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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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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Where does Windows 10 keep the information for Pinned Start icons?

I am looking for the how and where Windows 10 remembers what is pinned for individual profiles Start Menu. I have been looking to create a modified default user profile in Windows 10 Enterprise and ...
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Move Second Search Result to First in Windows 10

I just updated my Windows to 10 and found that when I search for a software the previous top hit is now on second place. So I have to navigate to select it. The current top is a related software that ...
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How do I add a new program to the Start Menu?

I just added the latest version of the Eclipse IDE to my computer. Eclipse is distributed as a ZIP file, so I unzipped it into a directory in C:\Program Files like I've done for past versions of ...
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In Win10 is there a way to have the windows key open search?

After the whole Win8 mess I got into the habit of opening things pressing the windows key and typing. It also works the same on my Ubuntu laptop. But now I've upgraded to Win10 pressing windows opens ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu becomes unresponsive with a prompt

When using the program on its own, I have no issues. Once I have a prompt to enter data pops up I can still open things on my desktop or any application I have pinned. Only the Start menu itself, ...
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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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Start Menu (Possible) Malfunction, Windows 10

I've come across a slightly strange thing to do with Windows 10's start menu. Sometimes it doesn't open correctly when I click to open it. See the two pictures below. The first is the standard, and ...
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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. ...
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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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How to pin “Programs and Features” and “Device Manager” to Start Menu?

In Windows 7 I could search for a settings page like "Programs and Features" or "Device Manager" in the start menu and then right-click it to pin it to the start menu. In Windows 10 I can only pin the ...
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Start key in keyboard won't work Win 8.1

It used to work but then after, I did 2 THINGS that may have caused the issue, it work anymore when I pressed it. I cleaned the keyboard with the laptop just being lock screened and not completely ...
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Increase the number of 'Most used' applications in Windows 10

How can I increase the number of applications which are displayed under 'Most used' from the default 6 apps?
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How to pin a program from a drive different than C: to the Start Menu?

I have several programs installed on another drive (F:\) than my system drive (C:\). On Windows 7 I had the possibility to pin those programs both to the Start Menu and the taskbar. I just had to ...
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How to hide labels in Windows 10 Start menu (tiles)?

I've recently read some nice registry trick about hiding the taskbar labels in Windows 10 (together with "never combine" option). I want to do the same to the start tiles. I mean: there already are ...
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Can't Pin Some Applications to Start Menu in Windows 10

When I right click on certain shortcut and click "Pin to Start Menu," it does not appear on my start menu. When I right click them again it still says "Pin to..." instead of "Unpin...". The thing is ...
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Windows 10: Pin an item to left side of Start Menu?

Has anyone figured out how to pin an item to the left side of the start menu? Articles online about this are referencing an older version of 10 where this was possible. No matter the size of Start, ...
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How to open classic version of OneNote in Windows 10?

I have Windows 10 and Office 2013 installed (with latest updates). I wanted to start OneNote so I clicked Start and then typed "onenote": The first (and only) application that appeared is a new ...
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How to pin programs to the left part of the Start menu? [duplicate]

I want to pin programs to the left part of the Start menu, under the username, the same way as it worked in Windows 7. The area is completely empty (normally it would house the most used programs, but ...
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Windows 10 puts my first and last name to lock screen. How to avoid this?

After upgrading to Windows 10, I see my LastName and FirstName on the lock screen. Is there a way to change this? On Windows 8.1 there was just my nickname and email address (maybe there were my first ...
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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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Is it possible to hide Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection's menu bar icon (Mac)?

I run a computer lab at work and IT came by today to install MS System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection on my machines (all Macs). But whereas I've tried to maintain a clean interface with only things ...
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Customize predefined entries in Windows Start Menu

I would like to add some custom entries to Windows XP / Vista / 7 Start Menu and place it between predefined options like: "Help and Support" and "Run" so that user cannot delete or move those entries....
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Renaming a start menu Item in Windows 10

In Windows 10, how can I rename a Start Menu Item? In Windows 7, I could click on the start menu, then right-click on "All Program" and I would get a menu that popped up saying "Open All Users" and ...
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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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Windows 10 Start Menu alarm center, and Cortana is not working

I have no idea what is going on with my computer, but I can't open up my start menu, and the message center(or the alarm center). I've tried restarting Windows Explorer, but it did not work for me. ...
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Windows 8.1 start menu / recent apps visual bug?

