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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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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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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Replace start menu list of recently used program with contents of a folder

Is it possible to replace the list of recently used programs with a list of all the files in my downloads folder? I hardly ever use that list as to access programs; I either have them pinned to my ...
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Display large icons in the Windows 7 Start Menu under “All programs”

I'm trying to setup my tablet PC as a "tablet ready" computer. One of the annoyances is the small icons within the "All programs" section of the Start Menu. Under Windows 7, is there a way to tell ...
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Can I shrink the size of the Windows 7 start menu?

I have removed a lot of things from the Windows 7 start menu that I don't use, and now I want to make the start menu smaller. Refer to the image below to see what I mean. There is a lot of empty ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu Not Closing When Starting Programs

A strange problem with my start menu has appeared recently. Whenever I click on a tile or search result to start a program, the start menu stays open after I have clicked on it, rather than closing ...
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Windows 10 start menu item name missing

Can somebody tell me why my settings menu looks like a bunch of weird text. Please tell how can I fix this.
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Win10 Jump List Missing Pinned & Frequent Files

The "File Explorer" object in my Win10 Start Menu no longer displays Pinned and Recent files and folders in its Jump List. I couldn't say what exactly caused the behaviour, but it's happened on ...
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Windows 10 - Recreating Change to Start Menu to allow Recent Files in Tiles

Awhile back I was messing around with some of the setting in Windows 10 (mostly registry hacks) to customize everything, and I did something to make the Context Menu on my Taskbar and Start Menu ...
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White lines in windows start menu

I'm seeing white lines in the border of the windows 10 start menu when some programs are opened (like google chrome). Here is a screenshot of those annoying lines : You can see them in the bottom ...
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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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Windows 10 Start Menu Items Disappeared?

A few days ago it seems as though most (seems like at least 50%) of my programs in the start menu have disappeared. I can't even search for them. I can, however, find each and every one of them ...
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Windows 10: Start menu takes a week to update

When I install new applications on my Windows 10 Home desktop, it takes about a week for them to show up in the start menu (Start -> All apps) or to appear in Cortana searches. As you can imagine, ...
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Windows 10 - restore start menu size to default

so I accidentally resized my win10 start menu and don't know the default size... Can you tell me how to reset it or send me a screenshot of default windows 10 start menu on 1366x768 resolution? Would ...
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Remove blank tile windows 10

How do I remove an blank tile which is stuck at my start bar? I didn't find any entry on regedit or AppData to solve this, and google isn't helping me either. Right clicking it just allows me to ...
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Missing installed programs in W10 search bar

In every single version of Windows before W10, when we installed a software it was added to the start menu and we could open it by either accessing it directly or searching it with Vista and 7. I ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu Editing [duplicate]

It seems that on Windows 10 I cannot add new items to the "All apps" part of the Start Menu. I tried moving a shortcut to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs, but the program did not ...
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Cannot show any pinned application to Start Menu or Taskbar

I am trying to fix a problem on a Windows 7 machine (which is not mine, so I don't know what it has been done on it, but it is in reasonably working shape and up-to-date with Windows updates and ...
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Pin folder to Start

As I learned in FastEthernet's answer it is possible to pin Quick access to Start in order to set a shortcut. Now I tried to pin other folders to Start. But that option isn't part of the context menu ...
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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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Where is the start menu log stored in Windows 10?

The order of the Apps in the Start menu as well as the order of the categories they are in have changed sometimes after turning my pc off. Some apps have been outside of the category which I have put ...
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Can't find applications anymore in Windows 10

In Windows 8.1 I was able to find any application by pressing windows key and starting to type it's name. After upgrading to Windows 10 I have lost this ability. For example, below is what happening ...
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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 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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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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Cannot edit start menu links

Any changes to this folder c:\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\ have no effect in the start menu Shortcuts that I copy there manually ...
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Wipe out and recreate XP Mode start menu entries in Windows 7

Windows XP Mode start menu entries are duplicated into the Windows 7 start menu. I removed and rearranged the entries somewhat in XP Mode. They're still showing up in Windows 7 start menu. I would ...
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Linking to an External Folder of Shortcuts in Windows 8.1 Start Menu

I'm trying to add a folder to my start screen using symbolic links. I can't seem to get any linked folders to show up. Here is what I tried first: cd "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start ...
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Windows Start Menu position

Is there a way to change position of my Start menu in Windows 7? When I press the Start button, or Windows button on my keyboard, it opens the start menu with default position bottom left, just above ...
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How to include custom *network* locations for indexing in Start Menu search?

