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Start Menu Toolbar - Create on Windows 8 Taskbar

  1. #21


    Thanks for the tutorial. I went the route of the Start Menu Toolbar except I made my shortcut for "Programs" within Start Menu, then placed it where all users could get to it if they wanted to put it on the taskbar. (nobody logs in as an administrator for normal use) I did find that as I added applications, they show up on the toolbar, so I haven't had to recreate it.
    My preferred method since I don't want to use third party stuff just yet to modify the OS. Later, when I'm comfortable with the OS itself, I might consider it, but I prefer to remain a "purist" when first learning a new version.
    Thanks again.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 9
    W8 Pro 64, W7 Ultimate 64, Windows XP Pro 32


    Well I've managed to get it to work somewhat, but it doesn't look anything like the images above.
    It goes right to the folder I saved it at. Must be doing something wrong, which I'm most adept
    at doing..

    I DID manage to get my taskbar icons centered as I like, so not all is lost.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 21,818
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    Hello n2gc,

    If you like, post back with a screenshot showing it, and we'll see if we can help figure out what's wrong.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 9
    W8 Pro 64, W7 Ultimate 64, Windows XP Pro 32


    Thanks. It looks like the image on the first page, 3rd item, image.
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  5. #25


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Do you not have the small expansion arrow for the toolbar that opens like in the tutorial?

    Try creating a new toolbar again, but don't do anything else other than using the location below in step 4 instead to see how that works for you.


    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
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  6. #26


    Posts : 9
    W8 Pro 64, W7 Ultimate 64, Windows XP Pro 32


    Thanks. I've manged to bumble through it and now it opens like the older start menu, but it sits
    over in the right corner. I notice that if I move it to the left corner like it use to be and center
    the icons, then all programs show, but it shows the path to the entire folder. If I move it back
    to the far right with the other task bar icons to the left corner, then place the cursor on
    "Start Menu >>" it goes to "Programs". I click that and all the programs list like they used to
    on a W7 start menu. I realize I'm not doing something right so I shall start again.

    I have to admit this is sort of fun. Helps me keep making excuses for not going out and cutting
    the front lawn..

    I guess I could use Classic Shell, but don't really want to.
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  7. #27


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    The Start Menu toolbar will just need to have something (ex: pinned program, another toolbar) to the right of it to prevent it from expanding across the taskbar. The dotted separator line of the other item pressed against the left side of the Start Menu toolbar is what keeps it from expanding, and allows you to have on the expansion arrows.

    If you like, take a look at step 7 in the tutorial below for Quick Launch to help get a feel for it.

    Quick Launch - Add to Taskbar in Windows 8
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  8. #28


    Posts : 9
    W8 Pro 64, W7 Ultimate 64, Windows XP Pro 32


    Thanks. That worked pretty good. Now it's where I'm used to and the icons are
    centered. I still have to click "Start >>" then "Programs" then it lists. I can live with
    that.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. Well, you could create a toolbar with the path below instead to have it list directly if you like.

    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
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  10. #30


    Posts : 1
    64 bit Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    Thank you soo very much Brink!!
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