Windows 10: How To Add Any App You Want To The Menu

  1.    16 Sep 2015 #1

    How To Add Any App You Want To The Menu

    I had been stymied by two things. One was to get the hated OneDrive icon off the list of "All Apps", and the other was adding a shortcut to the functionally better Printers folder (Think XP) to the list. I finally tricked the computer to revealing the solution. How? Well I drug a shortcut from the App List to the desktop then looked to see where it was pointed. After deleting the shortcut to OneDrive, it no longer appeared in the menu (restart may be needed). There's also a reg key to alter that will remove OneDrive from Explorer.

    I then took a couple of shortcuts, one to a web console for my NAS the other the beloved Printers folder, and dropped them in the folder. Bingo! Instant satisfaction. A big sigh of relief. Below is the path to where those App shortcuts live.

    C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    If you want your own good printer folder, here's the path for the shortcut.

    C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL PrintersFolder

    Now to start uninstalling crap apps with PowerShell. :)

    Hope this helps
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  2. XweAponX's Avatar
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       16 Sep 2015 #2

    Crap! The Shortcut successfully created itself even by copying your shortcut exactly!

    I used powershell to eradicate a bunch of poopy tile apps I never used, getoffice, getskype etc. One thing I hatre is Skype, don't use it, don't allow it to be installed on any of my machines. One of the MS downdates force-installed Lync somehow, which is the Office version of Skype for Business.
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  3.    16 Sep 2015 #3

    Unwanted Apps

    So many unwanted apps, but once I found those instructions for the Powershell to eradicate them, the world has seemed a little brighter.

    I sure do like the classic Printer Folder. Right click and get properties, just see printers and not a bunch of other "devices". See the Comment and Location fields. I add that folder to every workstation I put into service at the office. My users are spoiled.

    By the way, I have been altering the App List by removing folders and just leaving wanted program shortcuts. While some live in the profile's appdata Start Menu list I had in my first post, most live in the old Start Menu folder.

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    Why click on one or two subfolders to get to that one app you want? Paste it alone and delete the folder(s). Fits the new format better (in my opinion). Some suites require a folder, but one offs that might have an uninstaller, help page, or other nonsense in with them can be separated and the chaff deleted.

    I was really thrilled to kill OneDrive. I already had it disabled, but hated seeing it in the menu and in Explorer. I didn't do the complete uninstall, just in case I want it some day. But it is now out of sight and out of mind.

    If anyone wants instructions on how to remove the unwanted apps that were added by default, go to the web page below. You can copy and paste the test straight into Powershell from the web page.
    Last edited by Brink; 16 Sep 2015 at 20:43. Reason: updated link for the same here
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  4. XweAponX's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
       16 Sep 2015 #4

    I used that very link to figure out how to delete that utter cack.

    yah, I like this XP-style Printers folder with XP-Style context menu. When you hit "Properties" the actual printer properties pop out, not the device properties!
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