Replace “Programs” with “Program Launcher” in your Start Menu


This one is more of a ‘fix’ until we can get multiple columns displayed for pinned items, and/or linking to multiple folders**


Step 1 – Create the Folder:
  • Right-Click Start Orb & select “Settings”
  • Click “All Settings” and go to the “Customize Start Menu” tab
  • In the Right Column, scroll down & double-click “Custom Command”
  • Drag it to the top of the left column, above “ProgramsMenu”

Step 2 – Delete or Move the Existing Folder:

  • Drag “Programs Menu” down the list so it appears as a small menu in the left Column, or just remove it completely by right-clicking & selecting “Delete Item”

Step 3 – Add Folder Parameters:

  • Right-Click you CustomItem & select “Rename”, and name it “ProgramLauncher” without spaces
  • Right-Click it again and select “Edit Item”
  • in the “Link” field, type: %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu or browse to C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
  • in the “Icon” field, click the “…” and browse to # 326 in shell32.dll
  • Click “Multiple Columns” and “Track Recent Items” among the check-boxes in the lower section
  • Click OK to close to the window, & OK again to exit settings
  • Click your start menu to be sure “Program Launcher” is now where “Programs” used to be

Step 4 – Add Items to Folder:

  • To Fill your new Program Launcher with the items you want:
    • Open your favorite search tool, such as FileLocatorLite, aka AgentRansack
    • Search your Program Files & Program Files (x86) folders on your system drive &/or any other install drives you have
      • such as: C:\Program Files\;C:\Program Files (x86)\;D:\Program Files\;D:\Program Files (x86)\
    • Search for: *.exe
    • Ctrl+Click all the programs you want to add
    • Right-click and select “Pin to Classic Start Menu” (or paste them into %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu , aka: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu)
  • Be sure to pin all future programs after you install them

** you will need to have enabled “Pin to Classic Start Menu”, as described in the thread here: Pin to Classic Start Menu

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