I just switched to Windows 8.1 and I noticed, that when I bring the cursor in the bottom left corner on the start screen and hover to show the start button then grey lines show in the upper left ...
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Strange Characters in Windows 8

A PC of a friend of mine just start to showing this strange characters and I don't know what to do. It's just like this: He can't do anything because from time to time (like seconds) the start menu ...
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How to prevent search bar in start menu of Windows 10 to search the web?

By default, Windows 10 performs search in my programs, my folders, settings and Web. How I can customise these? I don't want to use Web. It consume my internet traffic, and it is a reason for the ...
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Windows 10 Build 10122 Live Tiles Disabled

As you can see the majority of my "live" tiles are disabled. I click, and nothing happens. At first I thought it was automatically downloading them, but after some time nothing changes. The rest of ...
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Windows 7 no start menu folder in app data - user pinned

I'm trying to resolve the problem detailed here: Pin to taskbar icon gets (2) appended It was all going well until I got here C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick ...
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Windows start/jump bar icons are too small

I just installed windows 10 and everything looks fine and nicely scaled, except for the jump bar. The icons don't fill the complete height of the bar, and look a bit lost... Any idea how to fix ...
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How to add a folder entry to right-hand-side of start menu?

I would like to know whether on Windows 7 it is possible to add a folder (e.g. the Downloads folder) just beneath some other entry below the logged-in user's name (John as in the below image):
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Toshiba windows 7 laptop, all icons the same [duplicate]

all desktop icons the same and when I try to open it says this action is valid for products that are already installed. when I enter regedit in the search it says the same thing so i can't even fix it ...
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?Can we add a searchbar in start menu in windows 8.1?

My question is simple. I just wanted to add the windows search bar in start menu. I dont want the two clicks to open the search bar. I just want to see it on one click. Can you please tell me if it is ...
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“Pin to Start Menu” option is unavailable to one program, but is available to others, in windows 7

I want to pin a program to the start menu, but the option "Pin to Start Menu" is not available when right clicking the link to the program. The option is available when right-clicking other programs. ...
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How to start a program using the keyboard when task bar isn't at the bottom?

I just noticed that whenever the task bar (the thing where Win and the clock reside isn't at the bottom (I prefer to keep it at the top or to the right), I can't type in the name of the program that I ...
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Disable Start Menu background blur

I want to remove the blur effect pictured below from the start menu. I have already found solutions for window frames and the taskbar, yet the start menu remains unaffected. How would I go about doing ...
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Windows 8.1: Editing and refreshing items in the Apps view

Apps view of the Windows 8.1 start screen maps from the following folders: shell:common start menu\programs (affects all users) shell:start menu\programs (affects current user) ...
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Where are application folders in Windows 8.1 main menu?

How to find application if you don't know it's name in Windows 8? It was entity (application folders) in earlier version of Windows, which was lesser in count than total number of programs in menu. ...
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Recent Items aren't recent

I have the Recent Items tab pinned to the Start menu, but I have noticed some odd behavior. When the folder is empty, new items I open get added to the list in alphabetical order, as it should. Once ...
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How can I completely remove the Windows 7 start menu user picture? [duplicate]

How can I remove this picture: I've tried this without any luck.
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My application icons dissapeared after restoring (from backup), how to get them back?

My laptop harddisk crashed. However, since I use a backup solution (HP Autonomy), I managed to restore most of the documents and files that had been backed up, after reinstalling the operating system, ...
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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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Open Windows Start Menu with a batch file?

Is it possible to create a batch file that will open the Windows Start Menu? I have been digging around in the Windows Registry, have searching the Internet, and just tried making things up as I go. ...
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How do I add tasks for cmd.exe in Start Menu?

How do I add some custom tasks for cmd.exe in Start Menu?
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Can't click start button

On Windows 8.1 sometimes I can't click the Windows button. Nothing happens. Does anyone know what causes this or why it happens? Last time this happened I was running Outlook, Firefox and Vmware. I ...
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Right click context menu on Windows 7 start menu shows up but does nothing

I have a new Windows 7 box and I'm seeing some weird behaviour in the Start Menu. The menu itself looks fine: there are Recent Items and Pinned Items. If I left click on any item it opens as ...
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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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How to put “My Documents” folder link in main menu in Windows 7?

Don't remember exactly, but found, that main menu on my old Windows 7 computer contains link to "Documents" library, containing strange representation (all entries looks grouped by type and no way to ...