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Hide Start Button

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This tiny application accurately performs its only function: toggling the display of the Windows Start Button. Not much of an interface is there as Hide Start Button has only two commands: hide and show. While hiding the Start Button won't repel the serious or savvy user, it will slow them down. Further, novice users would be completely befuddled by the loss of the expected Start Button, the commands found on the Start Menu, quick access to certain programs, and the simple log-off method. To truly hide the Windows Menu for novice users, this application would need to also block the Windows Menu Button on most current keyboards, which is does not. This application's primary use would be in elementary school labs or the family PC, both of which are places where even accidental use of the Start Button is unwelcome. Hide Start Button is friendly and useful freeware for teachers and parents.

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    "Unexpected benefit"

    June 17, 2009  |   By NCWeber

    Version: Hide Start Button 1

    Pros

    Works as advertised. Simple and easy to use.

    Cons

    Could use a better name.

    Summary

    I cannot really rate this program for its intended function, that of removing the Start button from the Windows task bar to prevent program access. However, this program save my bacon when one of our field agents reported that his Start button on his laptop had disappeared. We had never heard of such an occurrence before. Usually, it's the entire task bar that goes, not just the button. After a diligent search on c|net Downloads, I was able to find this program and have the user install it. Immediately upon install and subsequent reboot, the button made its desired reappearance. We didn't even have to run the actual program. Another crisis averted.

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