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Start Menu - Customize

How to Open and Set "Customize Start Menu" Settings in Windows 7
Published by Brink
01 Nov 2008
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How to Open and Set "Customize Start Menu" Settings in Windows 7




information   Information
This will show you how to customize the links, icons, and menus look and behave in the Windows 7 Start Menu using the Taskbar Start Menu Propertes page settings.
Note   Note
  • Display as a link - When the Start Menu button is clicked on, it opens a window for it.
  • Display as a menu - When the Start Menu button is clicked on or hovered over, it expands a menu for it.

EXAMPLE: Customized Windows 7 Start Menu
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OPTION ONE
Through Customize Start Menu Property Settings
1. Right click on the Start button and click on Properties.

2. Click on the Customize button. (See screenshot below)
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3. To Customize the Start Menu
A) Dot, check, and uncheck the settings for how you want them to look and behave in the Start Menu.
NOTE: The four screenshots below show all available customize settings.
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B) Go to step 5.
4. To Restore All Default Customize Settings
A) Click on the Use Default Settings button at the bottom. (See bottom right screenshot above)
5. Click on OK. (See screenshots below step 3A)

6. Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 2)



OPTION TWO
Manually Through Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
Start Menu - Customize-reg-1.jpg
4. For User Folder, Computer, and Control Panel Links or Menu Buttons
A) In the right pane of Advanced, double click on the DWORD value for the Customize Start Menu option that you want to set. (see screenshot above and table below)
NOTE: If the DWORD value is not here, then right click on a blank space in the right pane of Advanced, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type in the DWORD value name below and press enter.
Customize Start Menu option DWORD value
ComputerStart_ShowMyComputer
Control PanelStart_ShowControlPanel
DocumentsStart_ShowMyDocs
DownloadsStart_ShowDownloads
GamesStart_ShowMyGames
MusicStart_ShowMyMusic
Personal folderStart_ShowUser
PicturesStart_ShowMyPics
Recorded TVStart_ShowRecordedTV
VideosStart_ShowVideos
B) Type in the Data value for the Display option that you want for the selected Customize Start Menu option (step 4A), then click on OK. (see screenshot below)
Display option Data value
Don't display this item0
Display as link1
Display as a menu2

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5. For Enable or Disable Only Options
A) In the right pane of Advanced, double click on the DWORD value for the Customize Start Menu option that you want to set. (see screenshot below step 3 and table below)
NOTE: If the DWORD value is not here, then right click on a blank space in the right pane of Advanced, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type in the DWORD value name below and press enter.
Customize Start Menu option DWORD value
Connect ToStart_ShowNetConn
Default ProgramsStart_ShowSetProgramAccessAndDefaults
Devices and PrintersStart_ShowPrinters
Enable context menus and dragging and droppingStart_EnableDragDrop
Favorites menuStartMenuFavorites
HelpStart_ShowHelp
Highlight newly installed programsStart_NotifyNewApps
HomegroupStart_ShowHomegroup
NetworkStart_ShowNetPlaces
Open submenus when I pause on them with the mouse pointerStart_AutoCascade
Recent ItemsStart_ShowRecentDocs
Run commandStart_ShowRun
Search programs and Control PaneStart_SearchPrograms
Sort All Programs menu by nameStart_SortByName
Use large iconsStart_LargeMFUIcons
B) Type in the Data value for the Display option that you want for the selected Customize Start Menu option (step 4A), then click on OK. (see screenshot below)
Display option Data value
Disable this item0
Enable this item1

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6. For the "Search other files and libraries" Option
A) In the right pane of Advanced, double click on the Start_SearchFiles. (see screenshot below step 3)
NOTE: If the Start_SearchFiles DWORD value is not here, then right click on a blank space in the right pane of Advanced, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) value, type in Start_SearchFiles and press enter.

B) Type in the Data value for the Display option that you want for this Customize Start Menu option, then click on OK. (see screenshot below)
Display option Data value
Don't search0
Search without public folders1
Search with public folders2

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7. For the "System administrative tools" Option
A) See OPTION TWO or OPTION THREE at this tutorial link below for how.
Administrative Tools - Add or Remove from Start Menu
8. Close regedit.

9. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
That's it,
Shawn




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01 Nov 2008   #1
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Hi.
You are really proficient at displaying these useful little help items. Maybe you could supplement the above.
What you have outlined, customises the right hand panel and associated windows.
I am a customise freak. I like to move quite a few of the Program items around into fiolders of my choice. In Vista, I found that to do this, I needed to go into classic mode. Unfortunately, in "7", for the time being, the option is not available. Nerds like me will find they cannot drag and drop. Not all the items appear under the Users - username - Appdata - Roaming - Microsoft - Windows - Startmenu. It is necessary to also open Program data - Microsoft - Windows - Startmenu, and drag and drop between those two.

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02 Nov 2008   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Dave,

I'm not sure why they did not include (yet) that Start Menu button's context menu item in Windows 7 to make it easier to open those locations to Customize the Start Menu shortcuts like it is in Vista.

It is on the list on tutorials to make though.

Thank you,
Shawn
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03 Nov 2008   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ok Dave,

The tutorial for that is done.

Start Menu All Programs - Add or Delete Shortcuts
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04 Nov 2008   #4
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Great stuff.
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29 Mar 2009   #5
PhoneyVirus

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
 
 
Better than the Registry Editor

Thanks for that little Tip after me being in there and tweaking, I never seen it LOL better then going in the Registry Thanks Man
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29 Mar 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome PhoneyVirus.
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14 Sep 2009   #7
Inskipp

Windows 7 Professional RTM (6.1 Build 7600)
 
 

My Customize Start Menu is missing the Pictures link. I could just click my username, and then the My Pictures folder, but that defeats the purpose.

Seen below, I have no Pictures choices like in the 2nd picture in step 3 above.

Does any one else have this problem, or have any idea how to fix it? I didn't have this problem in the beta or the RC.

Thanks for any replies.


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15 Sep 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Inskipp,

Double check in the Local Group Policy Editor to make sure that the policy highlighted in blue below is set to Not Configured.
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Downloading and merging this registry file should restore Pictures back to the Start Menu as well for you. It sets the group policy back to default for you automatically.

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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15 Sep 2009   #9
Inskipp

Windows 7 Professional RTM (6.1 Build 7600)
 
 

The group policy was not configured.

The registry had the difference, I had a 1 in NoSMMyPictures in the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer folder.

Your fix took care of it, thank you very much.
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