XP Start Menu - Customize the commonly used programs?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Eck, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. Eck

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    Alright, so here's a pic of my start menu. The area of the shortcuts to the commonly used programs, such as AIM, Word, and notepad in mine -- is it possible to put what you want in there? Or arrange them even? So far I haven't been able to figure out if there is a special folder that contains those shortcuts or anything. Then again, I haven't looked hard. If possible, I would like to put my "Downloads" shortcut in there, as opposed to the upper "pinned" region. Not a big deal I know, but I would also like to customize the lower area as well. It's gotta be possible.
     
  2. zeke_mo

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    You can drag Icons to the upper part of the list till it just over takes the one blow it
     
  3. Johnny

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    what zeke said is the easiest way. Just drag the icons you want to use .. You can also set the number of icons to 0, this will get rid of the list below them ..
     
  4. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Zeke's idea is best because the area of shortcuts below the separator is dynamic. Those are your recently accessed programs, and I think you'd find that those change if you start opening random applications all of a sudden. I was a hardcore XP tweaker for a couple of years, and I don't know of anything you can do to make that area static without seriously modifying the whole GUI.
     
  5. Eck

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    OK, I must be retarded but I cannot drag my "Downloads" folder down into the lower part of the menu. I'm trying to stick it below the AIM shortcut...
     
  6. Eck

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    Ahh.... so it's not possible then. Alrighty.
     
  7. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Well, if the point is to have your icons there permanently, then it can be done by eliminating the recently used programs menu from the Start Menu. Right-click the taskbar, choose Properties, click Start Menu tab, click Customize. Take the number down to 0 and then you have that blank real estate to add whatever shortcuts you want. Just drag them there.
     
  8. IDLE

    IDLE OSNN Senior Addict

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    what he said. for your "Downloads" folder, you may need to create a shortcut to the Downloads folder for this to work. i dont think you can move an actual folder there because it thinks you are moving the entire folder there which you cannot do.
     
  9. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    Most cases when you move the folder there it automatically creats the shortcuts. It should do that anyhow ..
     
  10. skizo

    skizo OSNN Addict

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    If all you want is easy access to several programs, why not create quick launch shortcuts?:suprised:
     
  11. Johnny

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  12. Eagle710

    Eagle710 OSNN Senior Addict

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    drag and drop is how i do it!
     
  13. Eck

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    Pure genius. Why didn't I think of that? :rolleyes:
     
  14. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Ah, if I had a quarter for every time someone called me a genius...

    Anyone have an extra quarter so I can buy a Coke? :p

    Glad that will work for you, Eck. :)
     
  15. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Are you wanting to add those shortcuts permanently below the IE and Outlook icons? If so, right click on the shortcut you want to place there then select Pin to StartMenu. Or to remove it, right click and select remove from list.

    As far as I know, you cant customise the lower part.