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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All application disappeared in windows 8 start menu

I had problems lunching windows 8, every time i start the PC, it hands in the Start menu, and i can't do anything (Open desktop or any other application), so i booted in linux, and i cleared the ...
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Start button, charms bar not working after registry clean

I used Advanced System Optimizer in Windows 8.1 to do a system scan, clean registry, defragment disk etc. Now start button and the button on bottom right that shows the desktop doesn't do anything ...
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Search just the apps in Windows 8.1

Is there a way to search just the applications installed in Windows 8.1? In Windows 8 I could do this but the 8.1 search is much wider scoped. I can do things like press Win+W to search settings but ...
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Windows 8.1 new apps on start menu

I want to get icons of the new installed apps directly on my start screen. I don't like to pin every app to my start screen before it's easy to access it. Does someone know how I can do that in ...
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The Windows start menu items don't expand unless I click on it

I use windows 7 Classic Start Menu (Classic Shell) and I set the menu delay to 1 ms: However, from time to time, the Windows start menu items stop to automatically expand on mouseover unless I ...
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How to stop the start menu from dissappering below the taskbar

My start menu has picked up this habit of not fully popping when I click it. It happens at random times and is kinda hard to reproduce it at will. It looks like this: It usually goes back to normal ...
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Disable recent list in Windows 7 start menu only for certain programs

I know that one can disable listing recently used programs in the Windows 7 start menu. I do not want to do this. I need to disable showing recent opening only for a specific program. Can this be ...
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Unable to find Word and PowerPoint in start menu seach

I've recently got a new computer, and was tasked with some basic configuration. I've created 4 accounts, all of them administrators. On one of them, I've created taskbar and desktop shortcuts for ...
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Why are my Administrative Tools not showing after my upgrade from Windows 7?

I'm trying to show my Administrative Tools in the Start menu of my newly upgraded Windows 8 Pro computer. It was initially on Windows 7 Pro. I have gone into Settings » Tiles » Show Administrative ...
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Showing the last opened programs in start menu

What algorithm is used for choosing recently opened programs in Windows 7? How can set Windows so it shows the last opened programs instead of the most frequently opened programs? Is there any ...
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stop the highlighting of certain new programs Windows 7

There are some programs that are highlighted in the start menu because I haven't used them yet. I overall love this feature, but don't want it to apply to a few specific programs. How do I turn it ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu search not working

There have been a lot of questions like this, however mine differs, so don't lock this one as a duplicate just yet. Others have the problem that they only see categories with missing icons. I'm not ...
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Can I use the Windows 7 Start Menu search box to search files on a server?

I store most of my documents on a file server, and I'd like the Windows 7 Start Menu search box to search them. I don't want them to be available offline -- I've got more space on the server than on ...
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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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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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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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Programs have disappeared from Windows 7 Start Menu [closed]

I am running (and love) Windows 7 RC1 on my machine. In the first real weird thing I have seen in Windows 7 -- all of my programs have disappeared from the start menu. So if I click the start ...
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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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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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Add “Search the Internet” to the Windows 7 Start Menu

How do I add "Search the Internet" to the Windows 7 Start Menu?
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Where has the 'Open / Open All Users' option gone from the Windows 7 Start button?

Prior to Windows 7 I used to gain access to the Start button folders by right clicking on the Start button and choosing 'Open' or 'Open All Users' from the popup menu. The popup menu in Windows 7 does ...
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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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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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Recent Items tab doesn't remove old shortcuts

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 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 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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Disappering tray icons in Windows 8.1

I've noted that the battery indicator on my laptop for starter, changes it status to "Show only messages" while I frequently change it to "Show icon and messages". E.g. I have to click to expand the ...
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Search for applications in Linux Mint start menu when the application category is not displayed

Is there a way to have the Linux Mint (Cinnamon 17) start menu search return applications without the category they would appear under being displayed? E.g. return Octave when 'Octave' is searched ...
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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 ...
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Windows 7 Classic Shell submenu vertical-alignment

I'm not a fan of the CSS equivalent of vertical-align: top; for folders in the start menu. I'm using Classic Shell on Windows 7 64 bit. I want the bottom of the start menu to appear at the bottom of ...
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Windows 8.1 custom default start menu layout does not include shortcut

