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"How To Add Programs To
Your Start Menu"
On a new computer, the start menu usually doesn't have any
shortcuts directly to programs. A picture will help illustrate. Here's the typical menu
found by clicking a brand new computer's
button using the Windows 98 operating system (Windows 95 is
nearly identical in look and feel):
Let's say you wanted to add a shortcut to the start menu,
so you could start your word processor without looking under the Programs menu. Here's
what the start menu looks like with the addition of Microsoft Word:
Now, here's the fastest, most direct way to add a program to
the start menu:
Right click the
button for the
Select and click Open to view the window
Note: The address bar reflects your
location among the many folders on your hard drive. The title bar shows the same
information, because we've turned on the full path in the title bar.
Windows comes with this option turned off, since the
geniuses who created this product didn't think you'd need
to be troubled by all the details. Turning it on is a
simple matter, explained in the Windows for Newbies e-Book.
Step 2. Double click the icon to open it.
You'll see the next screen capture below along with the screen you opened previously:
Note: Again, notice the changes in the
address bar and the title bar. We're drilling down deeper into the folders.
Step 3. Using Internet Explorer for this
example, drag and drop its icon from the C:/Windows/Start
window to the C:/Windows/Start Menu window. Once done, this is what your
new start menu file area will look like:
Note: The programs shown in this view
are going to appear on your Start Menu. Keep scrolling, as I illustrate this fact for you.
Here's a progressive view of this process, showing each
menu with the addition of a new program.
Above: No programs added to menu
Above: Addition of
Above: Addition of Word and Explorer
It's a simple three step process to add any program to the
start menu. And so much faster than the process outlined in the manuals or help files.
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