Organizing the Start menu can make it easier to find your favorite programs and folders.
Some of the following steps do not apply if you're using the Classic Start menu.
If you use a program regularly, you can create a shortcut to it by pinning the program icon to the Start menu. Pinned program icons appear on the left side of the Start menu, above the horizontal line.
Right-click the program icon you want to pin to the Start menu, and then click Pin to Start Menu.
To unpin a program icon, right-click it, and then click Unpin from Start Menu.
To change the order of a pinned item, drag the program icon to a new position in the list.
Removing a program icon from the Start menu doesn't remove it from the All Programs list or uninstall the program.
Right-click the program icon you want to remove from the Start menu, and then click Remove from this list.
Right-click an empty space on the taskbar. If Lock the Taskbar has a check mark beside it, click it to remove the check mark.
Click an empty space on the taskbar, and then hold down the mouse button as you drag the taskbar to one of the four edges of the desktop. When the taskbar is where you want it, release the mouse button.
To lock the taskbar into place, right-click an empty space on the taskbar, and then click Lock the Taskbar so that the check mark reappears.
Clearing the Recent Items list does not delete the items from your computer.
Right-click Recent Items, and then click Clear Recent Items List.
Windows displays shortcuts on the Start menu for the programs you use most frequently. You can change the number of program shortcuts displayed.
Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.
Click the Start Menu tab, and then click Customize.
In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, in the Number of recent programs to display box, enter the number of programs you want to display on the Start menu, and then click OK.
You can add or remove items, such as Computer, Control Panel,
and Pictures, that appear on the right side of the Start menu. You can also change some items so that they appear as links or menus.
In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, select the options in the list that you want, and then click OK.
You can restore the Start menu to its original, default settings.
In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, click Use Default Settings, and then click OK.
In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll through the list of options to find the Run command check box, select it, and then click OK.