Handy Start Menu

Handy Start Menu

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.7
out of 6 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.81
  • Total Downloads:
    32,261
  • Date Added:
    March 19, 2013
  • File Size:
    7.86MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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Start Menu enhancements are numerous, but most complaints about the Windows Start Menu boil down to this: there's too much stuff in it, and you have to click through folders to get to your programs. ChemTable Software's Handy Start Menu addresses these two issues by grouping Start Menu items together by category and by replacing folders with shortcuts that open the application in question with a single click. You can quickly toggle back to the regular Start Menu, too. Better still, it's free.

Clicking Handy Start Menu's desktop icon opens a dialog with an About section and three commands: enable or disable the program, adjust its categories, and offer feedback. We could also use the program's Start Menu entry or its system tray icon to access its control dialog. Clicking the Enable button altered the Start Menu's All Programs view by grouping our programs into the provided categories. Four apps didn't fit, so we clicked Adjust Categories and selected our choices from an extensive list. We also created a custom category, Desktop, for some utilities we keep parked there. Among the categories are Office, Internet, Utilities, Fun and Games, Graphics and Design, and For Developers. Clicking the Back button returned us to our start-up menu view; clicking All Programs took us back to Handy Start Menu's list again. Program icons replaced folders in Handy Start Menu's tree view but preserved its structure. Clicking any program icon opened the app immediately, yet we could still browse through the folders.

The Start Menu is sort of like your hall closet: there's too much stuff in it, but when you go to clean it out, the keep pile is usually a lot bigger than the toss pile. Handy Start Menu solves this problem by grouping your important stuff together. Add the ability to open programs with a click, and you have a Windows enhancement that's actually an improvement.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Good idea but needs work"

June 13, 2011  |  By adoumama

 |  Version: Handy Start Menu 1.10

Pros

Works ok but over estimated

Cons

Needs more development

Summary

I hope it works out

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4 stars

"does what it says"

December 15, 2010  |  By JoelJones

 |  Version: Handy Start Menu 1.06

Pros

very organized

Cons

difficult to personalize

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2 stars

"Display bug kept me from being able to use it."

December 14, 2010  |  By joltcoder

 |  Version: Handy Start Menu 1.06

Pros

Concept is good

Cons

adoption blocking display bug prevent any real use.

Summary

I'll keep an eye on it and if the display bug is fixed I'll give it another try and report then.

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3 stars

"I am not sure it does anything of great value"

November 09, 2010  |  By J.Burnett

 |  Version: Handy Start Menu 1.05

Pros

It appears to work but I have not found it of specific importance to me

Cons

Takes up space

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4 stars

"Very helpful for Keeping start menu down"

November 09, 2010  |  By fatherflap

 |  Version: Handy Start Menu 1.05

Pros

Makes life easier when looking for a program

Cons

Care needs to be taken when grouping the various programs together , such as all security programs in one group . All utility programs in another group and so on

Summary

Nothing really to dislike about it

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1 stars

"the menu is not readable"

October 13, 2010  |  By raynjanet

 |  Version: Handy Start Menu 1.03

Pros

would be good if I could make out the menu

Cons

the menu is so faint it is virtually invisible

Summary

If it was readable it would be very good because it means I would not have to search through files to find the one I need but because I can't read the menu I spent more time trying to interpret it

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher ChemTable Software
Publisher web site http://www.chemtable.com
Release Date March 19, 2013
Date Added March 19, 2013
Version 1.81
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.86MB
File Name handy-start-menu-setup-ref%5Bchemtable%5D.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 32,261
Downloads Last Week 6
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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