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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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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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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Mouse scroll doesn't work in Windows 10 start menu

The Windows 10 start menu doesn't want to obey my mouse scroll. Scrolling works with my keyboard's touchpad, and the touchscreen. I've tried running Windows Troubleshooter on Mouse settings to no ...
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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 to get the Classic Start Menu in Windows 7?

Classic start menu is simple and efficient, but the Vista style start menu gets in the way from letting me get on with what I want to do. It also has features I don't want, such as an irritating ...
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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 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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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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Windows 10 Start menu Downloads shortcut is broken

With a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro, I enabled Downloads shortcut to appear on Start menu. However when I click on it nothing happens. Other shortcuts such as Documents, Music etc all work fine. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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How to prevent CCleaner from wiping Start Menu frequently used applications list?

Every time I use CCleaner to clean my system, regardless to what settings I set up (as far as I could find), it purges my Start Menu most used applications list (the main (lefrmost) column of the ...
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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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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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My Windows 10 doesn't show the desktop and start menu

I downloaded and installed Windows 10 Pro 32 bit. Occasionally after I start the computer, it boots as usual but then doesn't show the start menu or desktop icons. After I restart it 2 or 3 times it ...
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How to disable the Start menu hot corner (bottom-left) in Windows 8

In Windows 8/8.1, when you mouse to the bottom-left corner of a screen, the Start Menu hint appears, even if you are on a monitor without a taskbar, or in a fullscreen application. How do you disable ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to prevent the start screen from covering the whole screen, making it more like the start menu?

I'm getting used to the start screen, however it would be nice if I could stop it covering the entire screen and popup a bit like the old start menu. Is there some configuration option, or program ...
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Have start menu index applications in places other than program files?

I love the ability to type any phrase into the start menu, and Windows 7 will bring up relevant executables under Program Files. However, I have a separate folder of my own where I store several ...
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Windows 7 - remembering past search terms in the start menu. Was I imagining this?

I seem to remember windows 7 being able to remember search strings you've typed in the start menu's search bar. I tend to use that bar to run commands (because it's slightly more convenient than ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu: “Search programs and files”

In Windows 7, after pressing the Win key, you can type keywords to search for programs. How does Windows 7 determine the order of the search results? Sometimes it seems depends on the frequency you ...
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Adding Removed Item to Most Often Used Programs List - Windows XP

How do I re-add an item to the Most Often Used Programs list in Windows XP? That is, if I right-click an item in the list and select the Remove from This List options, how do I add it back? Do I ...
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Adjusting the number of results for Windows start-menu search

When searching in the start menu search in Windows 7, results often appear categorised. Can the maximum number of results per category can be changed? To clarify with a screenshot, under the ...
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All my program icons in Windows 7 have disappeared

All my program icons in Windows 7 have disappeared: What could be causing this? I followed the instructions in this question but it didn't fix them. What can I do?
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Pinned start menu/taskbar shortcuts gone

I just restarted my Windows 7 PC to find all my pinned shortcuts have disappeared from the start menu and taskbar. I've looked here "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu Items Missing

If I click the start menu -> All Programs almost all my installed programs seem to be missing from the start menu despite some of them being on the initial regulalry used screen. As far as I can see ...
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Clicking “Run”, “Search”,“Help and Support” in Start Menu Problems

I've got a problem with my start menu. I was playing a bit deleting some context menu entries. Now every time I click the "Run","Search" or "Help and Support" icons I get: "Windows Cannot create ...
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how to remove search box from Vista start menu?

Is it possible to remove the search box from the Windows Vista Start Menu?
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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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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 10 Start Menu no icons showing [duplicate]

my start menu icons don't show. They look like the screenshot below. Clearing icon cache database file and restarting explorer.exe doesn't seem to work. Any other solutions?
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Remove / hide the “All Apps” shortcut from the Start Menu — or uninstall them totally

This question has two parts: I've Googled but cannot find anything about this. Is there a way to make that "All Apps" section disappear completely from the Start Menu? (The section to which I refer ...
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delay on opening start menu on windows 10 and also keyboard not working for search

i installed windows 10 couple of day ago (upgrade from 8.1) , from first day i had a problem that was , after working with pc about 2-3 hour when click on start button , the menu opened with 1 second ...
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How to change default size of tile when using “Pin to Start” in Windows 10?

When using "Pin to Start" option in Windows 10 all tiles are set to default size which is "Medium". Is there any way to change the default sieze to "Small"? I know that I can change that manually. ...