In a previous post, I described the process of creation of a better Start Menu. Today I want to expand on the topic by describing how to place this upgraded Start Menu folder into the actual Windows Start Menu.
Windows offers a set of special folders called libraries. There are four default libraries — Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos.
Although, none of these are useful for the purpose of creating a new Start Menu, you can re-purpose a library to fit your specific needs.
First of all, go to
Select a library you never use — in my case it was the
I renamed the Videos library to
In the right pane of Windows Explorer’s window, click on the
Select a location you would like to have included in the right side of your Start Menu.
If you want to add more locations, click on the library and then click on the
One by one add all the locations you want to have displayed in the Start Menu.
You can add up to 50 folders to one library.
When you are done, click
I selected the sub-folders of my Tools folder. Originally, I had the Tools folder on my Desktop but now I moved it to
Go to the
Click on the
In the next window, you will see all the options for the Start Menu.
Scroll down to the last item called
Your Start Menu will now contain a new folder. And as an added bonus, the Videos (now Tools) folder will be placed at the very top.
If it bothers you that the icon for the new folder is still a movie strip and you want to change it to something more fitting, read my next tutorial about changing the default icons for libraries.
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