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Windows 7: Change Start Menu

29 Jan 2009   #11

Win 7 x64 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by napilopez View Post
Well, you can kinda do your first thing by pressing Winkey+1-9 for your pinned taskbar items :P. Tutorials say 1-5, but I get it to work all the way till 9 :P.
Thanks for your reply, but pressing Winkey+1-9 doesn't work for me.
I have an application, the name of which starts with "1.", pinned to the start menu. I want to launch the application by pressing Winkey+1 (like Winkey+R for "Run"), but the "1" only shows up in the start menu search box, to no avail.
I then pinned the same "1."-item to the taskbar, as indicated by you above, but now pressing Winkey+1 does nothing.
Does it really work for you that way? Where is that tutorial you refer to, stating it should work for 1-5?


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29 Jan 2009   #12

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64

I believe what you are doing is pressing Winkey and then pressing "1" afterwards correct? What I am saying is that you press them both at the same time, or hold winkey while you press the 1 button. Renaming the program is not necessary. Hope this helps!
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29 Jan 2009   #13

Win 7 x64 Ultimate

I've been pressing Winkey and "1" simultaneously, like when starting "Run" by pressing Winkey+R. Nothing happens. The "1" goes into the search box when first pressing & releasing Winkey and "1" afterwards, of course.
This was my reason for wanting ability to disable the start menu search box, because my thought was that the start menu would then work like the classic start menu, ie. the search box not snatching the "1".

You mentioned some tutorial for Winkey+"1-5" earlier on. Can you help me find it?
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29 Jan 2009   #14

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64

It wasn't a tutorial, but rather several websites mentioning Win+1-5 letting you activate the respective pinned taskbar program. Its very strange that it doesnt work. Do you have any particular customized settings for your taskbar?
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30 Jan 2009   #15

Win 7 x64 Ultimate

No, no odd customizations for my taskbar or start menu.
If you are able to launch items by pressing Win+1-5, where are these items located: taskbar or start menu or what? I ask this because I'm trying to launch them from the start menu, but you seem rather to talk abt the taskbar. Also, do the names of your Win+1-5(9) items start with the corresponding number?

My aim is the ability to launch frequent applications by just key combinations instead of mouse labour (as back in the classic start menu).
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30 Jan 2009   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

You need to have them pinned in the taskbar for the shortcut to work.
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30 Jan 2009   #17

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Hi, ustahl

You can add a keyboard shortcut to any program shortcut - just right click and on the shortcut tab there is a box for shortcut key just press a key and then CTRL+Alt +key will launch the program.

Also with the Winkey shortcuts you have to press WINKEY and 1 together to launch the taskbar items if you release the WINKEY before the number then the number will go into the search box
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30 Jan 2009   #18

Win 7 x64 Ultimate

Thanks Grim & Barman, will try those a bit later today and report my findings.
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30 Jan 2009   #19

Win 7 x64 Ultimate

Well, actually I knew abt pinning items to taskbar. But pressing Win+number simultaneously won't launch anything pinned to the taskbar (or start menu).

I'm now adding hotkeys (Alt+1-9) to my frequent apps pinned to the start menu, and that seems to work. I add the hotkey numbers to the names of the start menu pinned items' names so that when I press Winkey I see in the start menu what hotkey to use for launching which application without the mouse. It's quite fast.:)

Additionally, I have also taken some deeper looks at the new taskbar's potentials, which I did not realize earlier on. Have obviously been stubbornly too pre-occupied sticking to old habits. I'm adding an extra Quicklaunch toolbar for certain items into the taskbar next to the start button, it looks like in Vista. The new taskbar makes it possible to have a totally clean desktop, as opposed to earlier having a plethora of icons cluttering the desktop.

I guess it's time for me to scuttle oldfashioned habits and move on.

Thanks for your input, guys!
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01 Feb 2009   #20

windows 7 RTM
True Launch Bar

Give " True Launch Bar " a try.

It replaces ( What was the Quick Start ) in XP / Vista and
will configure Directories / folder / folder all you want.

And a lot of other things which I do not use. But it is activates
with just a hover and is completely configurable.

true launch bar - Google Search

Give it a try, It is terrific.

If you do not like TLB than the Quick Launch Bar is recoverable
in Windows 7.

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