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Re-organizing the Start/Programs bar

by PhilippeLemay / September 11, 2010 11:27 AM PDT

I'm not sure if I'm using the proper technical term, but that list of programs that scrolls out after you click "start" and then click on "programs", that thing. Over the years I pretty much just clicked "OK" or "Accept" every time an installing program prompted me a location for it, so the list has become a real mess.

I'd like to organize it a bit like I do my files, a section for video players, one for eBooks, one for picture viewers, one for art & drawing, one for software fluff. Etc. As is the list is so long it's spilt over, so now I see a double-scroll when I click open the program-bar-button-thing. And this is just a little annoying.

Problem is though, I have no idea how to clean it up. I can move the existing folders around, but I can't right click to create new ones. And I'd rather not delete something that might be important. I'd rather create a big "Other" folder, and dump everything that I don't know what it is in there.

I also tried clicking on "Explore" but it only gives me a fraction of all the programs I actually have in the programs bar. Can someone help me with this please?

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Re-organizing the Start/Programs bar
by gil_dano / September 11, 2010 4:38 PM PDT

Hi Philipe,
Go to C:\Documents and Settings\user\Start Menu - here you can open
a new folder and drag or copy/paste or send to, all the shortcuts that
you wish to put into this folder. I also have files here, for example,
"Graphics" into which I put shortcuts for all my graphic programmes. I
am very happy with this method. Hope this helps. Gillian

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And another way
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 11, 2010 9:04 PM PDT

Right click your Start menu button, select Open, Explore, Open All Users or Explorer All Users.

Your Start menu > All programs is populated from two areas. The first is from applications you install specifically for your own XP login account. The second is from applications that are installed available for any/all users.

So, right clicking and selecting Open or Explore opens the same Windows Explorer window, but selecting Open/Explorer "All Users" also opens the Programs menu for All Users. Open both, set them side by side, and start creating your own folders and drag the shortcuts to where you want.


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Solved it.
by PhilippeLemay / September 29, 2010 11:05 AM PDT
In reply to: And another way

YES! That's it exactly, I was looking under \user\ and was seeing only a fraction of what's actually in my start bar.

I checked in All Users and it was all there, thank you.

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Uh... actually wait a minute
by PhilippeLemay / September 29, 2010 11:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Solved it.

Upon closer review... no, their not all there. They seem to be split between my User and All Users folders. That's gona be kind of confusing...

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