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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 do I turn off Modern UI and get the old Start Menu back in Windows 8?

I just bought a new Windows 8 laptop, but I want to get rid of the new "Modern UI" Start Screen, and get the old Start Menu back. How do I do this?
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Increase the number of 'Most used' applications in Windows 10

How can I increase the number of applications which are displayed under 'Most used' from the default 6 apps?
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How to fix missing icons in the taskbar and start menu? [duplicate]

I installed Visual Studio 2012 yesterday and during the install my path somehow got screwed up1. Since then, the icons for applications that are part of Windows are the default "unknown" icon, but ...
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Can't Pin Some Applications to Start Menu in Windows 10

When I right click on certain shortcut and click "Pin to Start Menu," it does not appear on my start menu. When I right click them again it still says "Pin to..." instead of "Unpin...".The thing is ...
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Where are ALL locations of Start Menu folders in Windows 10?

I am trying to fix start menu damage after windows 10 install.Currently, I removed all files from known locations of start menu files, but still have some entries in Start Menu.Here is the proof ...
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How do I restore the start menu after killing explorer.exe?

In Windows 7 64 bit, I killed explorer.exe, and then via the task manager do file->run "."This method has always caused the start menu to reappear, but right now it doesn't.After killing a rogue ...
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Is “Recent Documents” no longer provided in Windows 10 Start Menu?

I can find recent items settings, but these seem to only let me see recent items opened on a per-app basis i.e. I can look at my Microsoft Word icon and see recent documents opened by Word.I can't ...
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How to shut down a Windows 8.1 Pro computer in remote session?

When you right click the Windows 8.1 "start" button, you get some options to quickly perform common tasks, e.g. to shut down, reboot, or put the computer to sleep.But when you're using the computer ...
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Where do Start Menu\All Programs shortcuts reside?

What is the Windows 7 equivalent of each these Windows XP locations?C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\C:\Documents ...
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Windows 10 Settings not indexed

In Windows 10, when I search from the Start Menu or Settings, only Control Panel results appear, but not the new Windows 10 settings. For example, if I type "update", the search results are "Update ...
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Add programs to start menu search without adding a tile

In Windows 7, I had many portable software programs like KeePass, PDF X-change, or Chrome application shortcuts that I used the portable version rather than full install. With these I was able to add ...
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Blank start menu icons on Windows 10

My start menu icons look like this:I'm using Windows 10 from Windows 7.How can I make the normal icons appear (not just the shown generic blank icons)?
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Start button doesn't work anymore

I'm using Windows 8.1. I don't know why, but the start button doesn't work properly anymore. In order to open the Start screen I have to use the keyboard shortcut, which is really annoying me.For ...
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Windows 10: Pin an item to left side of Start Menu?

Has anyone figured out how to pin an item to the left side of the start menu? Articles online about this are referencing an older version of 10 where this was possible.No matter the size of Start, ...
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Renaming a start menu Item in Windows 10

In Windows 10, how can I rename a Start Menu Item?In Windows 7, I could click on the start menu, then right-click on "All Program" and I would get a menu that popped up saying "Open All Users" and ...
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How do I get Windows 10 Start Menu to tree all the folders?

In previous versions of Windows (95-7), you could tree folders in the Start Menu. In other words, you could have the Start Menu\Applications folder (now "All Apps") and have folder work and folder ...
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How to remove all the tiles in the Windows 10 start menu?

A common problem I have is that I have a new PC that I'll be using for a while. And pretty much every Windows 10 PC I've used (even work PCs) have a ton of junk I don't want in the start menu in the ...
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How can I revert back to the old Start menu in Windows 8 Preview?

I don't like the new Metro UI.Is there any way to get rid of the new Metro UI in Windows 8 Preview and go back to the old Aero UI with its' Start Menu?
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Some start menu shortcuts are missing on Windows 10

Not sure when this started happening but some time after upgrading to Windows 10 I noticed some of my search results were not showing up with what I wanted. For instance, when I searched for Word 2013 ...
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Disable all apps column in Windows 10 after anniversary update

The anniversary update added a column with all the programs/apps installed on my computer. How do I disable it?This question is different from "Can I enable the Windows 7 Start menu in Windows 10?", ...
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How can I set a custom image as the Windows 8 Start Menu background?

I was talking to a developer the other day and they hit the Windows key to show their start menu - and there it was! A Calvin and Hobbes background to their Start Menu. Does anyone know how I can ...
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How to fix / refresh start menu in Windows 10? How to add / remove / edit items in bulk?

I have my Start Menu completely damaged after upgrading to Windows 10. Some items are absent another ones are wrong or unneeded.You can search my other questions for proofs if you don't believe....
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How to get Chrome favicons to appear in Windows 10 start menu?

I use Chrome's More tools > Add to desktop... feature a lot to pin webapp shortcuts to my desktop and taskbar and have them open in a separate chromeless window.This works great, but when I pin the ...
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Start Menu search is very slow in Windows 8.1

Not sure what is causing this and was wondering if anyone else had this problem with any way to fix it? It takes about 2-5 seconds after hitting the windows key and starting to type for the search bar ...
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How to change default size of tile when using “Pin to Start” in Windows 10?

When using "Pin to Start" option in Windows 10 all tiles are set to default size which is "Medium". Is there any way to change the default size to "Small"?I know that I can change that manually. ...
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Hibernate from start menu without disabling hybrid sleep?

