Is there a way to automatically expand the "All Programs" in the Windows 7 Start Menu by not clicking it?
If you're wanting something that behaves like the classic Start Menu, try the following link, which sets up a menu on the taskbar, using the little known Toolbars feature on the Windows 7 taskbar: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/888-quick-launch-enable-disable.html
It's a well put together web page. I've only a few points to add:
- There's no way to get the quick launch menu using the keyboard.
- It doesn't have to be called "Quick Launch". You can reference any directory you like, even a server directory.
What I've decided to do is to link to my "Start Menu" directory, so looking back at step 2 on the above web page, instead of linking to:
%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
... instead enter:
This way, everything that is in your personal "Start Menu" directory is accessible from both Start button and the customised taskbar menu you've just set up. The advantage of this approach is that the shortcuts added to the "Start Menu" directory are available in "All Programs", "Search programs and files", and from your customised taskbar menu.
This "Search programs and files" feature in Windows 7 Start is quite powerful, because it shortlists all your shortcuts under the "Start Menu" directory, simply by typing some part of their filename.
This program does that: http://code.google.com/p/all-programs-auto-expander/