Start Menu - Shortcuts

ByLine
How to Add or Delete a Shortcut or Folder From the Start Menu in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to add or delete items from both the Normal and Classic Start Menu "All Programs" area to help organize it.
How to Add or Delete a Shortcut or Folder From the Start Menu in Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to add or delete items from both the Normal and Classic Start Menu All Programs area to help organize it.
Note   Note
This is the location for the two Start menu folders. You will need to have Show hidden files and folders checked in Folder Options to see these locations.

Account

Location

All Users

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Specific User

C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs


warning   Warning
If you place a folder shortcut in the Start Menu, it will not expand like a folder when clicked on. Instead, it will only open in a new window when clicked on. You will need to create a New Folder in the Start Menu for the folder to expand in it.
EXAMPLE: Normal Start Menu or Classic Start Menu
NOTE:
The shortcuts and folders are in the All Programs part of the left white side of the Start Menu. (See left screenshot below)
Start_Menu.jpgClassic.jpg



OPTION ONE
To Delete a Shortcut or Folder

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. Click on All Programs.​
NOTE: You will click on Programs instead for the Classic Start Menu.
3. Right click on the shortcut or folder and click on Delete.​
NOTE: If the folder or shortcut came from the All Users location above, then you will need to approve the deletion first.​





OPTION TWO
To Add or Delete a Shortcut or Folder

For Only the Classic Start Menu
1. Right click on the Start button and click on Customize.
2. Click on Properties.
3. Choose your action: (See screenshot below table)​

Action

Description

Add

Browse to a program .exe file location to create a shortcut.

Remove

Delete a shortcut from the Classic Start Menu.

Advanced

Takes you to the window in the section below for both versions.

Sort

Just sorts the shortcuts in order.

Classic_Menu.jpg

For Both the Normal and Classic Start Menu
1. Right click on the Start button.​
2. To Open the Start Menu Used by All Users
A) Click on Open All Users or Explore All Users. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: They open to the same location of: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
B) Go to step 4.​
Right_Click.jpg


3. To Open the Start Menu Used by the Current Single User Only
A) Click on Explore or Open. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: They open to the location of:
C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Right_Click2.jpg


4. Click on the Programs folder. (See screenshot below)​
Programs.jpg

5. Add or delete the shortcut or folder for the Start Menu like you would any other file in a Explorer window. (See screenshot below)​
A)To Delete a Folder or Shortcut - Right click on the folder or shortcut and click on Delete.
WARNING: Deleting a folder will also delete any shortcuts that were in the folder.​
B)To Add a Shortcut - Drag and drop or cut/copy and paste the shortcut into this location.​
NOTE: To prevent the shortcut from easily losing it's correct Target (Program that it opens), create a shortcut directly from the program's .exe file (EX: C:\Program Files). Right click the .exe and click on Send To and Desktop
(create shortcut), and then move the shortcut into this location.
C)To Add a Folder - Right click an empty area in the window and click on New and Folder.​
NOTE: See the Warning at the top of the tutorial.​
Programs2.jpg



That's it,
Shawn




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The Cool Guy

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Shawn, how to change the target for Music, Pictures or anything on the Start Menu?
 

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Brink

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mvp
Sorry The Cool Guy, I'm not aware of any easy way to change the default target for the Start Menu buttons on the dark side. :(

Shawn

EDIT:
Asked Ted if he could post the method that he used. Hopefully it will work for you.
 

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Bare Foot Kid

R.I.P. August 13th 2014
Shawn, how to change the target for Music, Pictures or anything on the Start Menu?


Hello TCG.


I haven't done this in a while but give this a go ... r click music, properties, location, move, select folder; and after you select a folder you get this: you don't want two copies do you? I just had "music" pointing to my "storage" drive but I canceled because I didn't want to keep it that way; but you get the idea. There are 3 r side links you can use but I can't remember, just play with it.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/107990-personal-user-shell-folders-move-location.html


Move.JPG C on R  Side.JPG

I hope this helps!


Later :shock: Ted
 

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The Cool Guy

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Thanks a lot, Shawn and Ted. ;)
 

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Brink

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mvp
I'm happy to hear that Ted's method worked for you. :)
 

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Bare Foot Kid

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Hello TCG.


I'm pleased I could be of assistance.


















Later :) Ted
 

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tamtee

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Re: Start Menu - Shortcuts Location /Path incorrect

Hi Shawn /Ted
Today I decided to have my common behavior items - Docs Pics, Music etc showing on my startmenu . & I customised start menu accordingly ..BUT ALL of my Docs Pics, Music are pointing to an old location for those folders ..:confused:

I "moved" my data a long time ago, ( and as I havent used this feature on start menu hadnt noticed this location/path issue before today).

I moved mine with the help of Toshiba Tech Support over the phone when I was wanting to move all my personal docs to e drive for backup purposes. I remember talking to them about using the move location feature.. they said something about there being easier ways etc .. but to be honest I cant be sure if we did it Teds way or not .

I do recall being told to rename my old personal folders to Docs_old , Pics_old etc to avoid any poss confusion further down the line..

So basically on C drive there are now Pics_old, Music_old, Docs_old etc and on e drive Documents, Pictures, Music ...

Well now there IS confusion ...for me

SO to clarify what I Currently have showing on my start menu is this

On the right hand side in the grey area, Documents_old which is pointing to
C:\Users\myname\Documents

As I said before, My Current docs location is: E:\Documents

All the startup menu ( Docs, Music, Pictures) are pointing to my old locations for those folders ( when they used to be on c drive)

My Q is how do I change the location of these startmenu ( COmputer, Documents, Music etc ) to point to my Current location ones on the e drive

I HOPE this makes sense

For what its worth Ive attached a small pic of this

Many Thanks

Tamtee
 

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Hello Tamtee,

When you right click on the user folders on C with old in the name and click on Properties, do they have a "Locations" tab still?

If so, then they did not actually get moved to E.

If you do the same to user folders on E, do they have a "Locations" tab?
 

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