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Windows 7: Start menu "All Programs"

23 Nov 2011   #1
ssbtech

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Start menu "All Programs"

There are two things I really miss from XP:

1) Start menu - I like the split start menu with the recently used programs on one side and the links to documents, computer, network, etc.. on the other. But XP had this little thing called "All Programs". Clicking on it would show the programs list spread out taking up as much of the screen as it needed to show all the programs.

I am starting to get really annoyed with having all of my program folders crammed into Windows 7's little start menu and having to scroll up and down to look for something.

Is there any way to have XP's "All Programs" view functionality restored?


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23 Nov 2011   #2
rustberger

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

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23 Nov 2011   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I can't give you an answer to your question, but I can give this link that explains the changes to the Start Menu in Windows 7.

What's new with the Start menu?

Personally, I prefer the Windows 7 layout, but of course it's all subjective.

Don't forget though that when you click the Start button the first thing you see at the bottom of the Start Menu is All Programs.

You can also use Right-click the Start Button>Properties>Start Menu tab>Customize, and then customize how links, icons and menus look and behave on the Start Menu.

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23 Nov 2011   #4
ssbtech

7HP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rustberger View Post
Thanks but I have already tried that one.

Unlike XP which would spread the columns of programs across the screen, this one still requires oyu to scroll if th elist of programs is longer than the height of your screen.

It also somehow broke the Startup folder functionality - all the programs in my Startup folder now trigger a security prompt and ask for my permission to run before they run.

Not only that, but it screwed up the order of icons in my IE favorites bar.
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23 Nov 2011   #5
ssbtech

7HP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
I can't give you an answer to your question, but I can give this link that explains the changes to the Start Menu in Windows 7.

What's new with the Start menu?

Personally, I prefer the Windows 7 layout, but of course it's all subjective.

Don't forget though that when you click the Start button the first thing you see at the bottom of the Start Menu is All Programs.

You can also use Right-click the Start Button>Properties>Start Menu tab>Customize, and then customize how links, icons and menus look and behave on the Start Menu.

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The first thing I did when I installed Win7 was get rid of the stupid Duplo block sized taskbar, pinned icons and grouped icons in favor of Quick Launch, small icons and "combine when taskbar is full". Moving from Vista to 7 really felt like going from playing with Lego Technic back to playing with Duplo blocks.

I'm also not a big fan of the "Libraries" feature - I much prefer knowing precicely where my files are. Because the Libraries feature gathers files from various locations, it all just seems a bit too "virtual" for me. Too "In the cloud, over there, somewhere" for me.

As for the start menu programs list, the Win7 style might be OK if you have 20 programs, but mine has 144 of them. I hate scrolling.

And please don't remind me about the search feature
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23 Nov 2011   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Probably best if you go back to Windows XP if you dislike Windows 7 so much.

Significantly, Windows 7 sales have now outstripped sales of Windows XP, so Microsoft must be doing something right, but obviously not for everyone, eh?
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23 Nov 2011   #7
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Have a look at this I think it will do what you want ANN: Classic Shell 2.9.3 is out - Now with Search! and Ivo is very helpful if you need some.
Jerry
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23 Nov 2011   #8
ssbtech

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Have a look at this I think it will do what you want ANN: Classic Shell 2.9.3 is out - Now with Search! and Ivo is very helpful if you need some.
Jerry
Perfect, thanks!
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23 Nov 2011   #9
ssbtech

7HP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Probably best if you go back to Windows XP if you dislike Windows 7 so much.

Significantly, Windows 7 sales have now outstripped sales of Windows XP, so Microsoft must be doing something right, but obviously not for everyone, eh?
I've been tempted to go back to Vista several times...


And I don't think pinned icons is the primary reason people upgrade from XP to 7.
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23 Nov 2011   #10
Bongo

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You're Welcome
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