Basic start menu organizer

Customize your Start menu--to some extent--with this simple program.

Tidy Start Menu is an intuitive way to organize the programs in your Start menu. Although the program is easy to use, we found that some of the features we most like to see in such programs are available only by upgrading to the Pro version.

The program's interface is clean and moderately attractive. The program comes with nine categories, such as Games, Programming, and Entertainment, and a series of check boxes allows users to specify what programs they would like to have appear in each category. Users can also drag and drop programs from one category to another. The categories then show up in the user's Start menu, allowing users to quickly find their programs. All of this works well and is easy to do, and the program's built-in Help file answers any questions a user may have. The aspect of the program that disappoints us is the fact that some of the most useful features are only available to users who upgrade to the Pro version of the software. Users of this version of Tidy Start Menu cannot create, delete, or edit categories. Although the categories that the program provides will likely be adequate for many users, this extra level of customization makes it easier for users to organize their programs in the way that is most meaningful to them.

Tidy Start Menu is free. It installs desktop icons without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users who are looking for a way to organize their Start menus and don't require a high level of customization.

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