Windows 10: Doozy of a mess with start menu shortcuts (users vs allusers)

Discus and support Doozy of a mess with start menu shortcuts (users vs allusers) in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; So this problem has been going back YEARS. Since windows 10's inception allmost. Before I understood why start menu shortcuts were saved in two places... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by klepp0906, Feb 10, 2020.

  1. klepp0906 Win User

    Doozy of a mess with start menu shortcuts (users vs allusers)


    So this problem has been going back YEARS. Since windows 10's inception allmost. Before I understood why start menu shortcuts were saved in two places etc.

    I began using (at the time) classic-shell as I couldnt tolerate how awful win10's start menu was.

    It's served me well but when I discovered two locations, and was making an attempt at consolidating/organizing, things got moved between in either direction with little rhyme or reason other than avoiding clutter/extras etc.

    Well, now im left with shortcuts in AppData's start menu\programs that belong in ProgramData's start menu\programs and vice versa.

    What would be the easiest way to untangle that hot mess and verify things were in the proper start menu folder?

    :)
     
    klepp0906, Feb 10, 2020
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  2. How to pin shortcut to start menu.

    At first, you can create a shortcut in your Programs folder
    (in a hidden folder C:\Users\xxxx\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs). The shortcut appears in
    All apps list. Then you can pin it to Start menu / Taskbar as Mayank Gupta10 suggested.

    The common way is to create a shortcut on the Desktop.
    But the more elegant way is creating Custom toolbars.
     
    Sergiy Shklyar, Feb 10, 2020
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  3. MDD0799 Win User
    How to pin shortcut to start menu.

    Sergiy Shklyar - You are a genius. This is the solution for pinning a non-executable to the Start Menu. Many thanks.
     
    MDD0799, Feb 10, 2020
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  4. RodHarney Win User

    Doozy of a mess with start menu shortcuts (users vs allusers)

    How to pin shortcut to start menu.

    This sounds great... only problem is that the hidden folder in Windows 10 "C:\Users\xxxx\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" contains five folders and no files. If I add my shortcut to the "Programs" folder as suggested, it does NOT appear
    in the "All apps" list. If I put it in the "Windows System" folder, a subfolder of "Programs" which contains 7 other shortcuts that show up in "All apps", my shortcut still does not appear. I really don't care about "The common way" or "the more elegant way",
    I just want to know how to accomplish this, and so far, these solutions just don't work. It seems like there should be a folder, somewhere, where all the shortcuts for the "All apps" list are stored. I hope someone can help me with this frustrating issue.
     
    RodHarney, Feb 10, 2020
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