How to Create a Windows 8 Start Menu Toolbar?


Windows 8, doesn’t have a start menu by default, however if you are not ready yet to let go of your start menu, there is a way to create a Windows 8 Start Menu toolbar. This tutorial explains how to create a Windows 8 Start Menu toolbar on the desktop.

To create a Windows 8 Start Menu Toolbar on the Desktop do the following :

Step1

First you need to open, Windows Explorer and under view tab, check the show hidden files box as shown in the below screenshot.

 

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Step2

Now that you have enabled show hidden items, navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu folder as shown in the below screenshot.

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Step 3

Search for Start Menu file and right click on it, and select create a shortcut as shown in the below screenshot

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Step 4

You will get a message saying “Windows cannot create a shortcut here, do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead”, click on Yes and the Start Menu short cut will be created on your desktop as seen in the below screenshot.

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Step 5

Rename Start Menu Shortcut to Start Menu, and then move it to the location that you chose such as C:\programData\Microsoft\Windows. As Shown in the below screenshots

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Step 6

Right Click on the taskbar and select Toolbars “New Toolbar”, and navigate to the location of the Start Menu shortcut you have created previously. Click on select folder and your Windows 8 Start Menu toolbar  will now show on your Taskbar. This is shown in the below screenshots.

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Note: When you install more programs, or remove programs, you will need to update your Windows 8 Start Menu Toolbar.
You can update it by creating a new Start Menu by

1. Following the same steps explained in this tutorial
2. Removing the old Windows 8 Start Menu Toolbar by un- checking it.
3. Selecting the newly updated Start Menu and adding it to the Taskbar using the same steps explained in this tutorial.

2 thoughts on “How to Create a Windows 8 Start Menu Toolbar?

  1. You know how we used to right click on START to get EXPLORE and view everything on the computer?

    How can I get that same result in Windows 8?

    • Go to desktop and you will see the windows explorer folder icon in the left side of your task bar, right beside the Internet Explorer icon. Simply click on that folder icon to open the explorer folder.
      good luck

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