Enhancement of Microsoft® Windows® All Programs Menu.
What are the enhancements of the "All Programs" menu in Windows 7 over Windows Vista and Windows XP?
If you still prefers the "All Programs" in Start Menu with the Windows XP layout, where "All Programs" list expands out, instead of the Windows Vista way, where the "All Programs" appears in the Start Menu itself, with a scroll bar, you might want to try Windows 7 "All Programs" menu instead. One can always switch over to the Classic Start Menu through the Task bar and Start Menu properties, you wont get the Vista look. In Windows 7 you can disable showing of the Pictures Folder and Music Folder, by clicking on Properties;Start Menu;Customize; Do not display this items. Some of your programs may be alphabetical order and others may be in "All Programs" Menu. It is difficult to seek out a program that may be hidden in a maze of program folders and files. To solve this re-sort the menu.
The following tips discuss about the enhancements of Windows 7 menu over Windows Vista and Windows XP as follows:
- All Programs in Windows 7
- All Programs in Vista
- Restoring all programs menu
All Programs in Windows 7
The All Programs is a sub menu of the Start menu that contains links to all the programs installed on your computer. When you click on All Programs, it will be replaced by Back and a sub-menu will replace the menu. Many users find it refreshing and even easier to use, many others prefer to use the quicker and more powerful fly-out classic XP style.
All Programs in Vista
All Programs sub menu that you see in the Start Menu of your computer is actually a folder. When you right click on the All Programs button, and choose Open you will realize it. Now looking at part of the actual content of the All Programs sub-menu: it is a simple folder, and contains sub-folders and shortcuts to files and applications (programs).
The Microsoft acknowledged that in Windows Vista by offering the option of restoring that classic Start Menu, but for some reason this option is no longer available in Windows 7. There is another much safer and robust option instead of replacing the Windows 7 Start menu entirely with a Windows XP one. Keep the entire system as originally designed and shipped and add a Programs Menu that behaves like the Windows XP All Programs menu.
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