The Quick Launch Bar is a neat and quick way to start up your favorite applications. The Quick Launch bar is located just to the right of the Start Menu and it contains “shortcuts” of your favorite applications. The problem with the Quick Launch bar is that you really can’t have a lot of shortcuts to your favorite applications because it would use up too much space in the Taskbar. The Taskbar is the entire bar at the bottom of the screen.
Of course, the middle of the Taskbar is the area that places a button for every application that you open. We call these “Task Bar buttons.” You want to use the majority of the Task Bar for these “Taskbar Buttons” which shows which applications you have open and are actively using. (If you have an application open and are not using it, you should probably close the application).
So this Tech Tip is about how to customize the Start Menu. You can make shortcuts of your very favorite applications right in the Start Menu. The left section is the section that contains all your favorite shortcuts. Well, it probably doesn’t right now, but it will if you read this Tech Tip and do it.
First – the anatomy of the Start Menu. It is divided into 2 sections – the left section and the right section.
The left section is the section that contains all your favorite shortcuts. Well, it probably doesn’t right now, but it will if you read this Tech Tip and do it .
The right section contains a lot of stuff – links to My Documents, My Computer, My Network Places, the Control Panel, Printers, Search and the Run menu.
We’re not going to worry about the right side of the Start Menu – just the left side – the side that contains shortcuts to your favorite applications.
Right now, the left side contains shortcuts to application you use frequently – maybe – maybe not. The left side also contains 2 sections. Look carefully on the left side and you can see a line that separates the upper section from the lower section. (Remember, we are talking about the left side of the Start menu.
So, as I said before, you can customize the left side of the Start Menu and place shortcuts of your favorite applications. You can place them their permanently. Note – if you don’t customize this part of the Start Menu, then Windows will do it for you. They will add shortcuts that they think are your favorites. You know – they never get things like this right!!!
OK – so follow these simple steps to customize the Start Menu with just the shortcuts that you want:
Once you get your real favorite shortcuts to favorite applications in the Start Menu, you will be able to use the Start menu in a more efficient way.
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