Start menu consolidation

  1.    28 Mar 2018 #1

    Start menu consolidation


    I don't like clutter.

    To that end I have added new folders to the start menu and grouped like items together into appropriately named folders: for example, image editors and tools into a folder named image processing, various text editors into a folder named text editors, etc....simple enough. just by doing this I have consolidated 11 individual icons scattered all over the "all apps" list into 2 folders - clean and easier to find.

    My problem is I can't find anything analogous to the c:/programdata/microsoft/windows/start menu/programs folder which contains the icons for all of the programs which I have installed and allows me to rearrange the icons to my liking. Thus far I have been unsuccessful in locating such a folder.

    I'm hoping someone has done the same thing and can let me know where it, if indeed it is an it, is located.

    It'll probably turn out that the built-in apps start menu icons aren't even "real" icons and just magically appear there....

    Any feedback will be appreciated.
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  2.    28 Mar 2018 #2

    Most program icons reside within their own exe...

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  3.    28 Mar 2018 #3

    Right...I probably wasn't very clear. It isn't the icon itself I trying to get to but the shortcut.

    For the user installed programs, you can place their icons (shortcuts) into a new folder and that's the way they automagically appear in the start menu.

    However, for the included microsoft programs there is no equivalent mechanism that I can find that would allow you to locate and place its "shortcut/icon" into an "area" so it would automatically appear on the start menu by virtue of some win10 service/utility that would be scanning that "area" and building the resultant menu items.

    I hope that makes sense...kinda hard to put into words when you don't know exactly how win10 builds the menus...
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  4.    28 Mar 2018 #4

    xwray said: View Post
    Right...I probably wasn't very clear. It isn't the icon itself I trying to get to but the shortcut.

    For the user installed programs, you can place their icons (shortcuts) into a new folder and that's the way they automagically appear in the start menu.

    However, for the included microsoft programs there is no equivalent mechanism that I can find that would allow you to locate and place its "shortcut/icon" into an "area" so it would automatically appear on the start menu by virtue of some win10 service/utility that would be scanning that "area" and building the resultant menu items.

    I hope that makes sense...kinda hard to put into words when you don't know exactly how win10 builds the menus...
    Ah! I understand!

    Basically, you need to create new shortcuts of everything, give them unique names, unique folder names, etc., etc.,
    with the Universal App shortcuts you create, you also have to supply icons! Kind of a pain but doable! :)

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