Subscriber Steve Weiss wrote me to ask about Windows 7. The first question needs some images to make the process more clear (the other two are addressed in my article Windows 7 — How To Share a C: Drive):
I just installed win7 and it is so superior to vista. But i have a few questions:
1. How do i reorganize the start menu to create folders of categories of pgms (ie, multimedia would contain windows media player, vlc, etc)?
2. How can i create toolbar buttons for copy, cut and paste?
3. How can i access the C Drive on other machines on my home network (i can only access the public folder)?
Any help you can provide would be appreciated.
Create the folder you want to add to the All Programs list within the Start menu. You can rename it later, if you like. We can create this folder on the Windows Desktop.
- Right-click on a blank spot on the Windows 7 desktop.
- On the Context Menu that pops up, click (or hover over) New, then on the fly-out submenu, click Folder.
- Give it a name, preferably the name you want to use later. However, you will be able to rename it later, by right-clicking on the menu entry and selecting Rename.
I created the folder called Test on the Windows Desktop.
Now, we need to insert the new folder into All Programs, which is in the menu shown by the Start button.
Right-click-and-hold on the new folder you just created. [That’s the Right mouse button, not the Left button!]
Continue holding down the right mouse button while you drag the folder icon over the Start button.
The Start menu will open when you hover over it.
Continue holding down the right mouse button, and drag the folder over All Programs.
When you hover over All Programs, the Start Menu will be replaced by the All Programs menu, showing its files and folders.
Drag the folder to the spot you want it in the list. You must hold the folder so that the menu shows a bold line at the insertion point.
The menu will actually alphabetize the items, so you don’t need to be too careful where you drop it within the list.)
Release the mouse’s right button. This will now open a short menu with the options of Copy here, Move here, Create Shortcuts here, and Cancel.
Click on Move (not "Copy" and definitely not "Create shortcuts here").
Now, our new folder has been added to the list of folders in All Programs.
By default, All Programs will show individual programs first, followed by folders. Both will be in alphabetical order.