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

How to Make Windows 7 Start Menu User Folder Buttons Open to Users Instead of Libraries Location
Published by Brink
21 Jun 2010 - Views: 66699
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How to Make Windows 7 Start Menu User Folder Buttons Open to Users Instead of Libraries Location

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This will show you how to make the Windows 7 Start Menu My Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos buttons open to the real C:\Users\(user-name) location instead of the default Libraries location for all users.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
Credit belongs to our member Foe for this.


EXAMPLE: Start Menu User Folder Buttons
Start Menu User Folder Buttons - Open to Users Instead of Libraries-start_menu.jpg





OPTION ONE
Set Start Menu User Folder Buttons to Open to "Users" Location
1. Set Start Menu Documents Button to Open to Users Location
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Start_Menu_My_Documents_Open_to_Users.reg
download
2. Set Start Menu Music Button to Open to Users Location
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Start_Menu_Music_Open_to_Users.reg
download
3. Set Start Menu Pictures Button to Open to Users Location
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Start_Menu_Pictures_Open_to_Users.reg
download
4. Set Start Menu Recorded TV Button to Open to Public Location
NOTE: Special thanks to Foe for this addition.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Start_Menu_Recored_TV_Open_to_Public.bat
download
5. Set Start Menu Videos Button to Open to Users Location
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Start_Menu_Videos_Open_to_Users.reg
download
6. Save the .reg or. bat file to the desktop.

7. Double click on the downloaded .reg or .bat file.

8. Click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

9. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

10. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




OPTION TWO
Set Start Menu User Folder Buttons to Open to Default "Libraries" Location
1. Set Start Menu Documents Button back to Open to Default Libraries Location
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Default_Start_Menu_My_Documents_Open_to_Library.reg
download
2. Set Start Menu Music Button back to Open to Default Libraries Location
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Default_Start_Menu_Music_Open_to_Library.reg
download
3. Set Start Menu Pictures Button back to Open to Default Libraries Location
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Default_Start_Menu_Pictures_Open_to_Library.reg
download
4. Set Start Menu Recorded TV Button back to Open to Default Public Libraries Location
NOTE: Special thanks to Foe for this addition.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Start_Menu_Recored_TV_Open_to_Public_Library.reg
download
5. Set Start Menu Videos Button back to Open to Default Libraries Location
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Default_Start_Menu_Videos_Open_to_Library.reg
download
6. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

7. Double click on the downloaded .reg file.

8. Click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

9. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

10. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn







20 Aug 2010   #1
henstew

Windows 7
 
 

Can you post the regedit(s) for the Recorded TV library to Set Start Menu User Folder Buttons to Open to Users Location? This would definitely solve a lot of problems for people wishing to add another folder link to the right side of the start menu, as well as those who don't want to use libraries.

Thanks.


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21 Aug 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Henstew, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The Recorded TV Library is only visible in Explorer after a user has configured a TV Tuner from within Media Center. I only have it opening to the C:\Users\Public\Libraries location by default since I do not have one.
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07 Nov 2010   #3
levymetal

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hey guys, new here, but I've been looking for something like this ever since I got Windows 7. This is unbelievably perfect - but for some reason very hard to find!

Just wondering, how do you get those HEX values (or whatever they are) for the folder names? I actually want to redirect the buttons to different locations, for example to E:\My Documents and E:\My Documents\My Pictures etc. Do you know how I can convert those folder names to the corresponding HEX values?

Thanks in advance
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07 Nov 2010   #4
HonorGamer

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I didn't even know it was possible to change all of this. Thanks though m8.

Gamer
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07 Nov 2010   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Gamer.
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07 Nov 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by levymetal View Post
Hey guys, new here, but I've been looking for something like this ever since I got Windows 7. This is unbelievably perfect - but for some reason very hard to find!

Just wondering, how do you get those HEX values (or whatever they are) for the folder names? I actually want to redirect the buttons to different locations, for example to E:\My Documents and E:\My Documents\My Pictures etc. Do you know how I can convert those folder names to the corresponding HEX values?

Thanks in advance
Hello Levymetal, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The CLSID numbers will point them to whatever default location that you have the user folders set to. This way you can just move the user folders to the new location (ex: E: drive) using the tutorial below, and they will automatically point there from the Start Menu as well.

User Folders - Change Default Location

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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19 Nov 2010   #7
levymetal

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ah ok, that's awesome, I didn't realise it would do that (I already have my folders set up that way). Thanks!

Just one thing though, when I now click the link from the start menu, it takes me to "Christian > My Documents". But if I open the folder from it's direct location, it takes me to "Computer > Local Disk (E > My Documents". The strange thing about this is that when I click on the address bar and the text changes to the physical location, in both of these cases, the text changes to "E:\My Documents", so it's the same folder. It's still much better than libraries, but Windows keeps separate view / sort types for each location (even though they are the same folder?), so say for example I open my docs through the start menu and change the view to large icons, if I open the folder manually through my E drive the view won't have changed. It's a minor thing, but I like things to be consistent .

Do you know if there's any way to actually force the start menu link to open "Computer > Local Disk (E > My Documents" instead of "Christian > My Documents"?

Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Nov 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Did you use one of the options in the tutorial below to move those individual user folders to the E: drive?

User Folders - Change Default Location
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20 Nov 2010   #9
levymetal

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yeah the folders are mapped like this:



The start menu shortcuts are opening the correct folders, but for some reason they just say "Christian > [folder]" in the address bar rather than "Computer > Local Disk (E) > [folder]", and Windows is storing different view/sort settings for each.
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