Windows 10 App to improve you productivity with shortcuts. See the features below:
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ And if you like it ... please star it! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
The app lets you add any kind of shortcut to the Start Menu:
Once created, those shorcuts can be moved or added elsewhere. They can be pinned to the Start Menu, added to the Taskbar, added to your Desktop, or put anywhere you like.
Windows 10 Search is buggy and inconsistent. Sometimes you might type in the exact name of an app, but get redirected to Bing search results inside a web brower.
Start Menu Manager fixes this. All shorctuts are treated like apps so they get priority in Windows 10 Search and appear at the top of the search results.
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Requires Windows 10 with recent updates.
Disclaimer: The app needs to run with Administrator privileges, so it can access the directories to place the shortcuts. If you don't have Administrator privileges, then it won't work.
.msifile in the 'Assets' section.
It should be intuitive from the app, but just in case ...
8. In the Start Menu, right click on the shortcut to pin it, or add it to the Taskbar.
9. Naviagate to the Start Menu folder through the App Settings and copy the shortcut to wherever you want it.
Note: When generating the shorcuts, icons might not immediatley be displayed correctly in the Start Menu. This is a bug with Windows. One fix is to look in the 'Display' settings in the Windows 10 Settings App. Change the 'Scale and Layout' percentage, wait a few seconds, then change it back again.
Open the 'Apps & Features' page in the Windows 10 Settings app. Select 'Start Menu Manager' and select 'Uninstall'. Everything is removed, including the shorctuts you created with the tool.
If you want to get your hands dirty you can build from the source code. Just clone the repository and open the solution (
.sln) in Visual Studio 2019 or later.
StartMenuManager.GUI project contains the main WPF application.
StartMenuManager.Builder is a console app which creates the shorcuts a from JSON file.
StartMenuManager.Runner is a console app used to run the Shortcuts when they are clicked. There are a few other class libraries, a project which acts as an uninstallation step, and an Wix installer project.
VS may prompt you to open as an administrator, since running the app requires those privileges.
Once built, the various console apps (
.exe files with
.dlls) need to be put in the correct locations relative to each other. See the
Program Files of an installed version of the app to see the correct setup.
This code is released under MIT license. This means you can use this for whatever you want. Modify, distribute, sell, fork, and use this as much as you like. Both for personal and commercial use. I hold no responsibility if anything goes wrong.
If you use this, you don't need to refer to this repo, or give me any kind of credit but it would be appreciated. At least a ⭐️ would be nice.
It took a lot of work to make this available for free. If you are feeling more generous, perhaps you could consider donating?
Pull Requests are welcome. But, note that by creating a pull request you are giving me permission to merge your code and release it under the MIT license mentioned above. At no point will you be able to withdraw merged code from the repository, or change the license under which it has been made available.
This wouldn't have been possible without ...
Material Design In Xaml - The WPF styles used in this app.
AvalonEdit - The code editor WPF control used for the JSON editing in the app.
AvalonEditHighlightingThemes - Implementation of Themes in AvalonEdit. Used for light/dark JSON editing themes.
FontAwesome.WPF - Only used for the loading spinner on the Icon Extractor page.
Json.NET - JSON serializer.
JsonSubTypes - JSON SubType implementation for Json.NET.
Wix Toolset - Used to create the
... and obvious credit to Microsoft for C#, WPF, .NET, and the best OS in existence :)