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Windows 7: alphabetical folders in start menu

23 Jan 2010   #1
DWFII

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
alphabetical folders in start menu

I saw a post somewhere on this forum about how to set up alphabetized folders in start menu.

The folders were just named "A", "B", "C", etc., and then application short cuts were moved into their respective folder...Adobe Reader would be found in the "A" folder.

As a bonus when a user typed "A' into the Start Menu search window the folder would be found and then opened.

Can someone (or the author) remember where that post was and provide a link? I searched for "alphabetizing the start menu" but no joy.


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23 Jan 2010   #2
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I don't know about alphabetizing, but I have my folder tree divided into 8 main categories:

BurMan
BusMan
ComMan
DevelMan
EdiMan
FileMan
MuseMan
SysMan

Each of these are further divided by subfolders. It is a matter of preference, but I find this a faster way of navigating to a particular program.
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23 Jan 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I was the author, but it did not pertain to start menu. It invloved just folders, but here it is

Windows usual 'snap to grid' feature is gone???
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23 Jan 2010   #4
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

It is quite simple.
Open users - yourusername - Appdata - roaming - Microsoft - Windows - Start menu.
Create the new folders in "programs" (A: B. etc)
Close the folders down and then, in the start menu, just drag and drop the shortcuts into the folders, as you want them.
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23 Jan 2010   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

A shorter path that works is Program Data\Start Menu\Programs.
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23 Jan 2010   #6
DWFII

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
I was the author, but it did not pertain to start menu. It invloved just folders, but here it is

Windows usual 'snap to grid' feature is gone???

No, that's not the post. The one I read had images of the start menu...several posts worth.


Thanks anyway.
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23 Jan 2010   #7
DWFII

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davehc View Post
It is quite simple.
Open users - yourusername - Appdata - roaming - Microsoft - Windows - Star menu.
Create the new folders in "programs" (A: B. etc)
Close the folders down and then, in the start menu, just drag and drop the shortcuts into the folders, as you want them.
I understand. And I can do the alphabetical folder thing or I can set up start menu folders like "system utilities," "Office Apps," etc..

But I was looking for a little more info on how the search thing worked. For instance when I type "A" in the search pane now...before making any changes to the Start Menu, I get a list of results: not all of them beginning with "A".

I don't understand why that should be the case.
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23 Jan 2010   #8
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The Start Menu's search looks at more than just the Start Menu's items. You could reduce the scope of the search by editting the Indexing Options in the Control Panel, but if you did, that would significantly reduce the usefulness of the search capabilities.
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