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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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how to disable ctrl+esc shortcut windows 10 [duplicate]

Pressing ctrl+esc opens the windows start menu.. I'd like to disable this shortcut but still have normal functionality of ctrl and esc individually. Is this possible?
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How do I stop Windows 10 Aero Snap keyboard shortcuts from opening the start menu?

When I use the Aero Snap hotkeys (e.g. Win + Left for snapping a window) sometimes the Start Menu pops open, taking focus away from the window I just positioned and not bringing up the other window ...
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“Recent” lists on start and taskbar despite turning it off

Since updating to Windows 10 1809, right clicking on start and taskbar icons shows a list of recent documents. When going to Settings, Personalization, Start, and then checking and unchecking "Show ...
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Confusing start menu in Windows 10

The start menu on my laptop with Windows 10 is super confusing, since it contains plenty of icons that refer to software that is not even installed. This might have something to do with the laptop ...
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How can I remove the infopane when viewing Windows 10 start menu search results?

My apologies if this is a duplicate - I've had a lot of trouble finding information about this elsewhere, or even a screenshot of what I'm talking about. When I search for a program in the Windows 10 ...
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Cortana disabled using applocker startmenu issue

We are using applocker to block our devices to search for files with Cortana. When we create a rule for this, all apps and tiles in the Start menu appear grayed out or dithered the first time the ...
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My applications shortcuts aren't up to date in the start menu

I have an indexation issue with application shortcuts, some removed applications still appear while some installed are simply not in the start menu. In the Indexation option window I have the start ...
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All the shortcut icons (desktop / Start Menu / taskbar) are plain white w/ folded corner

First, this is a work computer on a domain, and we're seeing this across all profiles, including the local Administrator profile. The shortcuts do work, they just don't display the icons. I'm sure y'...
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Organising the Windows 10 Start Menu - Cannot move (or delete) Groove Music icon

On my new Windows 10 (v1803) PC there are a bunch of strange pre-installed applications, like Groove Music. These clutter up the Start Menu > All Apps list with no hierarchy, just all on the same ...
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How to group tiles in the startmenu on Windows 10?

Before downvoting, please read the post. I'm using Windows 10 v1803, and I noticed by accident that you can group tiles to a folder. I have tiles, set their size to small, and then I dragged one ...
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How do I get the second panel back in Windows search?

I recently upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. Among other features I noticed that now when I search for things from the start menu like applications another panel that I wasn't seeing before appears. It's ...
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Windows search stopped working

I'm using Windows 10 Anniversary Update and recently the Windows search feature has stopped working. I think it was due to some copying / cutting around some of the file in my AppData or something (...
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Cannot remove icon from Start menu on Windows 10

I removed the Windows Store versions of Office so I could install them from the installer, but the store version of PowerPoint still is on my start menu. I have tried googling on how to remove it, but ...
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Can I set the Start Menu in Full-Screen Mode to open “All Apps” by default?

When I open the start menu in Windows 10, by default it shows me the "Pinned Tiles". I don't have any pinned tiles, so this is just a blank menu. Can I tell windows to default to "All Apps" instead? ...
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How to set a customized and editable start menu layout using PowerShell on Windows 10?

I'm trying to set a flexible initial start layout for new users by running a PowerShell script after setting up their accounts. I can't enforce this through group policies because it wouldn't allow ...
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How do I restore Windows 10 Start button functionality?

Although this question seems like a dupe of this and this, the accepted answers to those questions did not work for me. Those questions/answers are a few years old now, so my problem that happens to ...
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Windows Start Menu folder structure

Can someone explain how the Windows 10 Start Menu works? I have installed Autodesk Revit 2019, and the shortcuts are in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Autodesk\Revit 2019. But in ...
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Preventing Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10 from Deletion

Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10 seems to automatically clear so it can give room for newcomers after some period. But I want the items in the list to never get auto-deleted so when I ...
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Enable/disable windows 10 start menu search with additional options pane

Recently I did an upgrade to my windows 10 PC and got the new 1803 update. Along with that I received a new start menu search screen that appeared a couple of weeks after the update that will show ...
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Configure Windows 10 Explorer settings via GPO (Personal folder, Start Menu folders)

We're currently rolling out Windows 10, and trying to configure GPOs for ease of use for student accounts. As part of that, we're looking at forcing users to save to their Home Folders (H: drives). ...
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Prevent Microsoft Office from auto-populating Start Menu

So I'm new to Windows 10, and I'm using Classic Shell (which latches onto the Windows-native Start Menu infrastructure) in order to be able to have an old-style Start Menu which I find much more ...
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Autohotkey disable Fn+Win key

Here's the script to disable windows start menu, but allow modifiers, it works as intended: LWin & vk07::return LWin::return I want to disable Fn+Win key, because it's opening windows start menu....
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Windows 10 Start Menu Searches No Longer Show File Details

Just a day or two ago when I searched for a file or folder with the Windows 10 start menu it would come up with a double column panel of the search results. On the left it had a list of "matches" and ...
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How can I get rid of 'blank' versions of MS Office apps from the Start Menu?

I have a new Windows 10 computer (a Surface Go). I think it may have come with stub versions of Office. I've installed office and now my Start Menu looks like this: Clicking on the blank entries ...
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how to change folder names in Windows 10 start menu

Is there a way to change the names of start menu folders in Windows 10? For example rename "windows accessories" to "accessories"? All I found so far is how to change single programs, folders etc. ...
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Start Menu wont open and Windows defender wont start

Pressing the Windows key or clicking on the windows logo does not open the start menu suddenly on my Dell Optiplex PC running Windows 10. Also, if I try and run Windows Defender, it starts to open ...
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How to show taskbar without showing start menu?

