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Windows 7: Customizing the Start Menu

06 May 2015   #1
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Customizing the Start Menu

This is my Start Menu:

What I would like to do is move the item "Shortcuts" from its Pinned location in the left pane to the right pane. Is this possible?


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06 May 2015   #2
Hacb

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

did you intend to post an image here??
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06 May 2015   #3
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hacb View Post
did you intend to post an image here??
There is one posted,


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06 May 2015   #4
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markaz View Post
What I would like to do is move the item "Shortcuts" from its Pinned location in the left pane to the right pane. Is this possible?
No it's not, not that I'm aware of.
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06 May 2015   #5
Hacb

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

oh, for some reason I couldn't see it,
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06 May 2015   #6
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

See the discussion here:

Add Custom Folder/Library to the Start Menu

For me - displaying the downloads folder and renaming it then adding the location for the desired folder works. Howerver - if you actually use your downloads folder it won't be a suitable solution.
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08 May 2015   #7
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for all of the replies! I've been playing around with the suggestions here since yesterday and if the truth be known since Win7 came out with Libraries it has done nothing but confuse. Works like a charm for many, but for me...not.

One thing I neglected to state in my original post is that I use ClassicShell. I will continue to use it as it allows for some personalizations that I find extremely useful. If it has prevented me from having any success with the straight-forward recommendations by the posters here then I apologize. The only thing I tried that came close was utilizing the Favorites folder, however, I could not rename it by right-clicking or chaning the name in Properties. Except for that, Favorites became a menu item that contained all of the shortcuts I want. Many of the other folders (such as download) do not appear as an optional folder in ClassicShell's Classic style menu.

If you all think that ClassicShell is preventing me from being successful in accomplishing your recommendations, then I'll just leave well enough alone and thank all of you for your guidance.
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08 May 2015   #8
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Okay so take a look at renaming the Favorites folder. There's a tutorial here:

Favorites - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane

I can rename it using this method. Note: I use Classic Theme rather than Classic Shell. Also you need to use the "Rename Favorites in Navigation Pane" method before you can rename Favorites in Start Menu.

Also note: For registry key permissions the steps in the tutorial work but I've always found it easier to use RegOwnershipEx as it takes ownership and restores permissions using less steps. You need to leave the RegOwnershipEx window open until you've made the registry changes then restore permissions before closing the window.

Also note: You will not be able to download RegOwenershipEx if you've modified your browser to block referrer.

And another note: You may need to toggle display favorites in start menu on/ off twice in order to see the changes.

Tested and working for me. I've reverted the changes since taking the screenshot.

Customizing the Start Menu-start-menu.jpg


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09 May 2015   #9
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Callender - When I can set aside the time today I will definitely do this. What's funny (or not so funny) is that I tried making the change using Favorites (before your post) and felt like I was chasing my tail. Favorites got replaced by Favorites Bar, had to give the shortcuts folder a different name and on and on. Took me 30 minutes to unwind all the changes I made.

I look forward to trying your recommendation(s). If Classic Theme will allow me to pare down the Start Menu and display only those items I want with no big blank spaces (as one would see using the Windows 7 menu) then I will give it a go as well if that's what it take to get my Shortcuts moved to the right pane.

I'll report back. Thanks for the post!!.
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09 May 2015   #10
UXGaurav

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markaz View Post
This is my Start Menu:

What I would like to do is move the item "Shortcuts" from its Pinned location in the left pane to the right pane. Is this possible?
That appears to be the Classic Shell start menu. What you want is definitely possible.

Open Classic Shell Start Menu settings, go to Customize Start Menu tab. Add a Custom item there. The screenshot tells me you are using Classic style, so "Custom" will be at the very bottom of the right column on the Customize tab. Drag it to the left column and position it where you want it to appear in the menu and then double click its icon. In the "Edit Menu Item" dialog, there will be a LINK field. Specify the path of your shortcuts folder in that LINK field and click OK.

Once you get the Custom item working in the right side column, you can unpin/delete the shortcuts folder from the left side pinned area.

Let me know if you could do this.
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