"Hidden" Windows System Start Menu Folders


idgat

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In File Explorer, go to ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs

Included in the list of folders is ...
Windows Accessories
Windows Ease of Access
Windows Powershell
Windows System
Windows Tools

With the exception of Windows Ease of Access, none of the other folders (and their contents) appear in the Start Menu ??
 

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That's because the Windows 11 start menu is only for dummies. They are there, but more hidden. See example below.
You'll have to install a third party start menu if you want easier access to all of the tools.

Windows Tools.png

Edit: I just counted that to get to the above, it takes 4 clicks and some scrolling to get there. :lmao:
Get a third party start menu for your own sanity. :)
 
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That's because the Windows 11 start menu is only for dummies. They are there, but more hidden. See example below.
You'll have to install a third party start menu if you want easier access to all of the tools.

View attachment 14420

Edit: I just counted that to get to the above, it takes 4 clicks and some scrolling to get there. :lmao:
Get a third party start menu for your own sanity. :)
You can click on Start then start typing windows tools. The first time I had to type the whole name. Now when I type the w I get this.

Windows Tools.jpg
 

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you can create your own folders there

Create this directories;
WindowsAccessories
WindowsPowershell
WindowsSystem

copy the contents of these folders to your new folders.
Windows Accessories
Windows Powershell
Windows System
 

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Included in the list of folders is ...
Windows Accessories
Windows Ease of Access
Windows Powershell
Windows System
Windows Tools

With the exception of Windows Ease of Access, none of the other folders (and their contents) appear in the Start Menu ??
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If you empty Ease of Access, it won't show up in all apps, and it changes to Accessibility in Programs; if you put Windows Tools in your Start menu (icons menu), it won't show up; the others are a matter of choice.
 

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idgat

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you can create your own folders there

Create this directories;
WindowsAccessories
WindowsPowershell
WindowsSystem

copy the contents of these folders to your new folders.
Windows Accessories
Windows Powershell
Windows System
Yeh, sorta solved it that way. Created a single folder called Windows Thingies and just copied my more commonly used system-related icons into it. One folder is enough. (Bit 4n4l in this regard, I edit my Start menu to remove all program folders, just have icons. I don't need Start menu full of folders stuffed with program web site shortcuts, uninstall shortcuts, useless text files about a program, etc, etc)
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel i5-9400
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT730
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 1TB SSDs
    Internet Speed
    Classic Australian w.a.p.
    Antivirus
    KIS
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