The Start menu in Windows 7 and Windows 10 displays recently accessed and pinned programs on the left-side so that users can quickly launch them without having to navigate to All Programs or searching for them. The feature is pretty useful to quickly launch recently used programs.
Many of you might want to see All Programs instead of recently opened programs as soon as you open the Start menu. Sure, we can easily prevent the Start menu from showing recently accessed by default but Windows doesn’t allow us to automatically jump to All Programs section when the Start menu is opened.
Automatically expand to All Programs
All Programs Auto-Expander is a tiny utility designed to automatically expand All Programs section of Start menu as soon as the Start menu is opened. That is, when you open the Start menu by clicking on the Start button or pressing the Windows logo key, Start menu shows All programs instead of recently opened and pinned programs. In other words, you don’t need to manually click the All Programs option to see all installed programs.
Clicking Back option will display recently accessed and pinned programs.
All Programs Auto-Expander was developed for Windows 7 but is compatible with the latest Windows 10 as well.
Download and run the executable to automatically jump to All programs section of Start menu without having to click the All programs option. The only downside is that the program doesn’t include an option to load with Windows but this can be done by placing a shortcut of All Programs Auto-Expander in the Startup folder.
To place a shortcut of All Programs Auto-Expander in the Startup folder, please complete the given below instructions:
Step 1: First, right-click on All Programs Auto-Expander.exe file, click Send to, and then click Desktop (Create shortcut) to create a shortcut of the same on desktop.
Step 2: Open Run command box by simultaneously pressing Windows+R keys.
Step 3: In the box, type Shell:startup and press Enter key to open the Startup folder.
Step 4: Finally, copy the previously created shortcut to this folder. That’s it! From now on, Start menu will show All Programs instead of recently used programs.
As said before, this program is fully compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 10. If you have added the Start menu to Windows 8/8.1 with the help of a third-party tool such as the Classic Shell, you can give this tool a try!
Visit the following page to download All Programs Auto-Expander. Note that Windows might discourage you from running this program. You can simply ignore the warning and run the program. If you’re still worried, test the URL or file using Virus Total or any other on-line scanners. It’s clean!