It's not something I do often, but yesterday I had to pop out unplanned for a while - a little too long to leave the PC sat on or asleep - and wanted to save what I was in the middle of doing by ...
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How do I get the list of defined shortcut keys in the Start menu?

How can I find out which keyboard shortcuts are defined inside the Start menu? And what shortcuts they are assigned to?Platform: Windows XP SP2 64 bit.Example:I open my main Visual Studio ...
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Can I increase the width of the All Apps section of Windows 10's Start Menu?

The default width of the All Apps section is so small that several similarly named folders are not discernible any more. Is there a way to make it wider?The new start menu is so buggy and lacks ...
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How do I mark all items in the Start Menu as “not new”?

How do I mark all items in the Start Menu as "not new"?There are a half-dozen programs in my start menu (at least) that aren't really that new but it thinks they are because I "haven't used them yet"...
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Show Windows 8 Start Menu on the primary monitor

I'm having the issue where the Windows 8 Start Menu shows up on the secondary monitor instead of the primary. When booting the machine the start menu appears originally on the primary screen as it ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu Stops Working

I recently upgraded to windows 10 on my daily driver laptop and I have liked it so far except for one thing. Randomly the windows menu decides to stop working when I press the windows key or I press ...
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Windows 10 Start-Search not behaving well

I've made a habit of making a 'Search Helpers' folder and dropping it in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Search Helpers. I fill this folder with shortcut icons to make Start-...
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Is it possible to keep Windows start menu search from accessing the internet?

I have just set up a new PC with a fresh installation of Windows 10. The PC is connected to my company's network, and must make use of a proxy server to connect to the internet, because of company ...
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Windows 10 tile layout in Start Menu resets after reboot

Note: I will be answering this question myself to help other peoplewho come across this problem in the future. Feel free to submit yourown answers if you want, I know that other people have had ...
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My Start button turned into a plain gray text “Start” button. How can I fix this?

I don't know how it happened, but my Start button has turned to plain text instead of the Windows logo. I don't even know how to Google this problem:Anyone know what could cause this and how I can ...
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Start menu duplicate Shortcuts

After the last Windows update (Creators Update) I have a serious problem in the start menu...Some shortcuts are duplicate.So far I tried various methods without any luck:Remove from start (I ...
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Windows 10 ShellExperienceHost crashes

I recently cloned my Windows 10 partition from HDD to SSD. I cannot open the Start Menu, Notifications, or anything that uses ShellExperienceHost. This includes things like the Calculator app, Edge ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu Dividers

Is it possible to put dividers in the Windows 7 start menu? If so, how? I'd like to put dividers in the same location as the red line.
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How do I add a new program to the Start Menu?

I just added the latest version of the Eclipse IDE to my computer. Eclipse is distributed as a ZIP file, so I unzipped it into a directory in C:\Program Files like I've done for past versions of ...
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Windows 10 Taskbar Icon Highlight Sticks

The problem is when, for some reason, I accidentally Right-Alt Right-clicked an icon in the taskbar. And that causes to freeze the highlighting on any icon that is selected from the taskbar. I managed ...
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Add programs to Windows 7 Start Menu search

I have some of my programs installed under D:\Program FilesI added this path in the "Indexing Options" and now when i type in the search box of start menu does show files from these folders, but ...
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Can I add a folder to the right side of the Start Menu in Windows 7?

I have a backup folder under D:\ and I download and keep everything there. I want to access it quickly like My Documents, so I am asking:Is it possible to add a folder to Windows 7 start menu below ...
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Add a submenu to the start menu in Windows 7

How can I add a submenu to the start menu in Windows 7?In the right-click menu on a shortcut under “All Programs”, there is a “Pin to Start Menu” entry. That's exactly what I want, but it only ...
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How to add new item to the Windows 10 “All Apps” section [duplicate]

I want to add a new item (in this particular case a shortcut to Putty SSH client) to my Windows 10's All Apps section. I have already found out that I can "Pin to Start" any item, however, this will ...
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How to hide labels in Windows 10 Start menu (tiles)?

I've recently read some nice registry trick about hiding the taskbar labels in Windows 10 (together with "never combine" option).I want to do the same to the start tiles. I mean: there already are ...
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Windows 10 Anniversary update: Search bar doesn't work after update

After I did the Windows 10 Anniversary update 1607 (Dutch, so no Cortana), my search bar in start menu stopped working.When I click the start menu and start typing something, it either closes ...
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Windows 10 taskbar not working

Everything was fine, and suddenly, the start menu button, including everything else on the taskbar, stopped working. I can right click on start button but if I try clicking volume, battery, action ...
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Windows 10 - Can't open apps I search for in the start menu

I had a massive issue where my start menu wouldn't load at all but I fixed that by creating a new user account. The start menu works it's just when I search for something I can't actually click the ...
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Ctrl+Shift+Enter to “Run as Admin” works on “Desktop app” programs but not “Run command” programs

Main QuestionStandalone .exe utility programs that I have on my computer, when run from the Start menu using the Ctrl+Shift+Enter keyboard shortcut, do not as administrator. Instead, the program ...
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Is there a way for a folder pinned to the start menu have a sub menu listing files?

This question deals with how to pin folders in Windows 7 and Vista since its not enabled by default.I would like to see if its possible to take this one step further and see if I can pin a folder ...

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