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[Tutorial] Custom start menu


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#1 Blankwire

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 10:01 PM

After posting about the dock built into Windows I thought I should post about another tweak I did to my system.

Again, most people probably know about this tweak already. But for those who don't, here we go.

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Windows dosn't have to display the most recently used programs. You can also put in programs directly onto the start menu.

First, right-click on the Start button and select 'Properties'. Go to the 'Start Menu' tab and make sure the first bullet is selected.

Click on 'Customize and pick which size you want the icons to appear for your programs. Then, bring the 'Number of programs on the Start menu' to 0. Also, deselect the internet and e-mail programs under 'Show on Start menu'. Click OK for all windows. There should be no programs on the start menu at this point.

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Now, for the fun part. Make a folder somewhere on your hard drive (call it anything you want, it doesn't matter. Create shortcuts to the programs that you want to appear on the start menu. You can rename the shortcuts, change the icons, whatever you want. I would recomend to put the names of the programs in the 'Comments' field if you choose to re-name the shortcut.

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All you have to do is drag-and-drop the shortcuts onto the start menu.

The end result should look something like this:
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#2 Blankwire

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 10:07 PM

And by the way, please excuse the spelling mistakes. I would edit my post, but for some reason, Image Shack doesn't like it when people edit, or the images could go bye-bye. :(

#3 Screen Scratcher

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 02:12 AM

I am sure it will be useful for many newbies (Y)

#4 cmkumar2k

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 03:51 AM

gr8 tut. thanks blankwire!

#5 Virus Smith

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 09:06 AM

I always thought that how people get custom icons at the left side of start menu :D
Thanks Blankwire.

#6 AirCav

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 01:35 AM

where can i get that vs?

#7 WinTrunix

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 01:39 AM

AirCav, The visual style is Opus OS

#8 HingVista

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 11:27 AM

It was not in my mind that shortcuts should be made first :D

Edit: No Just drag, and change the icon.

Edited by HingXP, 06 March 2005 - 10:19 AM.


#9 Blankwire

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 02:43 PM

It was not in my mind that shortcuts should be made first :D

O...K?? :huh: :blink:

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 02:52 PM

wow, cool, thanks blank (MUSE?), i just did this, and i llike my start menu alot better now. is there any way in the default luna to kill the text beside "mo computer" and such, or do i have to use a VS?

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 03:15 PM

wow, cool, thanks blank (MUSE?), i just did this, and i llike my start menu alot better now. is there any way in the default luna to kill the text beside "mo computer" and such, or do i have to use a VS?

I'm not MUSE! B)

You have to use a VS that supports a compact start menu. You can't use Luna. :(

#12 renohardcore

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 04:50 PM

thanks alot. :)

#13 Villain

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 05:14 PM

:D

#14 Benji

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 05:50 PM

Solo muse is now IIVEU

#15 Kikola

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Posted 31 January 2005 - 01:04 AM

I have a question though, in the picture of the window with the icons in it. You changed your "throbber" to a Gant one, how? Id like to change mine as well if possible.

#16 Blankwire

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Posted 31 January 2005 - 01:11 AM

I have a question though, in the picture of the window with the icons in it. You changed your "throbber" to a Gant one, how? Id like to change mine as well if possible.

I used the GANT GUIReplacer Module (sorry - no link).

But now I switched to the GANT 2 Ocean SP2 shell pack and totally removed it, because GUIReplacer didn't change all my icons. :(

#17 ubergeek

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Posted 05 March 2005 - 09:36 PM

what hingxp was trying to say is, you don't need to create a folder called C:\Custom Start Menu or whatever. all you need to do is drag shortcuts from their current locations onto your start menu.

#18 HingVista

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 10:19 AM

ubergeek is right. Just drag, and change the icon.

#19 ubergeek

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 03:56 PM

and just to clarify, the shortcuts won't disappear from their original places. another way besides drag/drop is right click the shortcut and select "pin to start menu"

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 02:19 AM

and just to clarify, the shortcuts won't disappear from their original places. another way besides drag/drop is right click the shortcut and select "pin to start menu"

Haven't been around here lately (;)), but there's a reason for this.

By creating a folder on your hard drive, it won't change the icons or the name (if you decide to change them) for the actual shortcuts in the start menu. :)

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