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All Programs menu is missing program names

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Catt, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. Catt

    Catt Flightless Bird

    Hi, all of the programs in my Windows xp do not appear when I click on "all
    programs"
    It seems that the window cannot fit them all. How do I correct this?
    Thanks,
    Alcatt
     
  2. Rey Santos

    Rey Santos Flightless Bird

    If the menu shows only one row of programs, you have an arrow below, click
    on that arrow to see the other programs. Or rightclick on the Start button >
    Properties > Start Menu tab > Customize > Advance tab, clear the checkbox
    "Scroll Programs".

    If you have multiple rows already you may have to organize your start menu
    by putting stuffs into folders.

    Heres how to do it:
    Double click my computer and go to C:/Documents and Settings\username\Start
    Menu\Programs where username is the name of your user. You'll see a lot of
    folders containing shortcuts and other folders. This is where your start menu
    gets its format. Arrange that how you want it, and it should mirror it on the
    start menu.

    For example, if you want your games to be in one location: create a folder
    called Games. Drag each folder that pertains to a game into that folder

    You may also want to do the same for C:/Documents and Settings\All
    Users\Start Menu\Programs. It has the shortcuts that all users have, whereas
    the first location has the shortcuts to a particular user.


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    Rey


    "Catt" wrote:

    > Hi, all of the programs in my Windows xp do not appear when I click on "all
    > programs"
    > It seems that the window cannot fit them all. How do I correct this?
    > Thanks,
    > Alcatt
     
  3. Barry Schwarz

    Barry Schwarz Flightless Bird

    Your question did not indicate whether this is a change in behavior or
    you are just missing something you expect. So just in case you are
    unfamiliar with this aspect of Windows ...

    In addition to what Rey gave you, you need to be aware that the "all
    programs" display is only slightly related to the programs you have
    installed. Most programs are installed in C:/Program Files. As part
    of the installation process, they can create a shortcut in a different
    directory which controls the "all programs" display. Some give the
    option during installation; some do it automatically; and some may not
    do it at all. If the point of your question is that an installed
    program is not appearing, you can manually add it by first creating a
    shortcut to the program and then moving it to the directory Rey
    identified.

    On Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:39:01 -0700, Catt
    <Catt@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >Hi, all of the programs in my Windows xp do not appear when I click on "all
    >programs"
    >It seems that the window cannot fit them all. How do I correct this?
    >Thanks,
    >Alcatt


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  4. Catt

    Catt Flightless Bird

    Thank you for your replies, Misters Schwarz and Santos,
    I understand the folder instructions but here is the issue that prompted me
    to write in the first place.
    I recently installed a new 'Brother" brand printer. In the past whenever I
    installed a new program it always put the program at the very end of the "All
    programs" menu. Instead, this time, it is nowhere at all. When I installed
    the program I purposely did not install the shortcut on the desktop as my
    desktop is already cluttered by the myriad programs I need to access. But
    when I went to the All program list it is not there. I already have a folder
    named Brother but XP did not put it in there either. The "All Program" menu
    fills my whole screen and there is no room on the end of it, so I assumed
    that there must be a way of shrinking the font or forcing XP to make 4
    columns instead of the three that appear.
    Can you verify that I cannot manipulate it in any other way than to use
    the process that Mr. Santos recommended?
    Thanks in advance, Al Catt

    "Barry Schwarz" wrote:

    > Your question did not indicate whether this is a change in behavior or
    > you are just missing something you expect. So just in case you are
    > unfamiliar with this aspect of Windows ...
    >
    > In addition to what Rey gave you, you need to be aware that the "all
    > programs" display is only slightly related to the programs you have
    > installed. Most programs are installed in C:/Program Files. As part
    > of the installation process, they can create a shortcut in a different
    > directory which controls the "all programs" display. Some give the
    > option during installation; some do it automatically; and some may not
    > do it at all. If the point of your question is that an installed
    > program is not appearing, you can manually add it by first creating a
    > shortcut to the program and then moving it to the directory Rey
    > identified.
    >
    > On Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:39:01 -0700, Catt
    > <Catt@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    > >Hi, all of the programs in my Windows xp do not appear when I click on "all
    > >programs"
    > >It seems that the window cannot fit them all. How do I correct this?
    > >Thanks,
    > >Alcatt

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  5. Barry Schwarz

    Barry Schwarz Flightless Bird

    I have no idea if the start menu pop-up can be expanded to 4 columns.
    Nor do I remember the other responses you got a month ago. If yours
    is truly over-full, it is possible the entry you want is there but
    there is no room to display it.

    It sounds like you need to organize your Programs start menu. It is
    located in two different directories:
    C:/Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs
    C:/Documents and Settings\<your_user_id>\Start Menu\Programs

    You may need to log in as an administrator to manipulate the first. If
    you have a lot of individual programs listed, try to group them into
    folders. Use any grouping that makes sense to you. (If nothing else,
    group them alphabetically.) The object of the exercise is to get the
    Programs start menu down to about a column and a half.

    While there, note whether the link to the Brother program was created
    or not. If it was, you can move it into the Brother folder. If not,
    navigate to the executable, create a shortcut (should default to the
    desktop), and then move it into the Brother folder.

    BTW, the menu does support nested folders, if you want.

    On Fri, 21 May 2010 06:11:01 -0700, Catt
    <Catt@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >Thank you for your replies, Misters Schwarz and Santos,
    >I understand the folder instructions but here is the issue that prompted me
    >to write in the first place.
    >I recently installed a new 'Brother" brand printer. In the past whenever I
    >installed a new program it always put the program at the very end of the "All
    >programs" menu. Instead, this time, it is nowhere at all. When I installed
    >the program I purposely did not install the shortcut on the desktop as my
    >desktop is already cluttered by the myriad programs I need to access. But
    >when I went to the All program list it is not there. I already have a folder
    >named Brother but XP did not put it in there either. The "All Program" menu
    >fills my whole screen and there is no room on the end of it, so I assumed
    >that there must be a way of shrinking the font or forcing XP to make 4
    >columns instead of the three that appear.
    > Can you verify that I cannot manipulate it in any other way than to use
    >the process that Mr. Santos recommended?


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