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Windows 7: Downloads link in start menu does not open Libraries

07 May 2009   #1
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 
Downloads link in start menu does not open Libraries

As some of you might have noticed, since a few builds ago, the Downloads link has become available to include on the start menu, under start menu's Customize window.

Now, while all the other links (Pictures, Music, Documents) open the corresponding libraries, Downloads opens the c:\users\<username>\Downloads folder.

Why is that? Because there is no Library called Downloads. They had one on the very first builds (608x-something) and then they removed it. So , even if you create a new library called "Downloads" and include the downloads folder in it, you still cannot access all your downloads library from the start menu link.

(I have an external hard disk with a downloads folder. I want to have both the c:\users\<username>\downloads folder and the external disk's folder listed in my downloads library , which is listed , but I wanted to find a way to make the start menu link "Downloads" refer to the library created, instead of the c:\users\<username>\downloads folder...

Any thoughts? I'm already searching in the registry for it...

Thanks


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07 May 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Archon,

You might see if this may work you.
  • Open your User folder from the Start menu.
  • Right click on the Downloads folder and click on Include in library and Create new library.
  • Enable the Pin a Folder to Start Menu option.
  • Right click on the new Downloads library folder, and click on Pin to Start Menu.
You can now open the Downloads library directly from the Start Menu pin area, or click on the pinned Windows Explorer taskbar icon to open Libraries to open Downloads from there to.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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10 May 2009   #3
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

That's an excellent workaround, Brink!!!

Works great,thanks, I didn't think of this way!
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11 May 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

You're welcome Limneos.
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11 May 2009   #5
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

yea, i did this trick myself last week without knowing this situation/scenario. Hadnt gave it much thought really, but when now replicating the scenario, i see what you mean now. A blog on an explanation for why this is would be a nice thing to read, eh?

good eye limneos, thanks for the informatives
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