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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 Click the start button to get started (on your computer, not here!) button using the Windows 98 operating system (Windows 95 is nearly identical in look and feel):

Menu driven systems are easier for most people to operate

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:

Just an old fashioned love song... oops. This is about Windows!

Now, here's the fastest, most direct way to add a program to the start menu:

Step 1. Right click the Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines! button for the shortcut menu:

 Open things up a little. Let in some "fresh" air. Open a window...

Select and click Open to view the window below:

Boy Howdy

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  What's a proggy? It's another name for "program." icon to open it. You'll see the next screen capture below along with the screen you opened previously:

Look at those icons. Aren't they cute?

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 Menu/Programs window to the C:/Windows/Start Menu window. Once done, this is what your new start menu file area will look like:

Get a fresh start with your window repair kit. No glass needed.

Important 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.

Just an empty room. No furnishings. Nothing special.

Above: No programs added to menu

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. WoW!

Above: Addition of Microsof Word

Adding programs...

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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