make start menu more like xp

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  1. mickeypatel mur

    mickeypatel mur New Member

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    Keyboard shortcuts are very important to my computer use, which brings up a small but annoying problem I've been having in Windows 7.

    In XP I was able to place a shortcut to a program or even to a particular file on my Start Menu. If I then renamed the shortcut on the start menu with a unique initial character, I could start a program or access a particular file simply by hitting the Start key and then an initial. For example, for my most common Microsoft Word file, I need only hit Start and then the letter x, and up pops my most commonly used file.

    In Windows 7 when I try this I am delayed while Windows performs some sort of search for items starting with an x. In a moment or two, it discovers there is only one such item, and it offers me this item in a list and I must hit enter to get the item to come up.

    The negative effect of this is still more pronounced when I start a new session and I know how want to open say three separate files/applications. In XP I can do this very quickly if the names I gave the shortcuts are unique. (And even if I have multiple items, say starting with the letter m, the Start men lets me essentially choose which m item I want by repeatedly hitting m. Very quickly, I learn that such and such file is: Start>mm>enter.)

    So my question is: is there a way to tell the Window 7 Start Menu to behave like the XP Start Menu, at least in this regard?
     
  2. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Since I can't really duplicate your need, I could suggest the following:

    If you are trying to open files in something like Excel, you know about the flyout menu that will contain recently opened files..

    If you right click a utility in the Taskbar, it will open a window with recently used items.

    And a Winkey +1 (or 2-?) will open a utility on the Taskbar directly.

    And you can set key combinations to start shortcuts.
     
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  3. mickeypatel mur

    mickeypatel mur New Member

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    Sounds potentially interesting, though I generally disable "recently opened files" as a privacy issue. But I'm afraid I am not able to follow these instructions. Can someone clarify, perhaps with more specific steps?

    Or, what I'm really looking for is a way to tell Win7 that when I put a shortcut link on the start menu with a unique first character say x, or 3, when I hit Windows Key and then x or 3 that item opens. Can Win7 be told to do this?
     
  4. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    I'm not sure whether this will affect what you are trying to do but I've used.....

    Classic Shell

    Classic Shell | Download Classic Shell software for free at SourceForge.net

    ..ever since I started using Windows 7.
    I think it makes the start menu and Windows Explorer work a lot better.

    You could give it a try, it changes the way the menus work, maybe it will help.


    Another way to quickly access common files is to use...

    RocketDock

    RocketDock - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
    I have files (like the one I,m getting these links from) on mine, one click and the file is open.
    I also have all my everyday programs on it.

    Mike
     

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