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Start Menu Toolbar - Create on Windows 8 Taskbar

  1. #30

    Alternatively, there's always the classic shell download, which gives the options of Classic ('97?), XP and Vista Start buttons and menu's. IMO, THE most annoying (missing) part of 8. Simply click on programs, then drag and drop your programs into the list of favourites. Much better than that stupid metro screen.
    Classic Shell | Free software downloads at is where to get it

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  2. #31

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    Windows 8 Pro

    Is there a way to add content to the resulting menu? For instance, some of my (x86) programs do no show up. Do their respective folders need to be "active" or something?
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  3. #32

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello IML8, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sure. If you like, you could create a shortcut of the program's .exe in either folder location below to have them added to your Start Menu toolbar on the taskbar.

    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs


    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

    Hope this helps,
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  4. #33

    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro

    Perfect. Thanks, Shawn. I just wan't sure if it would muck something up or not. Now, if I could just learn how to replace the "Start Menu" toolbar title with a start button Icon, i would be happy. ????
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  5. #34

    Posts : 22,500
    64-bit Windows 10

    You're most welcome IML8.

    Well, if you like, you could use the free program Classic Shell to add a Start Menu with a Start button to use. See OPTION ONE below.

    Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8
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  6. #35

    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro

    Thanks again, Shawn, but it's provided a certain degree of satisfaction to take this information and build my own personalized START toolbar from scratch complete with shutdown, restart and log off as well as all of my other commonly used command line executables, applications and so forth. I wouldn't have been motivated to do that without your input. As for the Start button, if there's a program that can do it then there's a hack that can do it, but I'm good with what I've got for now.
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  7. #36

    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit

    I would rather try and personalize Windows, than have a third part program do it, as well.
    I am not very familiar with this toolbar on the task bar. Noticed it in Win 7 & 8,
    but it's a puzzle, to make it work into something.
    I like the way the list expands like older start menus.
    I tried different ways.

    %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    %programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    Now I have two programs menus on taskbar.
    But I really only want one.
    Any help would be great.
    I even tried and made a desktop shortcut programs folder, with the location
    C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{7be9d83c-a729-4d97-b5a7-1b7313c39e0a}
    If I then try and make a toolbar with this address, it said not valid?

    MS makes us work harder, by pushing us to learn new ways.
    Do you, or any other of the millions of smarties out there,
    know of the best, simplest way to have a combined toolbar programs menu,
    that works, without a third party program?
    A challenge to all, myself included!

    ps. I have tried Classic Start Menu. I customized to the bone. Deleted everything but one entry - programs.
    This is all I need, but is a waste to have C.S.M program, if MS has it still in system.
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  8. #37

    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8

    Actually, the two different Start Menu folders are

    "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"

    "%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"

    The first is the ALL-Users Start Menu; the second is YOUR User Start Menu. Each one is incomplete -- each has some contents that the other doesn't have. But the toolbar created as above with the CLSID-name "Programs.{7BE9D83C-A729-4D97-B5A7-1B7313C39E0A}" has all the contents of BOTH -- provided you DO use it as a toolbar. If you make a shortcut to "C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{7BE9D83C-A729-4D97-B5A7-1B7313C39E0A}" it will open a so-called "Programs Folder" which looks like another Start Menu folder, but is also incomplete! Given that the CLSID is apparently the only way to make a complete toolbar of all programs, it's strange that it isn't better documented and better known. Maybe its original intended purpose was just to be used internally by the Windows system.
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  9. #38

    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit

    Thank you very much for updating this Brink.
    It is now working great as one menu.
    If I actually go to that folder and open it, not that I need to anymore,
    it still shows everything. Just right click and pick "open" or "open all users"
    Can do same in the toolbar menu as well. Works very similar to Classic Shell Start Menu.
    Now if only it could instead of being a toolbar menu, it could open up expanding in Win x menu.
    But I read that it is difficult, as it is hard coded.
    Thanks again.
    Well worth the wait.
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  10. #39

    Posts : 22,500
    64-bit Windows 10

    You're welcome Jacatdilly,

    Well, actually you could use the method in the tutorial below to add a shortcut of the Start Menu into the WIN+X menu if you like.

    Power User Tasks Menu (Win + X) - Edit in Windows 8
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