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Windows 7: Win7 Start Menu: You CAN Change its Folders into Menus, as in XP !

11 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Win7 Start Menu: You CAN Change its Folders into Menus, as in XP !

I was pulling my hair out over this one for a whole week and the best I could come up with was:

a. Be content with folders of shortcuts in the Windows 7 Start Menu, and be content with having to click a folder there, cause Explorer to open, then click on a program shortcut, and then either leave Explorer open, or try to get behind the opened program to close it


b. Install the free ClassicShell StartMenu from Sourceforge. But if you install this add-on it will replace your current StartMenu and you will have a lot of customising to do.

However, I have now discovered that Windows 7 means for us to have our good old XP Start Menu still, but just in a different place!

Are you happy to have the word "StartMenu" appear on the right side of your Taskbar, at the bottom-right of your screen? If so, you will be able to click on the double-chevrons to its right and bring up a menu of menus, click on a shortcut, load a program, and have the that Taskbar menu system automatically close itself, as in XP's StartMenu.

If this suits you, here's all you have to do.

1) Right-click on your taskbar and select Toolbars

2) Click on "New toolbar…"

3) Now type in a path to any folder you have created and in which you have created subfolders containing all your program shortcuts, for example it can be as simple as:

C:\My Start Menu\StartMenu

or just


or, if you have already laboriously created folders and shortcuts for the real StartMenu above the Start button, then it might be something like:

C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu

Anyway, having entered the path to your folder and its nest of subfolders and shortcuts, now press Enter.

4) Then click "Select Folder". You will now see that the name of your main folder is sitting on the TaskBar with double-chevrons beside it. Click on the double-chevrons and test the system!

5) Now, you can either leave this StartMenu over on the right of your Task bar and just click the chevrons to its right to open it, or you can display the contents permanently along the whole Taskbar. If you want to do this, just right-click on the Taskbar and uncheck "Lock the taskbar". Then left-click on the new addition to your taskbar and without releasing the button, drag the addition to where you want it, or all the way to the left. Then right-click and Lock everything in place.

By following this method you can have your own customised StartMenu on the right, and Windows 7's StartMenu over on the left.

The great thing about the customised StartMenu which you can create on the TaskBar is that after you've clicked a shortcut you aren't left with Explorer open on your desktop.

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