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Windows 7: how to bookmark frequently used programs / change the start menu aroun

18 Dec 2012   #1
BigDan

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how to bookmark frequently used programs / change the start menu aroun

1/ There's an Excel file I regularly use but cant find a way to bookmark it. Once I open Excel I can get to it easily enough, but how can I set it up so I can access it from the desktop?

In the left side of the start menu there's a horizontal line. Below it I see Word and Access, even Video Players, each of which have an arrow to the right (what's that called?) which has a list of the most used files within that program, so I can easily access them. Excel however is above that line and has no arrow (dropdown? its technically horizontal). Not sure why. Please help.

2/ And I'd really like to go back to the XP Start Menu, where it displays over the screen, not all in the left column. Can that not be done?

3/ Oh also please do familiarize me with the terms, 'left side of the start menu', 'right side of the start menu' (which has the names Documents, Pictures, etc), top left of start menu, bottom left, etc. Not technically-savvy terms!


Thanks!
Dan


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18 Dec 2012   #2
marsmimar

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Hello Dan and welcome to Seven Forums.

1. It's my understanding that it's not possible to bookmark personal files and folders. You could possibly create a shortcut, however.

Create a desktop shortcut for an Office program or file - Excel - Office.com

Or, you may find this free utility "Favorite Bookmarks" another alternative.

Free Products for Microsoft Excel and Windows

2. There's another free utility called Classic Start Menu that may be to your liking. It changes the Windows 7 start menu to the XP start menu.

CSMenu Official Site

3. I'm not sure about your third question.
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18 Dec 2012   #3
Bongo

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3/ Oh also please do familiarize me with the terms, 'left side of the start menu', 'right side of the start menu' (which has the names Documents, Pictures, etc), top left of start menu, bottom left, etc. Not technically-savvy terms!
The top left is called Program list, the bottom left is the Search box area, the right side (in the customizing world) is called Place list.

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