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Windows 7: How to Change the Start Menu (right side) order

20 Nov 2013   #1
spokey

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
How to Change the Start Menu (right side) order

This is about the right side of the start menu where Control Panel, Administrative Tools, etc are. Not the All Programs menu.

I recently upgraded from XP and am annoyed that the Recent Items is mid way down as I frequently use that and it is kind of hidden in that long list. I'm looking for a way to move that to the top like it was on XP. I searched tutorials using "start menu" but couldn't find anything but perhaps that isn't the right term for this area. I figure there must be some place in the registry where these items are ordered.

thanks


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20 Nov 2013   #2
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

You cannot do to much with the right side of the start menu, have a look at this tutorial Start Menu - Customize

If you like XP menu have a look at Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

Jerry
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21 Nov 2013   #3
spokey

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

thanks

I don't care about an XP menu, just used that as an example of the order. Easier access is all I'm going for.

Eyesight isn't the best so I find it hard to find the recent items. Well not hard but not as quick as it would be if recent was at the top or near it. If I can't find anyway to order it I guess I'll play with themes and such to see if I can make the list more readable.

I had briefly looked at the tutorial you linked to and it appears to just be about adding / removing those items which I knew I could do but had not done. So that prompted me to get rid of the music, pictures etc that I don't use. That will probably help a bit just by making the list a bit smaller.

Still hoping though that someone has found a way to order that list.
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22 Nov 2013   #4
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

The latest Classic Shell has a "Windows 7" style, which gives you a very close implementation to the default Windows 7 menu, but with the added benefit to be very customizable. You can get any items in any order in the right side of the menu.
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23 Nov 2013   #5
spokey

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

I assume your talking about 8.1? I don't think I can run that. This is a fairly old Dell laptop (Dell D820). It's going on eight years old and drivers seem to be getting a little scarce for win 7.
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23 Nov 2013   #6
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

No, I am not talking about 8.1 in particular. Classic Shell supports all versions of Windows from 7 to 8.1.
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24 Nov 2013   #7
spokey

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Oops; Sorry

I didn't realize that classic shell was a 3rd party shell. I thought you were referring to the changes that 8.1 supposedly has to bring back start menu type stuff. I'll have to take a look at that.
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