Thursday, July 12, 2012

Custom menus in Windows Start Menu

I like to keep bunch of portable utility apps on my Windows machines that I use from time to time. Normally I store these apps in C:\Utils and then just access them via Explorer but recently I have been using one of my new favourite apps (MobaXterm), to access my Linux media centers, a lot and it's becoming a bit of pain to always go via Explorer.

So with that in mind I decided to see if I could create a custom menu in my Start menu and guess what, you can.

To do this all you need to do is:

Right click the Start button and select Properties.
Click the Customize... button

Select one of the following menus that you are not using.
Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Recorded TV or Videos.
I went with Recorded TV.
You can either use Display as a link or Display as a menu.
A link will just be a shortcut to your folder but a menu will display a pop out list, I chose menu because it's one less click.

Click the Start button and you will see the new menu, right click it and select Properties.
Add the folder or folders, you which to appear in your new menu, with the Include a folder... button. While you're there remove any default folders you don't want to appear.

Lastly right click on the new menu again and select Rename to give it a nice name and with that you are done.

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