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All Programs List, How To Combine?


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#1 Karlie

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 06:42 AM

If I go to start, the "all programs" list comes up with what is getting to be a very long list.
Yesterday I installed an old version of Adobe Acrobat that had somehow disappeared. Now, I have an "Adobe"(empty)
Adobe Acrobat,
Adobe Reader
Adobe flash player.

Is there any way to get these combined under the "Adobe" category", much as you would do with IE, Organize favorites,
Move to folder etc.

Is it possible to create a folder of your own and add all your security programs to that folder?


I do not use very many of the programs on the computer but I do not want to delete any of them because this old Granny does not know what she is doing. I just want to combine some of these things so this list is not so long. About all I use the computer for is Internet access and an occasional letter. I am sure some of these media programs and the like could all go into one folder. Is this possible? Any help is appreciated

Windows XP SP2

Thanks in advance.


On Edit: 5PM I tried this morning to drag the Acrobat, and Reader into the empty Adobe folder in "Programs. Acrobat went in but Reader would not. Left well enough alone and turned off the computer.

Tonight Reader cannot be found. I have a shortcut on the desktop and when I click on it, I get the message:
This patch package could not be opened. Verify that the patch package exists etc....
Well, clever me thought I'd just go to Add/Remove programs and remove the program and re-install it. Won't work, I get the same message again. What has happened? Is it gone and if so, how do I get rid of the desktop Icon. Do I need the program at all? ?

Edited by Karlie, 10 April 2007 - 04:13 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2007 - 07:03 AM

Yes, just open Windows Explorer and navigate to your User Profile (typically C:\Documents and Settings\YOURPROFILENAMEHERE\Start Menu\Programs) and you can move the items around to your heart's content! :thumbsup:

EDIT: Oops! It's possible that the Adobe stuff will be located in the All Users profile rather than your own. So just substitute "All Users" for "YOURPROFILENAMEHERE" in the above path to get at that area. Don't mess with the other profiles, as the changes may not be as obvious. Any changes made to the All Users profile will affect every user of the system (Your Start Menu is actually 2 start menus - the one from All Users and the one from your profile combined).

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 08:05 AM

You can also drag the folders/programs from the Start menu All Programs into the Program folder you want to move your programs to.

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 09:58 AM

Also, you can right-click on the Start menu and click Open to get to your profile or [b]Open All Users[b] to get to the All Users folder.




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