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Organizing "all Programs"


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#1 reynald

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 12:24 AM

My All Programs list has gotten too large and I'd like to organize it into subfolders (Utilities, Games, etc.). The problem is that some of my Start Menu program shortcuts are under All Users and some are under Current User (me). I'm the only user of my PC so there's no need for them to be split between two locations. Can I put them all in the same folder before organizing them? If so, does it matter whether I put them all under All Users or Current User?

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 02:43 AM

It won't hurt anything at all. In fact, that's precisely what I do! I would recommend using the "All Users" folder instead of the current user folder. Though, to be honest, that's just my own personal preference.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:52 AM

One thing that does make it easier to organize under the current user's profile instead of All Users: ease of editing it in the future. When you open the menu for editing off the Start button, it will open the current user by default. So any time you want to reorganize the stuff in All Users, you will have to do some extra navigating. But it's just a minor annoyance. Another minor annoyance - if you move the Start Menu program shortcuts from their original locations, some program updates may reinstall the shortcuts in their original locations, and then you'll have two sets of shortcuts for the app. Very minor stuff though. I do it, and find it much easier to organize the Start Menu into folders of my own choosing. I also create subfolders right off the Start Menu to organize my most commonly used apps so I don't even use Start > Programs very often. (see attached screen print - taken in Vista, but concept works in XP too)

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 01:19 AM

Thanks for the tips, guys. I'm inclined to move all my shortcuts to All Users only because that's where 75% of them seem to have installed by default.
I noticed that both Programs folders (All Users & Current User) have a DESKTOP configuration setting file (as well as another one in the next folder up). Do I need to do anything with those if I move all my shortcuts to a single folder? Perhaps they're self-maintaining.

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 02:43 AM

Nope. Not a thing!




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