Questions tagged [start-menu]

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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Windows 10 Start Menu (click & Win-Key), Search and Notification Area not working [with Solution] [closed]

I'm a new user to this forum and can not answer to a already existing thread. This is why I'm opening a new one. This Solution should work IF e.g. the Windows Key does not work with your user Account ...
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Start Menu will not show up after changing user home in Windows 10

I followed the recommendations in https://superuser.com/a/1190369/1335510 and updated the user home from C:\Users\MyUser tp D:\Users\MyUser. I moved all the files with an admin user. I can log in with ...
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How do I change the function of shutdown to sleep in start menu?

I'd like to change the function of shutdown to sleep in start menu. The start menu will show shutdown but upon clicking it the pc will go to sleep. Is it possible? Also, I'm aware that the power ...
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Critical Error - Your Start menu isn't working. We'll try to fix it the next time you sign in

I need help. I see this error message whenever I click start menu icon: Long story short, I am a Windows 10 tinkerer and installed 600+ programs and made numerous tweaks to my Windows 10 operating ...
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Powershell Error Re: M$ Advice Thread (Windows 10 Start Menu Suddenly very slow. Also Firefox (not other browsers) Fresh 'Reset' of Windows

I had to 'Reset' my Windows and I opted to 'keep my files'. I did Disk Cleanup to remove the old.windows files. Before I had the problem, Windows was extremely snappy and quick even after a year or ...
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Where is the Windows 10 Start Menu button icon stored?

Where does Windows 10 store the icon(s) for the Start Menu button? I mean the icons used for the button on the taskbar that opens the start menu. They look like this (dark and light themes, ...
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Some shortcuts in Windows start menu have wrong (always dark) background

In my Windows start menu, I have several Chrome shortcuts (Gmail, Outlook, Teams, OneDrive, To Do). They all have the same background, except To Do. How can I make To Do also have a light background? ...
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How do I set a custom keyboard shortcut to open the Start menu in Windows 10?

I use both Windows and macOS, probably macOS more frequently. When using my Windows laptop muscle-memory has me hitting AltSpace to bring up Searchlight to launch programs. In Windows you can get the ...
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Start Menu shortcuts located in %ProgramData% aren't displayed in Start Menu

Maybe the title is a little confusing, but it is really a simple issue, the Start Menu items for the .lnk files located at "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" ("C:\...
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Windows 10 fully transparent Start Menu

I have looked for literally hours to find a way to make my Start Menu fully transparent but i was not able to find a way(everything I found online did not work). Is anyone able to help me?
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Remove Windows 10 UWP Apps From Start Menu without Uninstalling

In Windows 10, we can navigate to one of two directories containing shortcuts in a folder structure that is used to generate the "Start" menu. C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\...
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“Contacts (People)” application does not appear in the Start Menu / Windows 10

I have Windows 10 20H2 installed, and recently out of necessity, I had to "forcefully" uninstall the Contacts (People) application, through PowerShell using the following command: remove-...
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How can I actually remove New tags from Start Menu in Windows 10 20H2?

I am using Windows 10 version 20H2 Professional Edition (x86_64), and I have installed many programs (appwiz.cpl currently says there are 146 programs installed, and I am going to install hundreds (...
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How to disable web search in search icon windows 10

Go to Windows Defender Firewall settings > Advanced setting > Outbound rules> Windows Search > properties > block the connection > apply > ok. This is working for me. 100%. Any ...
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Windows 10 1809 LTSC startmenu and actioncenter broken

We are using Windows 10 LTSC build 1809 for our industrial systems. Recently they all got updated and since then the start menu and also action center won't open anymore. Also key combinations don't ...
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Keep Windows 10 start menu open when opening programs

To start off with: Holding the Windows key while clicking an app does not work (for me, that is). I often need to open multiple programs at once from the start menu, which quickly turns into a tedious ...
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Windows 10 start menu not calculating simple math expressions

I have a couple of computers with windows 10 and on most of them typing a simple expression like 12*5 results in displaying the calculator and I find this extremely helpful. Look at screenshot #1 ...
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How do I create a folder in start menu?

I just installed a virtual audio cable software that came with away too many utilities that are now all over the app list in the start menu. Is there a way to create a folder to group them in, just ...
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How to completely remove the Start menu button from the Windows Taskbar?

How can one completely remove the Start menu button from the Windows 7 taskbar? Note, that I'm not concerned about the Start menu still being available via Ctrl+Esc and other techniques. I simply ...
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Why does thumbnail from deleted photo still shows up in the Photos tile in Windows 10?

I deleted a photo on Windows 10 and emptied the trash. Now, the photo still appears in the Microsoft Photos tile in the start menu. How can I remove it there? Is there a thumbnail trailing somewhere? ...
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Windows10: Import the start menu of an existing user account to a new user account

Can I import my Windows 10 start menu from a broken user account into a new user account? If I still have the old user account's folder in C:\users\old_account.
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What is the “Genuine” and “Program” process in windows 10 startup?

I went to check what if I had anything fishy in the startup of windows 10 and I saw this: I disabled them since I don't know what they are, is it anyhting I should be worried about?
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Pinned Shortcuts after new Software Release

we have a application which is pinned to all users' startmenu. When I export the layout config I can see that the pinned shortcut is referenced to the shortcut: <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size=&...
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I don't have a startup folder

I'm trying to make a file startup every time I turn my computer on, but I don't have a startup folder, I did Win + R and then typed in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup, but ...
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where does Microsoft Store put Start Menu entries?

