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Windows 7: Add Custom Folder/Library to the Start Menu

28 Sep 2009   #1

Windows XP Home/Vista/7, Ubuntu
Add Custom Folder/Library to the Start Menu

Hello, I have added a custom folder to my Username folder, and I would like it to appear on the start menu alongside Videos, documents etc.
Any links, walkthroughs etc appreciated. A quick search revealed nothing at
Seven Forums about this. . .
Despite the brevity of this post I'm quite adept with Windows and software in general, I'll look up any words used that I do not know...

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28 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 64bit RTM

You can't add custom folders to the right side of the start menu, only the left side.

You can however set your User folder to open as a menu instead of a link and it will expand out and you can get to your custom folder that way. One extra step but that's about alll you can do.

Start Menu - Customize
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28 Sep 2009   #3

Vista and Virtual Win 7 RC
Got it on left sie

I could get it on the left side by dropping and dragging, but not the right. I even created a file inside "Custom Folder" to see if it would give me options to "expand" such as Word 2010, Windows Live Writer, Firefox, Getting Started, and Sticky notes, but I could not see a way for it to make it expand. If it would expand so that you could see the contents of the file, you might even be better off having it on the left side, but I wasn't able to find that function :-( At least you can have it on the left side by dropping and dragging though. If you need screen shots, let me know.

In the meantime, maybe I can find a registry hack or something to get it on the right side.
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28 Sep 2009   #4

Windows XP Home/Vista/7, Ubuntu

In practical applications, there no such thing as can't for software. . .
Theres gotta be some setting somewhere. Even if it requires editing a .dll or some other cryptic OS file...
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16 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64

Adding custom links to the right hand side of the start menu would require a code guru.

Taken that I'm not a code guru and would still like a custom link on the right hand side of my start menu, there are a few work arounds to this.

Option 1:

The Documents, Pictures, Music, Video, Download links can be routed to whatever folder you want.(You can enable/disable these librarys from showing in your start menu by right clicking on the taskbar, going to the start menu tab, and selecting customize.) The downside of this is that you can't change the names of the libraries.

In my example, I have all my documents stored on a secondary internal HDD. (E:/)
Step 1: Start -> Right click on Documents -> Select Properties

Step 2: Click "Include a folder"

Step 3: Browse to your given directory, and click "Include Folder"
(In my case it is "E:\My Documents")
Step 4: In the Library locations box, select the directory you just chose, then click "Set save location"

Step 5(Optional): you can remove the default directories so only the directory you specified is opened when you go to the documents library

Step 6: Click Ok, and it prompts you if you want to move all the files from the old location(s) to your new directory. This is up to you, I say no.

Step 7: Hit Start -> Click Documents to verify it points to your new directory.

Option 2:

Very similar to option 1, but with a little more customization.

Step 1: Enable favorites menu in taskbar properties -> start menu -> customize

Step 2: Right click on favorites when in the start menu, and select properties.

Step 3: Under the location tab, change the directory to whatever you wish.

Step 4: Click ok.

This option is nice because it allows you to browse the directory as a menu.

I think of these as redneck workarounds, but take from it what you want :)
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25 Nov 2009   #6

windows 7

Typical Windows crap. Let's see I can add Favorites, Games, Homegroup, Recorded TV, Videos

NONE of which I care to ever open let alone have quick access to from the Start menu but hey I cannot add a custom folder!! Stupid

So far I am not impressed with Windows 7 and will stick with the competitors OS. Microsoft keeps to trying to think for the user which I guess is what you need to do for dumber users.
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08 Jan 2010   #7

Win7 Pro; Linux Mint 7

Have been searching for ages for a way to do this - I want to have a link to my Music folder on the right side of the Start Menu. Can't believe there is no way to get such a simple thing!

I disabled the library view because of it's sheer annoyingness (the number of times i had to right click and select 'open folder location' just to be able to work with my files properly) and now i don't have links to my my picture folder and music folder.

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08 Jan 2010   #8


Favorites, Games, Homegroup, Recorded TV, Videos have something in common.
i can't believe that this area is hard-coded.
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24 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

Maybe you would take a look at this Start Menu User Folder Buttons - Open to Users Instead of Libraries .

I hope it could help you.
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10 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32/64bit. (2PC's)

I was looking for this as well.
The most sensible thing to do for me was adding the (for me unused) downloads folder as a link (dunno how its called exactly in english) and then before you do anything else, change it's name to whatever you want it to be.
Then right click it and select properties.
Go to the location tab and enter your designated folder.
Thats all, Easy as that.

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