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Make a Mini Start Menu With No Additional Software

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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Make a Mini Start Menu With No Additional Software


    Some people want their Start Menu back. Although I love the new Start Screen and tiles, there are times when I am on the Desktop that I wish I could launch a regular Windows application. Instead of having a bunch of icons on my Desktop, a menu would be better.

    I don't like installing additional software, like the Start Menu 'restorers', so I tried to figure out a way to do it without installing anything.

    So, here's a way to fake the Start Menu by using the built-in Taskbar functions. It's not as pretty and complex as the Start Menu, but it's sure better than having a bunch of icons on your Desktop or spread across the Taskbar.

    Last edited by Brink; 18 Jun 2014 at 12:41. Reason: embedded video

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    64-bit Windows 10


    If you like, here's another Start Menu toolbar option.

    Start Menu Toolbar - Create on Windows 8 Taskbar
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If you like, here's another Start Menu toolbar option.

    Start Menu Toolbar - Create on Windows 8 Taskbar
    Wow, nice. Since it is automatically updated as the system is updated, it's great. Only one problem. It contains every single program folder so the list on my system is soooooo long that all I see is folders until I scroll down.

    But I'm going to play with it to see what can be done with it. I wish it could be rearranged or limited. That way we could all have a mini start menu until they release the real thing.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    True, but you could always remove anything that you don't want in it using this below since the Apps screen is basically just the new Start Menu.

    "Apps" Screen - Add or Remove Items in Windows 8
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Make a Mini Start Menu With No Additional Software
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