Hemant asked How to include custom locations for indexing in Start Menu search?, which asks how he can get Windows Vista/7 to include his custom D:\Utils folder in Start Menu search. I have a similar ...
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How to hide the name of the Windows 8.1 desktop tile?

After customizing my Windows 8.1 start screen with Oblytile, the Desktop tile is the last one remaining with a name. I'd like to change that. Sure I could just create a new tile with Oblytile, but I'd ...
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How do I remove the tab Default Programs command object from my Start menu?

I was in my registry (using regedit) to create a backup, I then restarted my computer and noticed a tab saying Default Programs command object. I'm running Windows 8 with StartIsBack. I uninstalled ...
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Enlarge Start Menu in Windows 7

I can only pin 14 links to my Start Menu. When pinning a 15th, it doesn't show in the list. Is there any way to expand the height of the Start Menu so it shows more items? Thanks
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Link to user directory displayed with wrong name in start menu

In the start menu the link to my user directory is displayed with a wrong name e.g. foo When I click on the link in the start menu the explorer opens my correct user directory but the addressbar ...
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Shortcuts in Windows XP start menu disappeared

I have a Windows XP Professional. I have a problem with default IE6. I upgraded to IE7 but still had the problem. Then, I used revo uninstaller to uninstall IE7 and back to IE6. I did choose revo ...
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Set Windows XP simple start menu via CMD/Registry

We're using temporary user accounts and when logging in, every time the classic start menu is restored. The new two-column start menu is not blocked by policies. I can turn it on manually, but I want ...
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Something Wrong with the start menu on Windows

Whenever I start a maximized window of Google Chrome, my start menu disappears for some reason. The problem isn't just with Chrome. Although it is visible on both Internet Explorer 9 and Opera, the ...
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Windows 7 won't keep my start menu settings (use large icons, # of programs shown)

In Windows 7 on my work computer, I can go to Taskbar and Start Menu properties > Start Menu > Customize... and checkmark Use large icons to get bigger icons in my start menu. I can also change ...
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Some Start menu items become unlocalized after sysprep

I successfully deployed Windows 7 on some computers. Now, in the Start menu, some items are in French (the native installation language) and other are unlocalized. I can see Welcome Center and ...
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Customizing Windows 7 Start menu search behaviour

Is there any way of customizing the behaviour of the search bar in the Start menu? It'd be useful to tell it to search particular directories or for particular file types. I used to use Launchy for ...
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Hiding inactive menus in Windows XP's start menu

I don't want the start menu itself hidden, but I'd like to hide menus and programs in "All programs" that aren't used often. Is this possible?
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Is there a way to customize items on the right side of start menu in Windows 7?

OK I know I can right click on it and select properties... But it only allows me to decide whether an item is shown or hidden. What I want is, adjust item position on the start menu right side. ...
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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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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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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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Can I open the Start Menu just by hovering over the icon?

I like the CSS hover menus spreading over the internet very much and was wondering if I could do the same to my Start menu, and possibly this one too.
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Can't delete folder from the start menu

I like to keep a tidy start menu on my Windows XP machines. So I was surprised and annoyed when I tried to move root start menu folders for a couple of applications off into designated ...
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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 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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Why doesn't Vista create shortcuts in Start menu?

I am using Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit) on a system with 64-bit processor. Whenever I install a PC game, Vista does not create any shortcuts or program folders in "Start Menu -> All Programs". ...