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Windows 7: Start Menu User Folder Buttons - Open to Users Instead of Libraries

13 Feb 2012   #100

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Hi Brink,

Yep, I guess so...........and thanks for the reassurance re; any potential issues.



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27 Jul 2012   #101

Windows 7 64bit

Not trying to necro bump, but these reg edits work great.

I used them alongside the disable-auto arrange fix since auto-arrange is still stuck on library folders, but not on any others.

Works great, however if I select my username through the start menu it still takes me to the library as there was no file for it.
I would try and do it myself, but I'm not sure what you did in the other reg edit files :P
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27 Jul 2012   #102

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Emcitement,

I'm happy to hear that they work great for you.

The user name folder (Personal Folder) from the Start Menu opens the C:\Users\(User-name) folder by default. There is no library location for this folder by default. Could you post a screenshot showing what opens to see if it may help ID what the issue may be?
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27 Jul 2012   #103

Windows 7 64bit

Oh, well it isn't a library location, but it isn't the user location either. It's a folder that functions much like the library folders though.
Using W7 Premium 64-bit.
I noticed that my start menus a tad different than the one in the first post:

Here's what the start menu button opens:

which is here:

Here's what I'd like it to open:

Doesn't matter much since I rarely use the user folder, but yeah
I can't freely arrange anything in the the first location shown but I can in the last.
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27 Jul 2012   #104

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Yeah, the way the Start Menu looks will vary from how you have it set in the Customize Start Menu settings area for what buttons you have turned on and if you have them display as links or menus.

While the user folder doesn't open directly to the actual C:\User\(user-name) location, it essentially still does since it opens to a junction point for that location. They are one in the same basically. This is not the same as a library location though.
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27 Jul 2012   #105

Windows 7 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
This is not the same as a library location though.
yes, but the point is that auto-arrange is stuck on in there just like with the library locations.

The only reason I didn't want to use the libraries to begin with was because I wanted to freely arrange my files and I'd like to do that with my username folder too.

I want to make it so clicking on my username folder in the start menu opens up C:> Users> Name because in that exact location I can freely arrange everything, unlike in the default location accessed from the start menu.
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04 Aug 2012   #106

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Library Problems

A great registry hack, so happy to be able to restore the right-hand side of the start menu to folder shortcuts. However, this may have had a strange effect on Windows Media Player 12 (WMP12, it now won't save playlists).

Anyway, would it be possible to take these registry hacks a step further? I'm a big user of both WMP12 and Windows Live Photo Gallery. However, both these programs now interface ONLY with the default pictures/music/video LIBRARIES.

For various (long explanation) reasons, I'm finding this really annoying, and wish that both programs could be made to interface with user folders (as Picasa still does, although this program has its own issues), and simply bypass all the library bloat.

Hope you can help
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04 Aug 2012   #107

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Emerald, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm afraid that I do not know. This may be a better subject to post in the Music, Pictures & Video forum area to see if someone may know of a way for you to be able to do this.
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04 Aug 2012   #108

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for the quick reply,
I'll have a look a this other forum

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29 Sep 2013   #109

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Open and Save Dialogue Windows

I've used the:

However, I notice that Windows Explorer still opens the "Open" and "Save" dialogue windows in the "Documents" library.
  1. Will the Reg files in this tutorial adjust the "Open" and "Save" dialogue windows?
  2. Do I need to use the Windows Explorer "opening location" hack instead?
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