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How to: Create a simple Start menu using 7stacks

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    How to: Create a simple Start menu using 7stacks


    7stacks is a neat little program that tries to bring Mac OS's "Stacks" to windows. this is also an excellent way of making a rudimentary start menu that allows you to access programs.

    Steps:
    1. install 7stacks. there's no shovelware, and you can skip "create shortcut on desktop, because it'll ask you if you want to launch on completeion.

    2. Enter data as shown, note the folder path and that the icon path is a little different. That path will lead to the main applications menu, which should work fine as long as you install applications so everyone can access.


    3. click on the ellipses button after the icon path, which will bring up this window:

    you actually have two icons to chose from, the one that is highlighted and the blue Windows 8 logo on the top. I prefer the older version myself, so that is what I used

    4. Click "create shortcut on desktop," then pin to taskbar and move to the far left.

    5. There you go. Feel free to tweak as desired. If you want, you can create a custom folder somewhere that has everything arranged to your liking. You can also create shortcuts to common functions such as sleep, shutdown, logoff, etc but I haven't looked yet how to do that.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 104
    windows 9


    looks useful!

    (if i were to use this mess of an OS!)
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  3. #3


    Evansville, IN
    Posts : 18
    Kubuntu 12.10/Windows 8


    7stacks was awesome for Win7 but doesnt seem to work for Win8.1, at least for me. Anyone have tips to get it working or an alternative?
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Xplorer,

    If you like, you might see how this Start Menu toolbar may work for you.

    Start Menu Toolbar - Create on Windows 8 Taskbar

    In addition:

    Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8
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  5. #5


    Evansville, IN
    Posts : 18
    Kubuntu 12.10/Windows 8


    Thanks for the tips, but really wanting something more esthetically similar to 7stacks. Shame the dev doesn't update it, but it happens.
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