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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.
  • Calculator
  • Character Map
  • Notepad
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).


Creative Zen? Hmm...must investigate.

Lately I've been hunting round for a non-Word word processing programme, so I've got all sorts of things ilke Copywriter and Jarte on the start menue at the moment.

Posted by looby at August 19, 2005 09:00 AM

That might have been a little ambiguous if you don't recognise the name, and in a discussion of software: a Zen is an mp3 player made by Creative, the soundcard company. It's an item of hardware about the size of a cigarette package, not software analogous to WinAmp. Essentially, it's an iP*d, but emphatically not made by Apple, with better battery life, less restrictive software, and greater capacity (price for price).

Word processing: how about Open Office?

Posted by NRT at August 19, 2005 11:09 AM

Actually the start menu is under utilized by most XP users because the only notice that the most recent files are listed there. Yet any item on the entire start menu can be 'right-clicked' or as I call it menu-clicked and choose 'pin to start menu' to place it there permenantly until removed.

I also use the quicklaunch bar more often because it is like my top 10 list and doesn't take so long to load. With 100's of programs all jammed in there its a pig!

pinned to my start menu ?
Add/Remove Programs (from control panel)
Adobe Acrobat 7
Nero SmartStart 6.6
Spybot S&D 1.4
Google Desktop
Gmail Notifier

On the QL Bar

show desktop (fastest route to desktop)
IE (for when I have to use it)
Mozilla T-bird
Firefox - Yeah!
Outlook- the memory hog is almost out of there
Mozilla Sunbird
Gyration tools (coolest mouse ever)
DeerPark Alpha
Yahoo Messenger
Photoshop CS
Media Monkey
Media Player Classic
Real Alturnative
Alcohol 120%
Windows Media 10
HP Director
Speedfan rounding out the top of the pop out menu
which means that it is really next inline if the toolbar is expanded.

Posted by Ramsay at September 14, 2005 12:51 AM
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