Customizing the start menu

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  1. dkperez

    dkperez New Member

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    I've only had Windows 7 on my XP machine for about an hour and I already find the start menu "cumbersome".......

    In XP I had program groups under programs. For example there was a Windows Office group that had all the Office programs in it.

    In W7 I have to go to "All Programs" then rummage around until I find the Windows Office group, then open it to get to products. I DON'T want to have to do that........

    How do I put the Windows Office group in the "pin" area or SOMEWHERE on the first screen and have it actually act like a program group? I've tried a couple different methods and they all cause the Windows Office group to open a Windows Explorer instead of just expanding to show the office programs.......

    What do I need to do to get this to work correctly?
     
  2. fjgold

    fjgold New Member

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    I use a freebie called Free Launch Bar that replaces the taskbar like Quick Launch did.
    It allows the creation of menus that you populate with you favorite shortcuts.
    My implementation is to create as many menus as I need (9) and name them by content.
    For instance I have a tools menu that contain only system tools or an imager menu that contains apps like paint, irfanview etc.
    You can assign icons relevant to the content of each menu and populating them is a drag and drop proposition.
    You can also drag and drop individual shortcuts to the Free Launch Bar as well, just like the Quick Launch bar.
    For simplicity sake I plave separators between the menus and allow the program to place little arrow tips to the right of each menu.
    Hover the mouse pointer over a menu provides a tool tip with the name of the menu and clicking opens it.

    Free Launch Bar - Reviews and free Free Launch Bar downloads at Download.com

    If you really want a XP type Start menu then see Vista Start Menu, a neat free app that creates a Vista like tree style start menu.

    Vista Start Menu – Convenient alternative to Start menu

    Works great.

    I use both apps but to tell the truth I rarely use the Start menu, the menus in my Free Launch Bar are most convenient.

    Below is a link to a screenshot showing Vista Start Menu in action

    http://s30.photobucket.com/albums/c338/fjgold/?action=view&current=Slideshow1.jpg


    Below is a link to screen shot of Free Launch Bar with typical menu open.

    http://s30.photobucket.com/albums/c338/fjgold/?action=view&current=Untitled-22.jpg

    Clicking the image will show image full size.
     
  3. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    There's a open source File Manager called Surf.

    It can get into those hidden folders, such as the Start Menu and Send to as an example.

    Open two instances of it, go to the Start menu directory and you can place your shortcuts in any folder. You can also create new folders.

    Just navifate to the C:\users\yourusername\Start Menu
     
  4. dkperez

    dkperez New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I'll have to look at some of the tools.........

    My current problem with the start menu is (again using Office as the example)...

    I don't want all the programs in the pinned area... I want the Office group with the individual programs INSIDE it in the pinned area........ I want to hit "Start" and see "Microsoft Office", click on that and start my program.

    It's not a huge problem with office 'cause there are only a few programs, but I'm a photographer so my "Imaging" group has a lot more programs in it. And I don't want to have to go through the "all programs" then wade through column after column of programs to find the one I'm after..... There's GOTTA be a better, faster way on a system as
    advanced as Windows 7.... I"ll look at the suggested provided.
     

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