How to Manually Organize Start Menu Programs In Windows 7

Earlier this week, we blogged about a tool named Start Menu Organizer to keep your Windows 7 Start menu organized with a few clicks. But if you don’t like to use a third-party tool to organize your Start menu, you can manually organize it as well.

 Windows 7

All start menu program shortcuts are stored in a folder named Start Menu in your OS drive. One can add, move or remove these shortcuts by navigating to Start menu’s sub folders.

1. Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu.

 Manually Organizer Start Menu In Windows 7

2. Double-click on Start Menu folder to see other subfolders such as Accessories, Administrator rights, and Maintenance. Programs that you can see under All programs in Start menu are stored in Start Menu folder. You can add, rename, or delete a program from this folder. Accessories and Administrator categories’ folders can also be found here.

Manually organize start menu in windows 7

So with this trick, you need not to use any third-party utilities like Start Menu Organizer to keep your Windows 7 Start menu tidy and organized.



  1. Kate says

    There is no Program Data folder as far I can tell on my computer. I tried typing Program, Program Data, Start Menu, in the search box — no results. I manually searched for the Windows folder and found it,but no start menu folder. I’m running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit version with Service Pack 1.

  2. Saeed Kheiree says

    In step 2 you must after see C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu path click on Programs folder. you write in paper that must click on Start Menu folder for see sunfolders such as accessories.

    thank you for good tip my friend

  3. Rahul Sahu says

    I was not knowing the path directory.
    It is:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    It worked.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Chris says

    Thank you, it worked perfectly!
    Note: When it asks for administrator permission, just click continue and it will move the file/folder where you want.
    I set up new folders and moved stuff around with no problem.
    I knew there had to be any easy way, but I jumped right into Windows 7 (love it!), and I’m still feeling my way around.

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