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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Add programs to Windows 7 Start Menu search

I have some of my programs installed under D:\Program Files I added this path in the "Indexing Options" and now when i type in the search box of start menu does show files from these folders, but ...
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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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Remove Pictures Entry from Start Menu

I want to remove the Pictures item from the topmost section of the Windows-7 Start Menu, but there is no option to do so in the Tasbar and Start Menu Properties dialog. Expected: Actual: There ...
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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 number of max results per category can be changed? To clarify with a screenshot, under the heading ...
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Change order of libraries during start-menu searches in Windows 7

I use the start-menu to launch files (kind of like Launchy or Quicksilver) and the library functionality is really helpful in quickly sorting out what's what. For example, maybe an older copy exists ...
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Uninstall doesn't remove/delete program folder from Start menu

When I want to upgrade a installed program, usually it looks so that I first uninstall the old version and install the new version of program. Uninstalling a program is not successful entirely, it ...
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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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Can I change the target for the Start button Windows Explorer option?

I changed the target for my desktop Explorer shortcut but have not found a way to change it for the start button (RC) Windows Explorer. I'm assuming it would have to be a registry tweak but I cannot ...
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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 Computer Management Not Accessible

I am having issues trying to access Computer Management from the start menu. The following is a screenshot of exactly how I want to go to computer management. I know that there are other ways to get ...
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Restore monitor detection to one only or restore start menu to bottom

I have a co-worker that is no longer able to see his start menu. He used to have it pinned to the left edge of his screen. I tried to troubleshoot it a bit and discovered if we do Windows + R then ...
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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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Why Does Vista List All BUT My Recently Used Applications?

I click the start button, then choose "programs" - and Vista lists me all my application shortcuts.. except for the ones I've used recently. I have to click the two down arrows to list my ...
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Unable to use the Context Menu in Windows XP SP3's start menu

After a few months of use (since the last reinstall of Windows XP) my parents' computer's start menu has become typically disordered. The obvious solution to this is to right-click and then 'sort by ...
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Can I make Windows 7 Start Menu search show items in order of most frequently used?

I work as a web applications developer; during the course of a day I open applications a lot. The search box in the start menu that appeared in Vista & 7 has been a godsend. Hit the start key, ...
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Windows 7 libraries missing from start menu?

I was trying to stop an annoying error where renaming a new folder in Windows 7 (Starter OEM via Toshiba) would bring up the dreaded "cannot find item" error. I was lead to uninstall Windows update ...
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Vista start menu stopped functioning after Windows Update

I was asked to run Windows Update on someone's laptop which hadn't been updated since they bought it (no internet access). There were about 500MB worth. Once they finished installing, the start menu ...
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How to pin GnuCash to the Windows 7 Start Menu?

It's not possible via the "normal" means because the "Pin to Start Menu" is not displayed for the GnuCash link. I suspect it's got something to do with the fact that GnuCash on Windows is started via ...
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How do I get rid of the extra options on a pinned program on the start menu

In Windows 7 when I pin certain programs, somehow there is something that allows them to have a sub menu. Examples of this are both Firefox (Enter private browsing) and Chrome (New window, New ...
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recently used programs stopped updating Vista Home Premium 64

For some reason my list of recently used programs has stopped updating. Any program that I "pin" to the start menu remains, but where you would normally expect to see the recent programs is just ...
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Change Windows taskbar toolbars order (sequence) on Win XP

when I create new toolbar on my Windows XP taskbar, it always appears under the 'Language bar' (I have the start menu binded to the left of my screen). Is there a way to change the placement (order) ...
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Hibernate from start menu without disabling hybrid sleep?

It's not something I do often, but yesterday I had to pop out unplanned for a while - a little too long to leave the PC sat on or asleep - and wanted to save what I was in the middle of doing by ...
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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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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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Pinned and recent programs disappeared from start menu

I tried to help out my father, but was unable to fix this: For his account the start menu pinned and recent programs disappeared. Programs can only be started by links on the Desktop or by going via ...
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How to remove items on Windows 7 start menu

Is it possible to remove one of the items on the right side of the Windows 7 start menu? The one with Music, Pictures, Games, Control Panel. If it's not possible, how do I customize the game icon ...
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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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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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How to make an program (.exe file) visible when search from start menu

I often open a program by opening Start menu and type in the, e.g. word for opening MS Word. But sometimes there are programs that do not need to install and just run directly from disk, e.g. ZoomIt, ...
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Force quitting the software manager causes Linux Mint 9 windows to turn black and white

Whenever I force quit an application such as the software manager it causes my taskbar previews to turn black and white and the mint menu turns black and white. Most system applications and ...
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Prevent Windows Key from Opening Start Menu in Windows 7

I'd like to be able to stop the Windows Key from activating the Start Menu on Windows 7. I don't want to disable the Windows Key completely. I'd like Ctrl + Esc to still open the Start Menu. I know ...
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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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“Banning” programs from Windows 7's Recently Launched list

I have a laptop I use for home and work. I like to keep them separate as best I can, and it's not very endearing to my clients to sit down in a meeting with them, crack open my start menu, and have ...
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How to make the start menu find a program based on a custom keyword?

I am searching for a way to type a keyword in the start menu Search programs and files field and that it will return the application that match the keyword. An example will better explain this: ...
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Pictures clicked on Start Menu's Recent Items list opens in non default program

I am using Picasa Photo Viewer and have associated all JPG and PNG files to open with it. However when I open an image from the Recent Items list in the Windows 7 Start Menu it opens with Windows ...
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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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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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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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On Windows XP, Start > Run “My Documents” sometimes doesn't work

On all of my home computers, I can enter my documents into the Start > Run prompt and the My Documents folder of the current profile will open up. What's more, I can continue typing subfolders, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Start Menu freezes when highlighting 'All Programs'

Hey all, A friends machine is lagging for about 30 seconds when they highlight 'All Programs'. A gray box popus up where the program menu would be, but it doesnt populate for nearly 30 seconds. ...
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Tweak number of “recent documents” in Windows XP?

Is there a way to change the number of "recently opened documents" in the Start menu of Windows XP?
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Is it possible to sort the contents of the “All Programs” portion of the Start Menu?

I know it's possible to do this in the classic start menu, but wanted to know if the same could be done in the regular start menu.
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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 ...