Windows 10 start program list - how to edit


  1. Posts : 2
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    Windows 10 start program list - how to edit


    I used to quite like windows in the old days, maybe at 67 it's just beyond me now.
    All I want to do is go into the start menu list and take the icons of my added programs and have them show in the list without having to open a folder first.
    I'd also like to get rid of all the ones I will never use (not necessarily delete just 'hide' from the list.
    It used to be so simple... but after lots of Googling I am no further on

    Be gentle, old newbie with 10
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    stewarta13wsb said:
    All I want to do is go into the start menu list and take the icons of my added programs and have them show in the list without having to open a folder first.
    Welcome to TenForums.

    Here you go, all you need to know should be in these tutorials

    Add or Remove Items for All Apps in Start menu in Windows 10 | Tutorials

    Add or Remove Folders on Start List in Windows 10 | Tutorials

    Customize Start List Folders in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  3. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina
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    Use Start10 to format your Start Menu/All Programs how you want it to be.
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  4. Posts : 39,373
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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    The number of programs can impact boot times.
    As long as you know the pro and con.
    It may be noticeable on a regular HD and even a 7200 RPM.
    On a SSD there may not be much of an impact.
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  5. Edwin's Avatar
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  6. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    stewarta13wsb said:
    I used to quite like windows in the old days, maybe at 67 it's just beyond me now.
    All I want to do is go into the start menu list and take the icons of my added programs and have them show in the list without having to open a folder first.
    I'd also like to get rid of all the ones I will never use (not necessarily delete just 'hide' from the list.
    It used to be so simple... but after lots of Googling I am no further on

    Be gentle, old newbie with 10
    I prefer to use Classic Shell - you can configure it so mouse hover shows CS and left click shows the Start Menu
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    Hi, if you want a categorised launcher with only your selected shortcuts present, try sTabLauncher (free, small).

    Fully supports drag 'n drop (adding a shortcut or dragging a file on to a shortcut), can be set to hide off-screen, minimal number of clicks to launch a prog.
    As it's independent of the Start Menu, you'll never have things you don't want added to it.

    Windows 10 start program list - how to edit-untitled.png

    (Here as a drop-down from the top of the screen- cursor is on Calculator - the name appears).

    You can change its appearance, define your own categories. Someone here who tried it recently really liked it. Can add shortcuts to folders, files as well.

    sTabLauncher home page:
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  8. Posts : 2
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks to one and all.
    I ended up with Start10 - so quick, so simple, so perfect.
    A couple of the others I looked at were either not supported or were about to be, depending on the windows update I was on.
    Seasons Greetings to all.
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  9. Posts : 2,202
    Windows 10
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    Whilst the tutorials on here are good, they are far too complex.

    You simply make use of what Windows 10 gives you i.e. Tiles.
    Right click on the item in the All Programs list and Pin to Start. You can size and arrange Tiles in to any group you like and name those groups.
    Remove Tiles you don't want etc (right click > Unpin from Start).

    Further Options are in Settings > Personalisation > Start.

    Quite an improvement on the limited old style Start Menu.

    I'm older than you and go back to Windows 1.01 and DOS.
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