Windows 1809 START menu forgets new folder and changes in app list

  1. jkh334's Avatar
    Posts : 15
    Windows 10 PRO x64
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    Windows 1809 START menu forgets new folder and changes in app list


    I wanted to condense all office apps into one folder in the start menu instead of having them scattered throughout start in alphabetical order. I changed the name of the default 'Microsoft Office Tools' folder to ...Office 2019 and made a new folder inside this one named ...Office Tools placing the apps that were in there originally into the new folder while moving the main office apps from throughout start into the ...office 2019 folder. Everything seemed to behave as expected with all office apps in the ...Office 2019 folder when I clicked on start.

    It seems a short time later (probably after a reboot) the apps are no longer in the Office 2019 folder but scattered again in ABC order throughout Start. When I right-click and 'Open File Location' the changes I made are still there but so too are new shortcuts to the office apps added outside the Office 2019 folder back in the original default location. I'm attaching screenshots of what my start menu folders look like showing the times I made the folders and then the times where the new original shortcuts were somehow brought back. Any ideas how to fix this would be appreciated.

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    Last edited by jkh334; 16 Nov 2018 at 23:46. Reason: Change Screenshots
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,996
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    There is a fundamental limitation with all Win 10 style start menus - Win 10's own and 3rd party ones.

    If you have folders nested about 3 deep, the shortcuts therein are shown in the menu, but not the folders.
    Thus, since I have deeply nested start menu folders in categories, I can see

    Help
    Help
    Help
    Help
    ....

    readme
    readme
    readme
    .....

    etc - each one from a different program's subfolder.

    If that's what's happening to you, it's not new, not an 1809 bug, it's a stupid design limitation.

    Either work within the limits supported, or use e.g. Classic Shell (now Open Shell) start menu (free) which many here use, which works properly and so much better in so many respects.


    (You can still also use Win 10's start menu with that installed - and it supports UWP apps but not tiles).
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  3. jkh334's Avatar
    Posts : 15
    Windows 10 PRO x64
    Thread Starter
       #3

    dalchina said:
    There is a fundamental limitation with all Win 10 style start menus - Win 10's own and 3rd party ones.

    If you have folders nested about 3 deep, the shortcuts therein are shown in the menu, but not the folders.
    Thus, since I have deeply nested start menu folders in categories, I can see

    Help
    Help
    Help
    Help
    ....

    readme
    readme
    readme
    .....

    etc - each one from a different program's subfolder.

    If that's what's happening to you, it's not new, not an 1809 bug, it's a stupid design limitation.

    Either work within the limits supported, or use e.g. Classic Shell (now Open Shell) start menu (free) which many here use, which works properly and so much better in so many respects.


    (You can still also use Win 10's start menu with that installed - and it supports UWP apps but not tiles).
    Ok so I deleted the shortcuts that I had earlier in the Office 2019 folder and Dragged the new Icons that Windows recreated and placed them in the Office 2019 folder. Here is how my start menu actually looks. The ones I highlighted in purple were supposed to be in a folder and then the others in a folder inside that folder. This could be due to the limitation I would guess.
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  4. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,066
    Windows 10
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    @jkh334

    You need to create your own unique folders, then make copies of shortcuts and 'Hide' the originals, (right click/Properties/Hidden/Apply/OK)

    Don't delete items, they'll just get re-created.

    You can also rename shortcuts and folders using numbers or Alt Codes to create a unique hierarchy in the Start Menu...

    (When a program updates, it will re-show the original shortcuts again, simply re-hide them and your custom ones will reappear.)

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