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19 Jan 2016   #21
MourningStar

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
... Anyway - how about another suggestion?

If you don't mind modifying your registry there's a tweak that gets your Programs (and shortcuts to them) to display like this. Here's two example screenshots from my machine. Let us know if it would suit you.
This interests me. I have little desire to muck with the registry. However, I know people compose things like .bat files or something that do the deeds for us geek-disabled. If your suggestion provides this (along with the taskbar tweak), bring it on friend.

-thx


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19 Jan 2016   #22
Callender

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

Okay so here it is:

You need to be aware that the method used will replace the little used "Favorites" option from your start menu (if you happen to use it and like to keep it displayed)

Note   Note
Important information for users of Internet Explorer. Please read Post #30 before even considering this tweak


Click on the Start Menu and then type regedit into the search box and press enter.

Or if you have the "Run" dialog box enabled:

Start> Run then type regedit into the box and press enter.

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders. Double-click on Favorites on the right side.
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Note the current value and write it down so that you can undo changes if you ever need to.

Change the value to:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Click OK.
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Now go back to the left pane and scroll down to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Double-click on the Favorites entry.

Note the current value and write it down.

Again change the value to:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Click OK.

Exit Registry Editor - then right click on Start Menu (button or orb) and select "Properties"

In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window click on the Start Menu tab then click on the Customize button.
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Scroll down and click the box next to Favorites menu then click OK. Then reboot.

You should see that "Programs" has been added to the start Menu.

Now if you need to add anything that doesn't appear (like Taskbar) or any software that is not listed:

Create a new empty folder in:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

and give it an appropriate name.

Copy the desired shorcut(s) into that folder from their original location(s)

So for taskbar you'd copy (not move) the shortcuts from here:

C:\Users\Chris\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

into the folder named Taskbar that you created here:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Then click Start> Programs and scroll to the bottom of the list. Drag and drop the folder named Taskbar into it's alphabetical position so that it's easy to find.

For other programs that didn't create a start menu entry when you installed them simply create a new folder here:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Give it the same name as the program.

Find the program's executable and create a shortcut. Copy and paste that shortcut into the folder that you just created in

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs (Program Name)


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19 Jan 2016   #23
teckneeculler

XPPSP3, Win7Ultimate
 
 

Callender, I heavily customize my W7 installs. My W7 Ultimate Taskbar is set up to hold shortcuts, like it was with XP.

In case anyone wants to try it, here's step 28 from my customize list:

Quote:
How to create a ‘workaround’ Quick Launch: (Hidden files need to be visible)
Right-click on an empty area of the Taskbar. ‘Unlock’ it. Repeat then Toolbars > New Toolbar.
At bottom of screen in the Folder’ box type:
C:\Users\[yourname]\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch (spaces are OK)

NOTE: Windows will second-guess your choice as you go, so you don’t need to type too much, but you could alternatively copy the entire line from Notepad.

Click the ‘Select Folder’ button below the box.
There should now be the notation ‘Quick Launch >>’ on the Taskbar with a Separator at its left.
Drag the Separator to the center of the Taskbar, then right-click on the words ‘Quick Launch’. Uncheck ‘Show text’ and ‘Show Title’. Quick Launch should now operate much as it does in XP.

Note: The Quick Launch area will be at right, not left. But it can be side-swapped as in XP. Just drag the far-left separator to the right and the two areas will swap position. Unpin anything on right.

X the main window shut. Drag usual items onto the Quick Launch area. Their shortcuts’ icon size can be changed in the right-click > View menu.
Select ‘Small’ or ‘Large’ and this setting will apply only to the Quick Launch area.
To save the setting:
1) Screen > Personalize > Themes > ‘Save Theme’ then name it (anything) and hit Save. X out.

2) Alternatively ‘Lock’ the Taskbar.
To remove the Quick Launch toolbar, right-click it, Toolbars and uncheck it.

Redundant ‘Pins’ – Remove
NOTE: This method also works for Windows 8


I've tried your suggestion. How about you try DeskList? As I said earlier, it's quicker than Click Quic and less complicated to manage. However, it does need modifying so that it displays (in my case) Taskbar shortcuts, and needs one large menu instead of one that's made up of several consecutive groupings.
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19 Jan 2016   #24
Callender

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

Okay I'll try DeskList. I need something that can launch any file or folder including the ability to launch several files at once with command line arguments if required.

RE: Quick Launch Toolbar. I used it in XP and missed it in Windows 7. I've added it in the past but find that it gets a little cluttered so prefer other methods to launch programs or shortcuts.

Thanks for the info though!
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19 Jan 2016   #25
Callender

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

Okay tried DeskList. For me - on the first run it was unresponsive and had to be killed. Changed settings to Compatibility Mode - Windows 7 and Run As Administrator - then it worked.

I get this:
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Options to open Users Desktop folder or an Explorer Window.

The problem is that I like to keep my desktop clear.

See Post #4 here: Add SevenForums shortcut to context menu


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19 Jan 2016   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I still think the toolbars solution is the easiest


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19 Jan 2016   #27
MourningStar

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Okay so here it is:

...
Works perfect - simple, clean, all-inclusive with unlimited customizations possible!! And most important to me, it's a local, in-house solution, no outside s/w required, thx!!!
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20 Jan 2016   #28
MourningStar

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

^
whoah, back up a little MourningStar. Just noticed my IE 'Favorites' have been replaced by the 'Programs' items. WTF? Where is the original? (fortunately I created a restore point before this mod).

Thoughts anyone?

-thx
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20 Jan 2016   #29
Callender

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
^
whoah, back up a little MourningStar. Just noticed my IE 'Favorites' have been replaced by the 'Programs' items. WTF? Where is the original? (fortunately I created a restore point before this mod).

Thoughts anyone?

-thx
Please accept my apologies. I rarely use Internet Explorer and this problem had gone unnoticed.

There is a workaroud for anyone using IE but it might be too much hassle. I will post shortly.
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20 Jan 2016   #30
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
RE: Post #22 for IE users

An unintended consequence of modifying user shell folders as described in Post #22 is that you will lose IE Favorites.

In order to prevent this:

Backup your Internet Explorer favorites to file.

Click Favorites Icon then the drop down arrow next to "Add To Favorites" then choose "Import & Export"
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Export to a file:
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Choose location and export.

Close Internet Explorer.

Perform the modifications shown in Post @22 and reboot.

Start> Run then type shell:favorites and press Enter.

In the window that opens create a New Folder and rename it to Favorites.

Close the window.

Go to Start> Programs then scroll to the folder named Favorites. Drag it to the top of the list.

Start Internet Explorer. Click Favorites Icon then the drop down arrow next to "Add To Favorites" then choose "Import & Export"

Choose "Import from a file"

Browse to the file that you exported your favorites to earlier.

Import file to the folder named "Favorites"
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Now you should see Favorites in IE displayed like this:
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So you would need to expand the "Favorites" folder to see your bookmarked IE Favorites. Unfortunately programs will still be displayed below the Favorites folder.

When adding a Favorite you would need to choose to add to the "Favorites" folder.
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Maybe that's too much hassle for a workaround. Personally as I do not use IE for general browsing - I don't mind sacrificing easy IE Favorites bookmarking.


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