happening but some time after upgrading to Windows 10 I noticed some of my search results were not showing up with what I wanted. For instance, when I searched for Word 2013 ...
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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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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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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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Windows 10 Start-Search not behaving well

I've made a habit of making a 'Search Helpers' folder and dropping it in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Search Helpers. I fill this folder with shortcut icons to make ...
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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 ...
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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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Sort Programs in StartMenu

Is there a way to (alphabetically or in other way) to sort program list in the Start=>Programs menu? When installing / uninstalling programs this menu is added-removed, but not sorted, and sometimes ...
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What is this blue bar on my Windows 7 desktop?

Normally I keep my Start Bar at the top of my screen. Some applications don't realize this and open underneath it. It means I have to move the start bar out of the way to get at the window controls ...
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Windows XP Start Button is ugly if the Task Bar is on the right-hand edge of the screen

Windows XP: After moving the Task Bar to the righ-hand edge of the screen, everything looks good except the Start button: It is not centered. It is big. The left hand curve of the button is cut ...
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Custom folder with subitems in Start menu in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Is it possible to pin a folder containing sub items in the Start menu in Windows 7? I want my custom files to be visible to users via the Start Menu, much like recent files are shown as a sub menu ...
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How to have Windows 7 “All Programs” open in multiple columns?

I would rather have have a bird's-eye view of all my programs than scroll down the programs list. Is there a way to have Windows 7 All Programs list the programs in multiple columns like XP, or did ...
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Windows 7 is installing Start menu shortcuts to a “test” folder on my desktop

I tidied up my Start menu a while back, organised it into folders and removed programs I do not access. This was also around the time I changed the location of my My Documents/Desktop etc folders via ...
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How to permanently remove/ban programs from the Start Menu Recent List? -part 2

In another post someone asked the question: How to permanently remove/ban programs from the Start Menu Recent List? (Since manually deleting them will only get them back on once the program is started ...
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How do I Reorder Recent Items[Applications] in Start Menu?

I am using the "recent items" feature of the Start Menu in Win7, but the only problem is the most used items are closer to the top, while the least used are at the bottom. I think it would be more ...
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How to permanently remove/ban programs from the Start Menu Recent List?

There are a number of programs which I always start using other methods e.g. via a desktop shortcut, therefore these programs are just wasting space in my Start Menu. I can manually delete them by ...
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What is the easiest way to open Start menu directory?

On Windows XP I had to right-click the Start button and choose Open or Explorer. How to do that on Windows 7?
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Move the Start Menu in Windows 7 Taskbar

Is there anyway to move the Start Menu button on the taskbar in Windows 7? I've decided to try moving the taskbar to the left so I have more vertical screen real estate, but I would like the start ...
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Is it possible to remove right side of start menu on Windows 10?

Is it possible to completely remove the right side of the start menu? I have unpinned all of the apps from there but now it shows only empty area on the right side, it does not let me resize it. See ...
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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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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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Start menu items not responding

I have a problem with start menu. Whenever I click any icon in start menu, it staying as it is. Usually in normal systems, after clicking the start menu disappears and corresponding program opens. ...
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Categorizing apps in Windows 7 start menu?

Is there any way to group related applications in Start Menu? Let's say I have a few Graphic software and a bunch of IDEs and I want to put them in a single item. Is it possible?
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Windows 7 Start Menu / Taskbar shortcut icon issue

I'm running Win7 Ultimate x64, and have Visual Studio 2010 installed. The other day I mis-clicked and deleted the VS2010 program folder; I realised my mistake the next time I started the PC and ...
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How do I turn off the double-down arrow on Vista menus?

How do I turn off this guy here in the red circle. Endlessly hides stuff I want No obvious way to turn it off No obvious name to make this easy to do a web search for It's just these two arrows ...
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Missing Start Menu programs on Windows XP SP3

I just removed a piece of malware that hides the entire C: drive on my Windows XP SP3 machine. After cleaning it and running unhide.exe from Bleeping Computer, I noticed all the programs in the Start ...
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Is there a way to change the layout of Windows Start window?

My T60 IBM keeps the start menu on disk instead of in memory after I open a number of programs and don't use the start button for some time. So When I try to access, perhaps, "Connections", it takes ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu All Programs - display all folders, not just a single scrollable column

In Windows 95/XP/Vista I could click on the start menu, "All Programs", and I would get a list of all my programs. In Windows 7 when I click start menu, "All Programs", I get a single column with a ...
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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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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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How can I replace function of shutdown button with hibernate?

I want my PC to hibernate when I press shutdown (exactly shutdown button) but I don't know how can I modify something like registry or group policy to achieve my goal. Is there any way to do that?
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Windows 8 Start Menu - sometimes it's still got my last search populated?

I've been using Windows 8 across a number of different workstations and VMs, and noticed a strange behaviour with the start menu that I'm starting to think is a bug. In Windows 7, the quickest way to ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu: classic-like (no 3rd-party software)

I want my Start Menu to look like the old classic ones (without the use of third-party software, if possible). These are all the steps I've taken so far: Computer Properties → Advanced system ...