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Windows 7: Change Start Menu

16 Jan 2009   #1
djs

Windows RC 7100 x64, Vista Ultimate x64,
 
 
Change Start Menu

I realise that the Classic Start Menu option isn't available, but is there a way to get a menu to open when the mouse is hovered over an item.

All Programs, then point the mouse at a menu item and it expands without the extra clicks that the current default menu needs.

I like to set up (in the classic menu) say. Utilities and Media folders and put program menus that correspond into them. This keeps the start menu tidy.

This would make the menu act more like the Classic Menu which I so much prefer.

I've gone though all of the very helpful tutorials, but havn't found anything to help for this.
David.


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16 Jan 2009   #2
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you tried using the new Libraries to add a new library, then just add a group of folders to the new library so can gain access to multiple folders in one area.
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17 Jan 2009   #3
djs

Windows RC 7100 x64, Vista Ultimate x64,
 
 

Thanks Mr Grim, I'll give that a go.

Back to the tutorials

But back to my question isn't there any way of getting a folder to open by hovering the mouse in the menu ?
I'm almost ashamed to admit, but the very first thing I've always done in the past after a re format, was to change the menu to the classic format, so I'm having to live with the default menu system which I hate.

On further investigation I see that on the, properties, start menu, customization, there is a tick against 'open submenus when I pause on them with the mouse pointer'
Perhaps this is just something that's a 'beta thing' and not working correctly yet.
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17 Jan 2009   #4
johngalt

 

Remember, that is for the start menu only - not in explorer....
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19 Jan 2009   #5
looniam

window 7 build 7048 x64
 
 

i like to have a hierarchy of menus and sub menus myself. i don't know if something like this might help:

make a folder on your desktop and call it utilities. drag it to your start menu, it will open and hover over programs until that opens and drop it in. now drag all your utilities menus and apps and drop them in. they will be alphabetized, if you want them in a different order then number then menus 1 thru 9 along with the name and they will go where you want them.

i like to have high level menus like internet, hardware, audio, video, graphics, along with utilities. keeps the programs menu less cluttered.

i liked the hover effect myself but now i have to click, but in the name of progress, right?

hope that helps.
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19 Jan 2009   #6
djs

Windows RC 7100 x64, Vista Ultimate x64,
 
 

Thanks for the info looniam, that's given me another way to try.

Not having the so easy to use Classic Menu is really annoying. It's SO much easier just to move the mouse through folders until you get to what you want, rather than now, having umpteen clicks and then everything else is buried until you click back to another folder. I hate it.

I so hope some clever person can hack this to get back to an easy to use menu.
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23 Jan 2009   #7
Captain Zoom

Windows 7 32-bit build 7.x
 
 

Not available in the beta.
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23 Jan 2009   #8
ustahl

Win 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Disable the Start Menu Search box?

I too would like to use the Start Menu like the Classic one, but the "Search programs and files" box at the very bottom prevents it.
What I mean is that I would furnish my most used Start Menu shortcuts with a number 0-9, and would then launch them by simply opening the Start Menu by pushing the Window button and then the relevant shortcut number with the keyboard - no laborious mouse clicking!
Unfortunately the search box "steals" the number input meant for the program shortcut.
Is there a way to disable the Start Menu search box? Registry?
I never use that search box for searching anyway, I always search within other folders/libraries, so i could well do without it.
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27 Jan 2009   #9
rgauchey

 
 

I also love the classic start menu. I hope it is included in the final release.
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29 Jan 2009   #10
napilopez

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ustahl View Post
I too would like to use the Start Menu like the Classic one, but the "Search programs and files" box at the very bottom prevents it.
What I mean is that I would furnish my most used Start Menu shortcuts with a number 0-9, and would then launch them by simply opening the Start Menu by pushing the Window button and then the relevant shortcut number with the keyboard - no laborious mouse clicking!
Unfortunately the search box "steals" the number input meant for the program shortcut.
Is there a way to disable the Start Menu search box? Registry?
I never use that search box for searching anyway, I always search within other folders/libraries, so i could well do without it.
Well, you can kinda do your first thing by pressing Winkey+1-9 for your pinned taskbar items :P. Tutorials say 1-5, but I get it to work all the way till 9 :P.

But if you don't like that, its cool. I doubt MS will include it in the final release though. I guess some things you just have to move on from =/

Or hack it

=P

I would recommend you give the search option more usage though, its extremely quick. I never used the search function till 7. Its awesome. I never look for programs in the start menu anymore
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