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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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Taskbar menu like Start menu, search bar, Windows Defender etc won't respond on clicking

Start menu, search option, windows defender are not responding on click. Defender gets opened and then closes. I have tried - Restarting windows explorer from task manager. Created other user profile. ...
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How to run a command from the "Start" (Search) menu in Windows 11?

In Windows 10 I did write this command in the search menu (Win + Q) shutdown -h to hibernate. In Windows 11 the same command does not work (it does work otherwise). It seems that the command is ran in ...
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Windows 10 keeps navigating upwards on the Start Menu and on the settings menu, but not in other apps

I have an unusual problem on my Windows 10 device. When I try to use the Start Menu or the Settings menu, the system behaves as if I'm constantly holding the up arrow key. Here's a video of this ...
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Menulibre crashes cinnamon: Keeps starting in fallback mode

I created a new launcher in menulibre. After saving, menulibre crashed into fallback mode. Restarting my computer does not help. The menus are currupted. See the error message here: https://i.stack....
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"Pin to Start" personalization - How? Windows 10 Home

I have a questions on organizing the pins on the start menu. (The list in the left pane and the taskbar, I already know how to manipulate.) Microsoft provides a pre-made group icon containing things ...
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WSL2 / wslg Windows Start menu app - where is the $PATH env pulled from?

I've compiled the latest gnu compiler (11.2) on Ubuntu 20.04. In my~/.bashrc , the directory I have gcc/g++ installed in is pathed. Now, I have compiled R in wsl2 using the gcc 11.2 compiler. Then I'...
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Completely replace Windows 10 Start Menu with a specified program/executable

Is it possible to replace the Windows 10 Start Menu with a different program in the way that ClassicShell/OpenShell does? I am trying to reassign any user input that would open the Start Menu (...
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How to make Windows start menu search for Apps automatically

I don't like having apps on my desktop or pinned to my taskbar, so I open all my apps by pressing the Windows menu key, typing in the app name, then hitting enter once the specific app is selected as ...
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Start menu closes after opening anything from search results

In Windows 10 I could search for something (e.g. photos) by typing partial filename in Start menu and in the list of results displayed there, I could click "Open file location" on the item ...
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Windows 10: How do you find the actual location of programs in the start menu?

I'm trying to convert svg images to png from the command line. I know I can do that using inkscape. But I can't run it because I can't figure out where it is. If I open the start menu and type it, it ...
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How to remove an entry from Windows 11 "best match" suggestion?

I want to open Chrome by hitting Windows, then typing C and it should suggest chrome right then. Yet for some inane reason Chrome Remote Desktop (1) takes precedence. It's a chrome extension I have ...
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Windows 10 Start menu and TaskBar bugs — tiles/icons disappearing or being replaced by other shortcuts

Sometimes, some tile of my Windows 10 Start menu simply disappears permanently. The associated shortcut still exists, but it is no longer shown as a tile. If I right-click the shortcut and select &...
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How to fix Windows 10 app icons in the Start Menu

Some of my Windows apps in the Start Menu are showing up with another (legacy) application's icon--ACDSee's, to be specific. The apps all launch fine, they just have incorrect icons. Also, their icons ...
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Quick way to navigate to tiles on windows 10

I liked using tiles on windows 8.1 and had my frequently used apps at start, I could quickly press windows key and couple arrow keys to launch them. But on windows 10 if I press windows key and try to ...
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No "run as administrator" for Local User and Groups

When I use Windows 10 as a user without admin right (seperate user for this) most of the start menu entries for settings via management console have a right-click action where I can say "start as ...
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Is there any way to remove certain pinned Apps / links from Windows 11 taskbar / start menu with PowerShell?

I need to remove certain pinned Apps (Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Store, Prime Video etc.) from the Windows 11 taskbar and start menu with powershell. I have done lots of Googling but I couldn't find a ...
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How to center the start menu along with the taskbar icons in Windows 10

I am using a Windows 10 (1909) PC and I don’t want to update to Windows 11 (since my PC is unsupported). Is there a way to center the start button or the entire menu to center of the taskbar. I have ...
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Search menu zoomed in

I have recently adjusted my setup (can't have enough monitors, right?). I changed my primary display to one of my external monitors, but now I have one small, but very challenging issue. My search ...
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Under which conditions does the Windows 10 start menu use low level files and folders?

