Start Menu - Customize

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  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 x64

    Not quite

    Hi Brink,

    No, this doesn't quite do what I want. It does get me part-way there, in that I can end up with a "second start menu", labeled in text, that I can use to store my hierarchy of links.

    But it doesn't get me keyboard/hot key access to that list--and that is my primary desire. Microsoft seems to ignore people who use the keyboard to do things, in that, e.g., going from one version of Word to another, the menus all change (or disappear entirely in recent versions, so now we have only icons and no keyboard shortcuts to menus at all--and no, I don't want to memorize arbitrary keypresses for 100 different options, I just want to navigate the menus using the keyboard). It's frustrating to power users--makes me not want to upgrade a Microsoft app ever again. I'm certainly not using the new version of Word voluntarily. Heck, if I wanted to use an OS that ignored keyboard users, I'd just switch to Mac.

    Anyone else have any ideas? Or do I need to write an app to avoid this usability failure in W7?

    Last edited by TimMensch; 09 Nov 2009 at 12:51. Reason: Added one comment.
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  2. Posts : 72,047
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    No, you will not be able to use the Windows Key + (0-9) shortcut keys on that. Only the first 10 pinned taskbar icons can use them.

    For shortcuts in the pinned folder, you could add your own keyboard shortcut to them though.

    Another alternative, is to use a program like the Vista Start Menu one.
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Enterpise

    Brink, I have the same issue as in post 7 only with My Music. I have checked the group policy and they are all not configured. Got a registry fix for this one too?

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  4. Posts : 72,047
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Hello ATLTypeS, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Sure thing. Here you go. :)

    Hope this helps,
    Start Menu - Customize Attached Files
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Enterpise

    That didn't seem to help, i still cant manage that option in the customize start menu...strange....another strange thing is that I cant seem to add anything to the windows explorer favorites. I noticed everything is ok in my off domain profile, I think I'm gonna delete me profile and let it rebuild on Monday.

    Thanks for the help anyway Brink.
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  6. Posts : 72,047
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    You're welcome ATLTypeS. Please let us know how it went for you on this. :)
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  7. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Enterpise

    Hey guys,

    Just wanted to report that rebuilding the profile seems to have taken care of all my funky little issues.

    Thanks for the help.
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  8. Posts : 72,047
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    That's great news ATLTypeS. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. Thank you for posting back with your results. :)
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  9. Posts : 72,047
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter

    Updated tutorial to add OPTION TWO to be able to manually change the Customize Start Menu options in the registry.
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  10. Posts : 8,375
    W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64/W11 Pro Triple Boot - Main PC W7 Remote PC Micro ATX W7 Pro x64/W11 Pro

    Looks nice and clean! Personally I would be using the "2" value when going to modify the ones that will remain visible to be seen as folders. "0" for the others. That seems to work out the best rather then using links all the time.
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