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- proper noun computing A
menuin Microsoft Windows that is launched by pressing an on-screen buttonand provides a central launchingpoint for applicationsand tasks.
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Yes, the Start Menu is the double column type and at least in the Beta version of Win7, cannot be changed to the 1995-era style.
In Puppy Linux, at the top of the Start Menu is a menu selection for Setup.
Previously, the Start Menu was a drop-down list of the user's favorite applications, while the Programs screen listed had all the software installed on the device.
That way, keyboard fiends can quickly pull up their Start Menu and head over to pop open their Dropbox, and mouse clickers get the same kind of convenience.
Over at the How-To Geek site my home away from Lifehacker, writer Matthew writes up the quick and easy trick to opening the Recycle Bin from the start menu, through the search box or even just using the mouse; all you need to do is create a new shortcut to the Recycle Bin, which will then be searchable and launchable from the Start Menu search box.
When you right-click on an icon for any program, anywhere on your system, you now have the option of pinning that program to the Taskbar for immediate, easy access or pin it under the Start Menu (which you access by clicking on the Windows Start button).
With XP, the Taskbar and Start Menu were introduced, in essence being control centers for using your computer.
To make your own shortcut, just open up the Start Menu folder (type Win+R, paste %AppData%MicrosoftWindowsStart Menu, and hit Enter), create a new shortcut (right-click - New - Shortcut), and paste explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder into the prompt.
The Start Menu now also has an easy-access panel of areas to quickly jump to - like Documents, Music, Games, Control Panel, Devices and Drivers -- all those things you had to maniacally search for before.
By the way, if any of this sounds confusing, or you get bewildered while beginning with Windows 7, a "Getting Started" icon sits here under the Start Menu.