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Windows 7: How do I add a new folder to Start menu?


25 Nov 2009   #1

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux
 
 
How do I add a new folder to Start menu?

I would like to rearrange the Start folder and add some new folders to my liking then move existing ones into the new ones. In pPrevious versions of Windows it was easy but haven't found a way to add a new folder - anyone know how to do this?

Regards,
GEWB

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25 Nov 2009   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Start Menu items, files and folders, are stored in C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. You can open Start Menu folder also by clicking and right clicking All Programs, then choosing Open All Users.

Just create a new folder or copy an existing one here.

Start Menu All Programs - Add or Delete Shortcuts

Kari
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25 Nov 2009   #3

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Start Menu items, files and folders, are stored in C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. You can open Start Menu folder also by clicking and right clicking All Programs, then choosing Open All Users.

Just create a new folder a copy an existing here.

Kari
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

(I hate when MS tries to fix something that wasn't broken...)

Regards,
GEWB
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25 Nov 2009   #4

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

You are welcome.

Kari
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20 Dec 2009   #5

W7
 
 

I have tried this but the folder opens as a explorer window and not a menu like in XP. I find the Windows 7 Start menu difficult to customise and not very satisfactory.
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18 Jan 2010   #6

windows 7
 
 
start menu folders

Kari - superb advice
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15 Mar 2010   #7

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Start Menu items, files and folders, are stored in C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. You can open Start Menu folder also by clicking and right clicking All Programs, then choosing Open All Users.

Just create a new folder or copy an existing one here.

Kari
On my system these folders are not showing all of the programs and folders in my Start Menu. For example some items only show up when I go to C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\, others will only appear in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\. (I've got show hidden files enabled in each case.)

Is there a single folder where one can view and manage EVERYTHING in the Start Menu's All Programs from one location?
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15 Mar 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello PDE, and welcome to Seven Forums.

For the Start Menu there is two locations. One for only the current logged in user (C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs), and one shared by all user accounts (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs). There's not one for both though.

Start Menu All Programs - Add or Delete Shortcuts

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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15 Mar 2010   #9

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn
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15 Mar 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome PDE.
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