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Tool of the Month:
"A nifty program and a quick tweak can help organize the clutter..."
Steve Bass

"What a relief! Now that is how I wanted my Start Menu to look!..."
Joe Tex


Superior replacement for the MS Quick Launch bar.






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How the Program Works

In this section you will find out what exactly the program Tidy Start Menu does with your Start menu.

To begin with, let us see what the Start menu actually is. Actually, it is a set of folders and shortcuts stored in a certain location in the operating system.

Description: Computer shortcuts are small files containing only the location of another file. In fact, a shortcut contains little information so it is small. Shortcuts are usually stored on the desktop and have a small white square in the corner with an arrow on it.

In multiuser operating systems, such as Windows XP, shortcuts and folders from the Start menu are stored in the following folders -
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu
For all users
C:\Documents and Settings\John\Start Menu
For the user John

To access these shortcuts and folders, just right-click the Start button and select "Explore"

As you see, you can manually group items into categories in Explorer. All the program does is just copying or moving files to the necessary folders. But it is a simplified point of view.

If you group items manually, you will have to do it in two folders: the folder common for all users and the folder used by the current user. Thus, you will have to do the job twice.

Besides, the program uses a special interface that fits the process of grouping items into categories better than Explorer and has some additional features (import, export, etc.).

That is why the program will allow even an advanced user to considerably reduce the time needed to group item into categories and then use this grouping again.


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