1. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       23 Nov 2015 #1

    How to Add Items to "Most Used" menu?


    Dear experts

    One of the benefits of Windows10 that returned back from Windows7 is the Recent Menus.

    Unfortunately, this feature is associated with the "Most Used" section in the Start Menu.

    As most users, I used Office application frequently, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

    Word disappeared from the menu without reason, I would like to add it back. How can I do this?

    I know that I can remove some items from the menu, but how can I add some items to this menu?

    N.B.
    After the final release of Windows10, I realized that editing this menu is no longer possible!
    They even do not allow adding any item to the "Most Used" menu if they are pinned to the start menu!!! So I removed all office items from the start menu pin to allow them to be included in the "Most Used" and gain the recent facility, but no luck for Word.

    Can we do this by the RegEdit? How?

    Please help...
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,519
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       23 Nov 2015 #2

    drnesr said: View Post

    I know that I can remove some items from the menu, but how can I add some items to this menu?
    How?
    Please help...
    Hi,
    If you create a folder- call it, say '& My Favourites' - which should put it at the top of the list in the start menu- in
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    -and put whatever shortcuts you want in it, I would think you would get access to those easily.

    (Personally, the Win 10 start menu is cumbersome and simply doesn't work for me to access my normal start menu folders and subfolders and thus quite inappropriate to what I need).
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  3. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       23 Nov 2015 #3

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi,
    If you create a folder- call it, say '& My Favourites' - which should put it at the top of the list in the start menu- in
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    -and put whatever shortcuts you want in it, I would think you would get access to those easily.

    (Personally, the Win 10 start menu is cumbersome and simply doesn't work for me to access my normal start menu folders and subfolders and thus quite inappropriate to what I need).
    Thank you for your reply...
    Unfortunately, this is not what I am asking about, I would like to benefit from the left portion in the start menu to access my recent Word, Excel, etc. files.

    Still waiting for an answer...
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  4. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,519
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       23 Nov 2015 #4

    That should add to the left side of your start menu, just not in the area you want.
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  5. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,930
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       23 Nov 2015 #5

    dalchina said: View Post
    That should add to the left side of your start menu, just not in the area you want.
    drnesr said: View Post
    Thank you for your reply...
    Unfortunately, this is not what I am asking about, I would like to benefit from the left portion in the start menu to access my recent Word, Excel, etc. files.

    Still waiting for an answer...
    I'm sorry but you can't pin files to the start menu, just folders.
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  6. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,519
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       23 Nov 2015 #6

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    I'm sorry but you can't pin files to the start menu, just folders.
    That is a folder I'm talking about.. I've plenty of those showing from my start menu folders from that location.
    And files (shortcuts) from that folder too....
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  7. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,930
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       23 Nov 2015 #7

    dalchina said: View Post
    That is a folder I'm talking about.. I've plenty of those showing from my start menu folders from that location.
    And files (shortcuts) from that folder too....
    Yes.,. you can add folders to the start and then you can have your most frequently used files in there.
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  8. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       24 Nov 2015 #8

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    Yes.,. you can add folders to the start and then you can have your most frequently used files in there.
    Could you tell me how?
    Please step by step for the benefit of all readers.
    How to add a folder of the recent MS-Word file to the start menu? and how to add other to the recent MS-Excel files? and so on...
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  9. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,519
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       24 Nov 2015 #9

    drnesr said: View Post
    Could you tell me how?
    Please step by step for the benefit of all readers.
    How to add a folder of the recent MS-Word file to the start menu? and how to add other to the recent MS-Excel files? and so on...
    Hi,
    If you create a folder- call it, say '& My Favourites' - which should put it at the top of the list in the start menu- in
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    -and put whatever shortcuts you want in it, I would think you would get access to those easily.

    1. Open explorer (Win key + E)
    2. Cut & paste C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu into the address bar
    3. Hit 'Return'
    4. rt click the pane and create a new folder.
    5. Rename it (e.g.) &Myfavourites
    (& makes sure it's at the top)
    6. Put whatever shortcuts you want into the folder.
    7. Close explorer.
    8. Open the Win 10 Start Menu and look for &Myfavourites

    Someone else may have another suggestion for you. Good luck!
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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    Eastbourne East Sussex UK
    Posts : 2,431
    Windows 10 Home x64: 1607 Redstone (1) Build 143934.693
       24 Nov 2015 #10

    I have word 2016 pinned to the task bar I just click on it when I want it
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