18 August, 2005
What’s on your Start Menu?
A quick Windows-only meme, via Neil (again):
In WinXP, Windows lists your most frequently/recently used programs on the left-hand side (assuming you’re using the new-style start menu).
I don't use that style, but I've just switched for a quick look (and switched straight back), and can report that mine shows:
- Paint Shop Pro 7 - my preferred image browser. Having selected images in PSP, I process them in Photoshop. I don't like Photoshop's own browser.
- Adobe Reader 6 - I don't remember it, but I must have looked at a .pdf file today.
- Character Map
And that's it. Actually, this is a very flawed exercise. My most frequently used packages aren't listed, as they're on my Quicklaunch Bar:
- Allaire Homesite 4.5.1 - yes, the pre-Macromedia version; my web editor.
- Photoshop 7 - as mentioned.
- Firefox 1.0.4 - haven't got round to upgrading at work.
- MS Outlook 2003 - it's compulsory on University computers, okay?
- WinAmp 5.02 - used less, now that I have my Creative Zen mp3 player.
- Windows Explorer - I still think of it as File Manager, and use it as such - no 'My Computer' or 'My Documents' rubbish; straight to the directory structure.
It might be worth mentioning that of the 'recently used' packages listed, only the Character Map was accessed via the Start Menu, as the others have shortcut keys mapped. I generally only see the Start Menu once per day, when turning the computer off.
I don't use desktop icons, either. When the active windows are minimised, my desktop is plain black (no wallpaper).