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Windows 7: Opening item on Windows Start menu without it collapsing?

09 Mar 2017   #11
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Weird

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Funny I did it and the file opened behind my browser window
Start menu still closed though but normally the file would open on top not behind
I tried a couple of different programs.
Solitaire and VLC opened on top, but MPC opened below the browser window.

It must be a Start Menu bug and/or application dependent.

The Start Menu is twitchy.
On my Main PC the "Start Menu Drag & Drop" works differently to my other PC's "Start Menu Drag & Drop".


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09 Mar 2017   #12
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yep I only tried notepad file no telling what other program files would do.
All I know is shift while opening something does little towards the question at hand anyway
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09 Mar 2017   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

The shift key things doesn't work for me either.

Jack
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09 Mar 2017   #14
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Works just fine for me! Can't explain it..
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09 Mar 2017   #15
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thx1139 View Post
Sometimes I would like to open more than one thing from the Windows Start menu including multiple items from the recent jump list. When I click on something the Start menu disappears and I have to open it again and move the mouse cursor as necessary but this could be avoided if it were possible to hold the Start menu open. Is that possible?
While the Shift key does not seem to work for most of the replies, you can use the Windows key. This will open the Start menu & you can select a program to run, the Start menu will disappear, but press the Windows key again & select the new program & so on.

While this doesn't solve the OP's question is does make it quicker & easier than continually moving the mouse to the Start button etc..

As Thrash said when using the Shift key or just the Start menu the program opens behind the browser window, whereas using the Windows key to open the Start menu the program opens in front of the browser & the last one opened will be on top.
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10 Mar 2017   #16
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
While the Shift key does not seem to work for most of the replies, you can use the Windows key. This will open the Start menu & you can select a program to run, the Start menu will disappear, but press the Windows key again & select the new program & so on.

While this doesn't solve the OP's question is does make it quicker & easier than continually moving the mouse to the Start button etc..
Unfortunately what you described (use Windows key) is already what I'm doing so it's not an improvement.

The shift key does nothing for me except open the program in the background.
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10 Mar 2017   #17
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

You could consider underclocking your CPU, to a frequency lower than the standard.

Then when you open Start Menu, it might just stay open long enough for you to make multiple clicks, selecting the items of your choice.

Don't know if suggestion would work in practice.

I normally create desktop shortcuts for when I want multiple selections launching together.

Alternatively, could you configure mouse or keyboard custom keys to launch designated items. Or is that going off the question a bit?

You might have to make compromises somewhere, in order to achieve the question.
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11 Mar 2017   #18
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Does anyone know of a Start Menu Timeout Registry setting (I assume there must be one)?
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