I have a custom default layout for my Windows 8.1 start menu. It works about how I want. However, one item is missing. I need to include a shortcut to a network share on the start menu. Including this ...
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Set Icons for Start Menu Folders in Windows 7

In Windows XP, you could assign icons to the sub folders in the Start Menu. I loved this feature because I'm a very visual person and recognizing an icon is much faster for me than reading a sub ...
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How to make a specific program not show up on start menu

I would like certain programs to never show up on the Windows 7 start menu. I can remove them from the start menu just fine, but then when I run them, they show up again. If I right click the windows ...
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Location of windows command script in the pinned directory

I have a shortcut of type windows command script and a shortcut of type application. When I pin the shortcut of type application in the startmenu, a Icon is created for the same in the folder: ...
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Delay to search Windows 7 Start Menu

I have a Windows 7 desktop with multiple hard drives. My main drive is an SSD while the secondary drives are standard HDD. After not using the computer for >15 minutes I will: 1. Tap the space bar ...
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How to add LINKs( not shortcuts ) in start Windows 7

I coudnt find a way to add a custom links in start menu, I only managed to insert some default links as: My Computer, Control Panel etc. I want to add my own links to the Start menu, is this ...
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Most common locations for shortcuts on Windows (Start Menu, Desktop, Quick Launch…)

I'm searching for the most common locations for a user's shortcuts, that are quickly accessible, like the Desktop, Start Menu and Quick Launch. This should work from XP on through to 8.1. I'm ...
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Where are the Windows Start Menu settings stored?

When installing windows on a new PC, it's kind of annoying to go through all the start menu options and update them with sane (in my opinion) options either from a screenshot or from another machine ...
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How to remove StartIsBack without access to system?

StartIsBack made my system unusable (start menu is constantly flashing, can't access anything). Therefore, I can't remove this program via uninstall. How can I remove it from system files via other ...
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Pin items or folders to Windows 7 Start Menu with shortcuts in a submenu?

I love pinning shortcuts to my Start Menu in Windows 7. Submenus, like when you hover over Photoshop and see recent docs -or- Firefox and see launch options, seem like a great way to show grouped ...
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Start menu icons move - Windows 8.1

I have the icons on my start menu set to the smallest size, and in a particular order. When I start my machine and login, the order has changed. I have been unable to recreate this issue when shutting ...
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Why does my Start Menu freeze when I open Toad?

I've been having this problem for a while now, but I'm not sure when it started. On my work PC I am running Windows 7 Professional as an admin user. I have Toad for Oracle 9.5.0.31 installed and it ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu: Height does not adapt

Since a couple of days my start menu has a big blank space and just does not collapse. I played around with Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu as well as Number of recent ...
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Windows 8 start menu tile labels disappeared

I had Windows 8 32 bit, when I installed Windows 8 64 bit, this happened! The labels from the start menu tiles disappeared! I have installed the latest graphic card driver for 64 bit from nVidia. But ...
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Taskbar freezes, can't restart explorer.exe

My taskbar occasionally freezes, also, if I end explorer.exe via Task Manager it doesn't seem to restart, it's just gone. How can I fix this? Edit: I noticed this usually happens when I lock my ...
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How do I lock scrolling to left and right in the Apps view in Windows 8.1 Start Menu?

At some point in the past I had my start screen set up so that when I hit the Windows Key and go to the Apps view, I could scroll freely with my mouse wheel and it would only bring me left and right ...
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windows 7 - Where is Menu Start Folder Located? (documents, music, etc.)

I need to know WHERE THE MENU START FOLDER IS LOCATED I mean this menu : Where is its folder located? (path) I would like to do some stuff, like add my custom folders to this menu, as normal ...
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Search in Start menu is working but does not display any characters

If I press the Start button I can see the Start menu as it was before. But if I point the mouse at the search string the cursor doesn't change it self from arrow to text cursor. If I start to print ...
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Windows 8.1 start screen and menu [duplicate]

Many people hate windows 8 screen showing up at the very start-up, and miss the menu, but to me, task bar without start-menu looks better. In windows 8.1, we can choose the option whether to show the ...