Customize Start List Folders in Windows 10

    Customize Start List Folders in Windows 10

    How to Customize Start List Folders in Windows 10
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    16 Apr 2017
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    How to Customize Start List Folders in Windows 10

    warning   Warning
    This tutorial will no longer work starting with the Windows 10 Creators Updates version 1703.

    information   Information
    The Start menu in Windows 10 has a Start list that you can customize which folders appear in the list. Users can add or remove the File Explorer, Settings, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos, Homegroup, Network, and Personal folder to their Start list to open from their Start menu.

    If you like, you are able to change the name and target path of the default folders on the Start list to customize how you like for all users on the PC.

    This tutorial will show you how to rename and change the target path of Start list folders to what you want for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to customize the Start list folders.

    Note   Note
    This will not change the icons of the folders on the Start list.

    You will not be able to change the target of the Homegroup and Network folder.

    Renaming folders will only apply the new name on the Start list, and not in Settings.


    CONTENTS:


    EXAMPLE: Default and Custom Start list folders
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    Customize Start List Folders in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Customize Start List Folders in Windows 10
    To Rename a Folder on Start List

    1. Open File Explorer.

    2. Copy and paste the location below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter.

    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu Places


    3. Right click or press and hold on one of the default folders (ex: Documents) you want to rename, and click/tap on Rename. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Type in a name (ex: Documents library) you want, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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    Customize Start List Folders in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Customize Start List Folders in Windows 10
    To Change Target Path of Folder on Start List

    1. Open File Explorer.

    2. Copy and paste the location below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter.

    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu Places


    3. Right click or press and hold on one of the default folders (ex: Documents) you want to change the target of, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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    4. In the Target field, type the full path location of any file, folder, or drive you want this shortcut to open, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)
    Tip   Tip
    The Documents, Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos folders open to the current user's personal %UserProfile% folder location.

    If you wanted them to open to the library location instead, then you could use the target paths below.

    Documents library: %appdata%\microsoft\windows\libraries\Documents.library-ms
    Music library: %appdata%\microsoft\windows\libraries\Music.library-ms
    Pictures library: %appdata%\microsoft\windows\libraries\Pictures.library-ms
    Videos library: %appdata%\microsoft\windows\libraries\Videos.library-ms


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    5. Click/tap on Continue to approve. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    16 Apr 2017 #1
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    Win10CU

    Any update? CU seems to have broken this...
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  2.    16 Apr 2017 #2
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
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    Hello @watdahaps, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Nope. It doesn't appear to be working anymore in CU.
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  3.    24 Sep 2017 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10 x64 Home 1703

    Hem... Taking advantage of this thread, seems CU broke the intended behaviour of the "Personal Folder" item... now it opens the real location of the user profile folder, instead of opening the special shell folder, that includes all the user folders no matter if you move them or not...

    Any idea why or how to fix this behaviour?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


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