In contrast to former versions of Windows, the start menu of Windows 10 is not entirely and directly based on a directory structure anymore. Instead, there's a process reading those directories under ...
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How to make Windows 10 start menu entries backed by the file system get re-indexed and shown ALL?

In contrast to former versions of Windows, the start menu of Windows 10 is not entirely and directly based on a directory structure anymore. Instead, there's a process reading those directories under ...
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How do I fix two problems the start menu troubleshooter found?

I ran the start menu troubleshooter and it said there was some errors that couldn't be fixed. How can this be fixed? I tried using the following commands in powershell and it didn't help. Get-...
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Accepting Windows start menu search result doesn't dismiss the start menu

On my Windows 10 work machine, if I press the Windows key to open the start menu, type a search term that results in a link to a directory (let's say a link named Source to directory C:\WorkSource) ...
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Windows 10: Limit Start Menu search Folders while indexing other folders

I have a weird situation I am in. I have this one folder which has a large number of subfolders and files inside of it that I need to be able to search through reasonably quickly. Because of this, I ...
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after pressing window key on a keyboard startmenu does not have focus on Windows 10

after pressing window key on a keyboard start menu does not have focus. I have to pres windows key once more - to hide start menu and repeat the process this time it does have focus. This happens in ~...
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Start menu width in WIN 10 cannot be adjusted

Windows 10 Home, Version 21H1 When the TaskBar is on the left side of the screen (always my choice), after open "Start", I cannot adjust the width by mouse dragging. This is not normal. I ...
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How do I disable recommended section on Windows 11 start menu

I want to remove recent files in the start menu : I don't want to use the recommended section in the start menu in Windows 11. Is there a way to remove it? I tried changing a setting but that also ...
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Windows Run Command No Longer Knows How to Open Folders in Certain Locations

One day, my Run Command forgot how to open folders, but only certain folders. Regular folders work fine: But special folders, like ones I access all the time as an engineer, such as %appdata% or C:\...
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Start Menu and Search malfunctioning?

I noticed this randomly start happening on my laptop yesterday, where for some reason, when I open the start menu or search, it starts acting like the up arrow key is being help down: I have no ...
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How can I center Windows 10 start menu position?

As when I was composing this question the site suggested me a similar question that suggests an app called StartOrbMover for Windows 7 that is not updated for Windows 10 and will not function at all. ...
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Critical Error "Start Menu Not Working" - After changing ProfileImagePath through regedit (Windows 10)

My Current Situation : I tried to change the name of the user folder for my main account. Windows Explorer didn't allow me to change the subfolder directly, so I tried changing the path value of ...
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Restore start menu icons removed by Windows 10 update

After rebooting during the night, my Windows 10 Home system installed update KB5003637. I have noticed that the icons for my applications has reverted to the default for an application, e.g. The ...
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Searching in Start menu does not show updated entries and shows deleted entries [duplicate]

I do not like the mess in the Start menu which is caused by applications adding their shortcuts when being installed. So, I regroup only necessary items, adding my own shortcuts, or delete unnecessary ...
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Windows Start button and task bar have stopped responding

Ok, I admit I may be partially at fault for this one. The history of this problem is that my laptop has a hybrid drive, with a lovely big 1TB HDD (as advertised), and a pathetic, tiny little 138 GB ...
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How to delete obsolete thumbnails in Windows 10's Start menu?

If Windows 10's Start menu shows an obsolete thumbnail (i.e. you click it and see empty collections/albums/people/folders), why does it show thumbnails to images that were probably deleted a long time ...
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Mirrored text in start menu and windows applications on laptop with Windows 10

I've got a very weird problem: text in start menu, windows settings and other windows applications is mirrored: it reads from right to left. Even weirder is that text in windows search field, next to ...
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How to customize Taskbar and Start Layout

In my organization we have a conference room computer that everyone will have access to use. I am looking to see if I can adjust some layout options on the taskbar and the start menu. I have already ...
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How can I access Start Menu search functionality over RemoteApp?

I use RemoteApp on a daily basis for accessing remote applications using my local desktop window manager. This has worked very well for me, particularly while working from home during the current ...
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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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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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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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