How do we show just the taskbar without showing start menu? In case where you are fullscreen, doing some work and suddenly have to jump to taskbar to switch to another program or to use a utility ...
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Windows 10 - Changing the “Show the most used apps” to “On” through Registry/GPO

Enviroment: Windows 10 Enterprise 1803 I am aware that the "Show the most used apps" can be controlled through the "Start Settings" however i am interested in setting this through registry/GPO. My ...
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UWP apps: Blank icons in start menu [duplicate]

All of my UWP app icons are blank/empty/missing in the start menu search only. They appear correct in the start menu list itself, in settings. Some are missing in the taskbar as well, some are not. I ...
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Using Windows shortcut with 'cmd /c start' not the same as from console

I'm using this method to launch Anaconda Prompt 32-bit version "open a regular command prompt, figure out where miniconda got installed, cd to the miniconda\Scripts directory and type "activate". ...
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Setting DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures creates bad tiles on start menu

I'm pushing a generic, Win10 Enterprise v1709 WIM via SCCM OSD, except for one problem. When a user logs in, they get all the consumer apps on the start menu (which I don't want). If I add a line: ...
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Windows 10 - Updating Background for Start Icons/Pins

Requesting information on how to change background color of Start Pins in Windows 10. An example would be changing from the blue background to black (example image: VS Code with black and VS 2017 with ...
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Task Manager appears on the screen by Windows 10 startup

Is it possible to run TASK Manager using the startup functions of Windows 10 so that it automatically appears on the screen when Windows starts?
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Items pinned in startup layout are gone in every restart

I installed windows 10 1803 version recently. My pinned items from startup layout are gone every time i restart pc. I pinned control panel & only this does not disappear.
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some start menu icons on Windows 10 are sometimes Blank

i am using windows 10 version 1803 and some of my start menu icons are sometimes blank. Not my Windows icons but some icons from installed program.
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How can I make Notepad++ appear when I type “notepad”?

I installed Notepad++ on Windows 10 and set it as the default .txt file editor. However, when I open the start menu and type "notepad" I still get regular Notepad as the top result; Notepad++ is a ...
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Windows 10 & metro apps start menu icons on search

I've been having this problem since a few months, it's very similar to this: Blank start menu icons on Windows 10 but yet a bit different, i of course tried the proposed solutions there but nothing ...
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How to create a real time refresh of windows 10 Start menu

With the help of this forum and Stack Overflow I have created a modular Powershell script that generates a start menu and taskbar XML to be used by group policy on Windows 10 Pro v1703. On it's own it ...
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How to stop duplicate names showing up on windows start menu?

I've recently just removed the "Documents" folder shortcut in the windows 10 start menu. However when I tried to put it back on the start menu it came back as "Documents (2)". There are definitely no ...
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Show File Explorer in Start Menu programatically

On Windows 10 it is possible to turn on an icon in the start menu for the file explorer by going to settings/personalization/start/choose which folders appear on start/file explorer. I want to be ...
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Start>Run doesn't launch desired exe despite PATH

On Windows 10 I use the old (WinXP) pbrush.exe instead of the new "ribbon UI" version (never mind why; that is not the question). I had to obtain the old exe from an XP image and keep it in a separate ...
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Broken jump lists on Windows 10

I have noticed that all my taskbar and start menu jump lists are broken. They are broken in a very specific way: The items show up, but clicking them does nothing (clicking dismisses the jump list, ...
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Removing the Settings and Search shortcut from the start menu applications list

I want to remove all the default Windows 10 applications from the start menu list, and I have managed every single one except for the Settings shortcut and the search shortcut. Is it possible to ...
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Application specific frequently used items in Windows 10 Start menu

I am missing the Windows 7 Start menu feature in Windows 10 that shows application-specific last used items for every pinned application in the Start menu and where you can pin some frequently used ...
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Removing non-installed entries from Windows 10 start menu [closed]

I just got a laptop with Windows 10 Home, pre-installed by Lenovo, and I noticed the following entries in my start menu (notice in particular that Candy Crush, Disney and Dolby have no icons): I'd ...
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How can I quickly navigate through the Windows 10 Start menu App list?

I have dozens of programs and folders in the Start menu App list: It takes forever to scroll all the way down to launch a particular program. I'm not willing to remove some of these items. I'd ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu on Domain Computers

I've looked at a lot of links and people's ideas but not sure what to do. We have 3 clients starting to roll Windows 10 computers in a domain environments. Two out of three have lost functionality ...
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windows 10 start menu pinned onto one of my screens?

I know it is uncommon but I liked the windows 8 start screen, as I display it on a second screen to have my apps updated with dynamic tiles. I would like to know if it would be possible to have the ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu Search Indexing Fields (Filename only? Apparently not!)

So here's a question that I haven't been able to find the answer to anywhere: What field(s) does Windows 10 use to index files by whenever performing a start menu search? The obvious answer would be ...
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Win10 Full Screen Start Menu:Show BOTH All Apps List AND Tiles At The Same Time

I can see both the All Apps List and Tiles when the Start Menu is not in full screen mode, but when I switch to full screen view, Win10 forces the user to chose between viewing EITHER the tiles, OR ...