I identified all executable files on my hard drive, created shortcuts for them, and collected those shortcuts into a single desktop folder. As soon as I did this, I stopped using the Windows Start Menu. My folder solution is much better for me.
Here is how you can do the same.
Start Menu Items
First of all, collect (copy-paste) all items listed in the Start Menu.
This is tricky because some of the items are located in your personal user’s start menu folder:
UserName in the above path to your actual username.
Some items are located in the
And some more items are located in the
To access the
Once all hidden files and folders are visible to you, go to
I use quite a few portable software apps. To have them under better control, I created a folder at
C:\Portable and I only extract portable tools there.
So, I created shortcuts for all the executable files of all the portable programs located in this folder.
In case you have your portable software scattered in various locations on your drives, it will take considerably longer to collect these shortcuts.
Command Line Utilities
I also created shortcuts for all command line utilities, such as FFmpeg.
Control Panel Items
Next, I created a shortcut called
This is a nifty way to access all tasks available in the Control Panel but listed in one scrollable window. There are 263 tasks available there in total.
When I was done, I had 233 executable file shortcuts and 263 Control Panel task shortcuts at my disposal.
I created a folder called
It is much easier to find the tool I’m looking for this way than via the official Start Menu.
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