I have several Microsoft Store programs installed. For example, MineSweeper is installed via Microsoft Store. Looking my Start Menu, I can see those installed programs, including MineSweeper which is ...
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Center the Windows Quick Link Menu on the screen?

The Windows Quick Link Menu can be invoked with the keyboard shortcut WIN+X. However, it always opens in the LEFT-BOTTOM CORNER of the screen. Is it possible to customize the Windows Quick Link Menu ...
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Fix broken app icons in taskbar when launched from Start Menu

Windows-1 64-bit Home, 20H2 I don't know whether this is an issue with any specific version of Windows, but since the 20H2 update I chose to remove all my apps pinned to the taskbar and pin them to ...
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How to pin .lnk files to taskbar in PowerShell?

I have seen many similar questions posted on stackoverflow.com, but this is different, and before you are wondering, why don't I post the question on stackoverflow.com? Because I am currently banned ...
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Windows search suddenly not allowing typing

The problem is a bit difficult to describe, but the start menu search has suddenly started not allowing me to type more than a character or two. I can't even click the search bar and input more, it ...
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How to remove the Pinned tiles in Start Menu

In Windows 10, every time I open the start menu, I come across the section "Pinned Tiles" Is there a way to remove this section or to assign as default the section "All apps",
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Start menu items without “Open file location” option to them: how to rename? (Windows 10)

Just upgraded my wsl Ubuntu distro to 20.10 "by hand"; the start menu entry name remained "Ubuntu 20.04 LTS" and I would like to rename it accordingly. How to do it? The problem is ...
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Why are default Start Menu folders read-only in Windows 7?

The default Start Menu folders in Windows 7 are marked as read-only. When installers create new Start Menu folders (or the user manually creates new ones), they are not marked as read-only. The ...
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Windows SandBox is missing from Start Menu

I am running Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004 build 19041.630 on an Intel Core i7 laptop ASUS N552VW. A month or more ago I activated Windows SandBox in the Windows Features dialog and successfully ...
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Start menu shortcuts and settings not appearing in start menu search

When I start for Windows settings, such as personalisation, nothing appears. Additionally, shortcuts located in these two locations %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs %AppData%\...
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How can I hide the number of new apps on the “All Apps” icon of the start menu?

Can the number 3 in the image be hidden?
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How to show more than 4 applications matching a search string in the Windows Start menu (Windows 7)?

In Win7, how can you show more than 4 apps matching a search string entered into the Start menu's "Search programs and files" input field when Control Panel items also match the search ...
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Windows Icons Font is missing

It seems my windows 10 icon font is missing or deleted. How to restore? what is the name of the font?
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Windows 10 Start Menu search not working

My automatic Windows updates kept failing, so I installed the latest Windows 10 update from Microsoft (in-place upgrade). But now, my Start Menu search doesn't work at all, and my search inside an ...
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Custom Start Menu not applying to any user

We have a custom Windows 10 Start Menu created on a fresh system, we exported that layout to a shared drive, created a GPO that pushes that layout to all PC's local C drive and also created a GPO that ...
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Quickly Launch application by pressing Windows Key and start typing app Name

Until recently, I was able to launch applications quickly by bringing up that start menu in Windows 10 by pressing the Window key, and then I would start typing the name. Windows seemed to ...
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How to uninstall/remove “Snipping Tool” from start menu

Is there a way to uninstall/remove Snipping Tool so only Snip and Sketch appears when I search for "snip" in the Start Menu? Microsoft made "Snip and Sketch" to replace "...
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Windows 10 File Explorer has a duplicate name

The problem is that the File Explorer app seems to have the wrong name "File Explorer (1)" instead of just "File Explorer" in the startmenu. Its like that for a time now, but it ...
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Windows 10 search opening in full screen (win+q)

I have noticed recently that sometimes my Windows 10 search menu (the one that is opened using WIN + Q) opens in full screen as you can see in the image below (large image): When I open the start ...
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Windows 10 / MS-Word / missing list of recently edited files under Start Menu / right-click

I have MS-Office apps "pinned" to my Start menu. MS-Word used to show the list of recently opened files when I right-clicked on the Word icon. Now it doesn't. How do I get it back?? ...
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Start menu won't automatically close after launching program on Windows 10

When I open Start menu and launch a program from it with a left click. It stays opened and doesn't automatically close like it used to. How can I fix this?
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shortcuts to program do not work win 10 home

When I press the start key at the bottom left corner and press the first letter of the program the suggestion does not pop up anymore FOr example before if I wanted to run livezilla program I would ...
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How to get both Command Prompt and PowerShell in the Win-X menu?

I would like to have both Command Prompt AND PowerShell listed in the Windows-X menu (the same one that opens when you right-click on the Start button). I have found guides explaining how to switch ...
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Start menu wont close when running apps as administrator

On my new laptop (Lenovo P53) the start menu will not close after using it to run any program as administrator (either with mouse right click menu or keyboard ctrl-shift-enter). The UAC dialog pops up,...
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Why does Premiere Pro have a different tile color than anything else? (Windows 20H2)

Premiere Pro is the only application that has a light-gray tile, rather than having a dark gray like all other apps. How can I fix this, it's irritating to look at. I've tried replicating the ...
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Cant search for things in the start menu Windows 10

If I try to search for stuff using the start menu, nothing happens. The mouse will flicker with the spinner. If I turn on the search box, typing in it will cause it to immediately reject what I typed ...

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