A free menu tool by Sergey Tkachenko offers Windows 8 users the capability to create shortcuts to system settings and programs, which users can turn into a customized start menu based on their requirements. This is a great tool for admin and power users that may need access to system tools on regular basis. They can modify the tool by adding new shortcuts and removing unnecessary ones! The author describes his tool as a menu editor that allows users to add new items, remove any item, change display name of any item and reorder Win+X menu items.
Desktop Computer users chat about the inconvenience of not having a single point of entry to various programs and system settings and many agree that Microsoft should have added a Start Menu in at least one version of Windows 8, like the Windows 8 Enterprise edition for instance. This would have been a nice move for decision makers and IT administrators alike considering deploying the latest operating system within their organizations! The Start Menu functionality speeds up users’ tasks especially when opening system related programs and settings.
There are a variety of tips and system tweaks that can be applied to Windows 7 to offer better convenience and other useful features for the user. Tweaks range from easier access to files, the ability to incorporate an Internet search from the start menu and other option-settings for a quicker user-session.
Windows 7 advanced users such as; administrators would normally invoke system tools like Computer Management, System Configuration, Performance Monitor, and others quite often, and would like a quick and easy way to access these tools from one place. By default, Windows 7 does not display Administrative Tools on the Start Menu.
The search for programs and files feature on the Start Menu of Windows 7 gives you a direct way to search for programs, files and emails on your computer. Once you get accustomed to this method, I am pretty sure that this text field will become your default search tool. However, unlike Windows Vista you cannot include an Internet search by default, but you can enable this functionality through Group Policy.
To enhance the functionality of Windows 7 file search, you can add a number of links displayed at the bottom of the Start Menu Search results. By default, the re-scope link See More Results is displayed and clicking this link opens Windows Explorer and reruns the query against all indexed locations. You can pin three additional re-scope links to the Start menu using a Local Group Policy.
By default, the Recent Items option in the Start Menu is disabled in Windows 7. This feature is quite useful and at times helps ends users be more productive. It can be enabled as follows: