Windows 7 Start Menu Tips


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Windows 7 brought many changes to the way your things are stored on the computer, including getting rid of the “My Videos” folder. That particular folder is hidden by default for some reason, so Dylan created a screencast to give you a hand in solving this particular issue.

When you open up your Start menu, you’ll find your Music and Documents folders – but nothing for videos. This may irk many of you, considering how many videos we tend to consume, save and even record these days. There is a quick – and easy – solution to adding the shortcut to the Start menu, though. The steps you’ll need to follow are painless, I promise!

  • With the Start menu closed, right-click the Start button.
  • Click on Properties and then choose the Start Menu tab from the new window.
  • Click the little Customize button on the right.
  • Scroll down to the Video section, and click the plus-sign next to it to expand if need be.

Within the Video area, you’ll find three options. The “Display as a menu” option will put a small sub-folder (named Videos) onto your Start menu. This gives you a nice little drop-down folder that can show you the videos you have recently watched without having to navigate to (and through!) the folder.

The “Display as a link” option is just that – a link to launch your Videos folder. Choosing this option again puts the word Videos onto the Start menu. Clicking that link will close the Start menu and open the Videos folder itself… much as is done if you choose Music or Documents from the Start menu.

Once you’ve selected your preferred option, click the “Ok” button at the bottom of the screen, and then choose “Apply” and then “Ok” at the bottom of the next screen. Automagically – without even a restart – your Videos preference now appears in your start menu.

Thanks, Dylan, for another excellent screencast!