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Windows 7: Start menu shortcut editing

12 Feb 2011   #1
Fugs

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Start menu shortcut editing

Hello all,

Firstly I must apologise for registering and posting immediately without trawling the forum - but I have been searching the web for the last hour and cannot find the answer so feel it is not readily available - here or anywhere else. Hopefully someone knows though!

Now that is out of the way - thank you in advance for any input whatsoever..!

What I would like to do is edit the shortcut to music in the Windows 7 start menu so that it does not display the navigation pane when I run Explorer this way. I do not want to disable the navigation pane for every explorer window. Is this possible? I am guessing it is (possibly with a registry key edit) but cannot find the key to edit so cannot even start experimenting.

The reason is when I access my music this way the navigation pane displays my NAS drive and spins up the disk which I do not want to happen evey time I play a tune.

Thanks again!


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12 Feb 2011   #2
Imperfect1

 
 

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13 Feb 2011   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Fugs, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm sorry, but the navigation pane is a universal setting in all Windows Explorer type windows. You can either turn it off or on for all windows.
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13 Feb 2011   #4
Fugs

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Imperfect1: not exactly - I wanted to know how to edit the Music shortcut that is already embedded into the start menu over on the right hand side - but I'm sure the information in your link will be useful to me in future so thanks again for posting.

Brink: Thanks also to you for posting; sometimes the answer is not what we want to hear, but if it saves me time trying to do something that is not possible then it is again good information.

Maybe it's best to tackle this problem from a different angle - and not show my network locations by default. I may even just turn off the Samba share on my NAS, and turn it on when I want to stream a movie.

Thanks loads for the replies guys and all the very best!

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13 Feb 2011   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Fugs. Sorry that it was not what you wanted to hear though.

As a workaround though, you could use the tutorial below to remove Networks from the Navigation Pane.....

Network - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

.... and use the tutorial below to create a Networks shortcut to use where you like whenever you want to open Networks.

Network Folder Shortcut - Create
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13 Feb 2011   #6
Fugs

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks again Brink that is exactly what I will do..

It's great that you are so helpful; I'm very glad I visited!

Much love from the other side of the pond!!

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13 Feb 2011   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Fugs. Please let us know how it went.
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14 Feb 2011   #8
Fugs

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

All good matey, removed networking from the navigation pane easy with those instructions and downloaded the link to networking and pinned it to my start bar. Workaround succesfully engaged - we've now extended the life of my little NAS box!

Kudos well deserved my good man!!

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14 Feb 2011   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news Fugs. Thank you for posting back.
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21 Feb 2011   #10
Fugs

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You are most welcome!

As a side note..I thought you might be interested to know that my DVD drive no longer appears in Explorer either unless you have a disc in the drive.

I have checked "Hide empty drives.." and it is not selected.

It does not bother me and I shall leave it configured as such. I haven't even used the network link yet but we've already stopped the drive spinning up unnecesserily several dozen times over the last week..saving power, the environment, money and hassle...

You are entitled to enable smug mode..!

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