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Windows 7: How can I keep the start menu open?

25 Nov 2015   #1
LowStrung

Windows 7 Starter 32bit
 
 
How can I keep the start menu open?

Is there a way to keep the start menu from closing after clicking or editing a shortcut? I often want to do several things in succession from the All Programs list, but am faced with having to reopen the start menu each time and navigate it all over again. Somewhere I read that it could be kept open by holding the shift key down, but apparently that only worked in Windows XP. What I'm looking for is a tweak, not a 3rd party utility.


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25 Nov 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I like what you want to do with Start Menu. It would be handy.
I know of no way of doing that.
We will just have to wait for a member that does. (If it can be done)
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25 Nov 2015   #3
LowStrung

Windows 7 Starter 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I like what you want to do with Start Menu. It would be handy.
I know of no way of doing that.
We will just have to wait for a member that does. (If it can be done)
I hope there's a way, because when properly organized, the start menu can be a lot handier as a program launcher than the desktop, since it can be popped up over existing windows, even if they're in fullscreen mode.

By the way, I now bypass the pinned items and get to the All Programs list automatically on pressing the Windows key. I had to make an exception for that and install a third-party utility, which I discovered in this post a while back: Start Menu - Show All Programs automatically
It's a standalone EXE file, but seems to be based on a script.
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26 Nov 2015   #4
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

You can edit it at
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

AppData and ProgramData is hidden use step 3 of this tutorial to unhide it File and Folder - Hide or Unhide


Jerry
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26 Nov 2015   #5
LowStrung

Windows 7 Starter 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
You can edit it at
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

AppData and ProgramData is hidden use step 3 of this tutorial to unhide it File and Folder - Hide or Unhide


Jerry
Thank you, Jerry. I've been a regular Windows user since the early days of version 3.1, and a DOS user before that, so I already knew about hidden and system files, but that has nothing to do with the original question. I'm not trying to hide or unhide anything in the Start Menu. All I want to do is keep the Start Menu from closing after each operation -- such as a following a shortcut, renaming it or changing its properties -- so that I can perform several operations in succession.
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26 Nov 2015   #6
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I was just saying you could do several things in succession from the All Programs list in those locations. I did not know that you new about hidden files so I added it.

Jerry

Jerry
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26 Nov 2015   #7
Callender

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LowStrung View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
You can edit it at
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

AppData and ProgramData is hidden use step 3 of this tutorial to unhide it File and Folder - Hide or Unhide


Jerry
Thank you, Jerry. I've been a regular Windows user since the early days of version 3.1, and a DOS user before that, so I already knew about hidden and system files, but that has nothing to do with the original question. I'm not trying to hide or unhide anything in the Start Menu. All I want to do is keep the Start Menu from closing after each operation -- such as a following a shortcut, renaming it or changing its properties -- so that I can perform several operations in succession.
Any particular reason why you will not consider a third party utility? It would appear to be the easy option.

Examples from my machine:

Tabbed and bookmarked browsing of Start Menu with multiple windows.
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I use several (portable) Explorer replacements. I will post back with a proper reply to your question if I ever find a way of doing what you ask. [Customize Start Menu so that it remains open]


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