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Fixing The Cursed Start Menu

So, Your Windows XP Start Menu All Programs Looks Like A Junkyard. Here’s How To Make It Look Clean Like When You First Installed XP.

Your start menu all programs may look like this when it is about time to clean it out:

So now let’s get to cleaning it out. Choose which way you wish to do this:

A) Make a second start menu. (Easier but more time consuming).

B) Organize your start menu and clean it out. (Takes more thought and organization skills).

For A:

Step 1. Create a new folder on your desktop. Call it “Start Menu” or your desired name.

Step 2. Right-click the empty space of your windows taskbar.

Step 3. Open “Toolbars”.

Step 4. At the bottom of the list, you’ll see “New Toolbar”. Click it.

Step 5. A dialog box will appear asking you where the folder is that you want to make a toolbar out of.

Step 6. Navigate to the folder you created on your desktop, click it, and click okay.

Step 7. Now by the notification area you should see all or part of the folder name you just made.

Step 8. If you don’t see all of the name, right-click the taskbar.

Step 9. Uncheck “Lock the taskbar” if not already.

Step 10. Next to the partially uncovered name, a line of dots should appear.

Step 11. Drag the line to the left until you see the entire name.

Step 12. Re-lock the taskbar.

Step 13. Open the folder you made on your desktop with Windows Explorer.

Step 14. Right-click the “Start” button and choose “Open All Users”.

Step 15. Move the less important shortcuts from your main Start Menu into the other start menu.

Step 16. Make folders and subfolders to put your shortcuts just how you like them in your new Start Menu!

For B:

Step 1. Right-click the “Start Button”.

Step 2. Click “Open All Users”.

Step 3. Any folders or shortcuts you move to this place will appear up by the Windows Update icons, etc.

Step 4. (Optional) Go into the “Programs” Folder.

Step 5. (Optional) Delete any extra folders you want or move them up with the Windows Update, etc.

Step 6. Organize your Start Menu however you want!

After rebuilding your Start Menu, it might look like this:

Congrats on your new Start Menu!