Windows 10: Start menu folders within folders

Discus and support Start menu folders within folders in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Sorry this is kind of hard to explain. On Windows 7 start menu you could have a folder such as EA Games and then sub folders within. For example a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Scottyboy99, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. Start menu folders within folders

    Sorry this is kind of hard to explain. On Windows 7 start menu you could have a folder such as EA Games and then sub folders within. For example a folder for tiger woods golf, a folder for say Fifa and so on. It seems on Windows 10 you can only have one folder level. I have tried creating sub folders but all the shortcuts within the sub folders all appear under the one top/master folder when actually viewing the start menu. Am I correct in this observation/restriction?

    Scottyboy99, Jan 1, 2016

  2. Adding Icons to Folders In Start Menu (Windows 10)

    I might add that I have tried a few workarounds for this, and it appears it only happens with sub-folders that are in Explorer; an original/main folder in Explorer that has an icon will show up when pinned to the Start Menu.

    Similarly, If I pin the same original/main folder that has an icon from the Desktop, it also shows up in the Start Menu; additionally, any sub-folders that are included within that folder that have an icon will also show up in the Start Menu.

    Just to clarify, it's those sub-folders in Explorer that are causing the problem.
    Ashley2379, Jan 1, 2016
  3. tonyzam42 Win User
    App to Uninstall Does Not Appear in List of Apps to be Deleted (Windows 10)

    Thank you for your response and the issue has been resolved. The install of the app left a folder with its name within my Documents folder. That folder contained an uninstall program that deleted its own folder and removed the app from the Start menu.
    tonyzam42, Jan 1, 2016
  4. Edwin New Member

    Start menu folders within folders

    I read somewhere that MS was toying with the idea of Menu flyouts or jumplists for the Start Menu but that may be a rumor or wishful thinking on someones part.
    Edwin, Jan 1, 2016
  5. dalchina New Member
    It is remarkable that MS, with its emphasis on preserving legacy features for many years, has totally ignored the start menu structure many will import in upgrading to Win 10. One effect is that I see



    - all shortcuts from what were (and are) separate subfolders in my start menu hierarchy. Absurd.
    You will be far better off using a start menu replacement such as Classic Shell - you can still launch and use the Win 10 menu with a hotkey combination- and even the universal apps from a specific folder implemented by Classic Shell. So you would have (in a way) 3 start menus: Win + X, Win 10's, and Classic Shell- which can be configured to expand in columns across the screen if you wish.
    dalchina, Jan 1, 2016
  6. Ztruker Win User
    I can create new folders and subfolders and they show up under All Programs okay.

    For instance, I have Malwarebytes Anti-exploit and Malwarebytes Anti-malware installed.
    I just now created a Malwarebytes folder under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    I then moved Anti-exploit and Anti-malware uder the new Malwarebytes bolder and they show up correctly in All Programs.

    Start menu folders within folders [​IMG]
    Ztruker, Jan 2, 2016
  7. AndreyT Win User
    The OP's question is about the native Windows 10 start menu. You are using a third-party replacement (Start10). No wonder your menu behaves differently.
    AndreyT, Jan 2, 2016
  8. Start menu folders within folders

    Thanks guys, yes my question was solely related to the native menu. I just wanted to check my PC was displaying correct behaviour. I would prefer the old style sub menus but it's not a major issue
    Scottyboy99, Jan 2, 2016
  9. Edwin New Member
    You could also create custom folders with custom shortcuts that point to certain folders:

    Start menu folders within folders [​IMG]
    Edwin, Jan 2, 2016
  10. Rose W Win User
    Or a Programs toolbar can be linked (taskbar, right side, add new toolbar) Link to C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. These shortcuts are for 'all user' software installs. Software installed for user only will not be in this Start Menu.
    In Win7 I had grouped all software by topic. All tools/software for edits on photos were in a Photo folder etc. Win10 routine required a total readjustment so I retrieved the folders/subfolders as a toolbar
    Unfortunately new installs will tag on to the end so revisiting the source folder is needed to shift the shortcut to the desired topic folder.

    Start menu folders within folders [​IMG]
    Rose W, Jan 2, 2016
  11. Rose W Win User
    Check this post

    Vital info is the StartMenu folders which are NOT to be removed or adjusted
    Plus the feature of TWINNING folders (User AppData Start Menu and Program Data StartMenu)
    Rose W, Jan 2, 2016
  12. dalchina New Member
    Ref. Twinning: Curiously one can't even iconise folders in the start menu using Classic Shell without the folders being present in both.

    It makes me wonder how well Win 10's menu copes with desktop programs installed for all users and a particular user... if you switch or log in as a different user...
    dalchina, Jan 2, 2016
  13. Ztruker Win User

    Start menu folders within folders

    Right, sorry. No wonder it seemed so easy. Start10 rules *Smile
    Ztruker, Jan 3, 2016
  14. Rose W Win User
    I thought about this and the software installed for 'all users' would be available but likely specific software for that particular user would be the only available choices. This might be handy for young children.
    Rose W, Apr 4, 2018

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