We’ve been whining about the missing Start Menu on Windows 8 since day one, and we’ve also been offered many alternatives by many 3rd parties. But if you are not interested in using any of those 3rd-party alternatives just to get a Start Menu, you can build one for your own without any tools and hacks, though you won’t nearly get a full feature-packed one the same as the traditional one with Search button, recent list, control panel, etc.etc. What you do get is a menu that lets you browse through applications installed on your Windows 8 computer.
And here is what it looks like.
If you are interested in having the similar one on your Windows 8 computer, follow along.
First, right click on the empty space of Task Bar, Select Toolbars, and go to New Toolbar…
On the New Toolbar dialog box, type “%appdata%” in the Folder textbox, and hit Enter, which will directly point you to the right folder under your user profile.
Double click folder Microsoft, Windows, and Start Menu, and press Select Folder button.
And done. If you want to remove it later on, you can right click the Taskbar, go to Toolbars, and uncheck the Start Menu option there.
As a related note, what it really does is to pin the Start Menu folder as the Toolbar on the Taskbar. The Start Menu folder can be found from the following location.
It’s not perfect, but better than nothing.
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Last updated: 08/04/2014