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Start Menu Organizer

CNET Editors' review

It is frequently the case that Start menu enhancements turn out not to be enhancements at all, but ugly, clunky, annoying modifications that we can't wait to get rid of. Start Menu Organizer, however, is a thing of beauty. It's incredibly intuitive, does exactly what it says it will without a bunch of useless extra features, and performs a truly valuable service.

Take a look at your Start menu. Is the All Programs tab a clutter of random stuff with no rhyme or reason? Start Menu Organizer can help. The program's interface is simple and clean, requiring no explanation. The program provides users with premade folders with such labels as Games, Internet, Utilities, and so on, and users simply move each application in their Start menu into the appropriate folder. Users can create custom folders as well. The result is a Start menu organized into neat categories, a place for everything and everything in its place. Start Menu Organizer doesn't contain a bunch of extra features, and it doesn't need to. In addition to organizing the Start menu, it deletes dead shortcuts, and users can create a backup of their original Start menu in case they need to restore it for some reason. The program also supports seven different languages. That's all it does, and all it needs to do. The built-in Help file explains all of the program's functions, but we doubt many users will need to consult it.

Start Menu Organizer is free. It comes as a ZIP file, but it installs and uninstalls without issues. We strongly recommend this program to all users.

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  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 5 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Limited version & Ad supported"

    February 8, 2011  |   By William_Berzoff

    Version: Start Menu Organizer 1.4

    Pros

    It will allow you to organize your start menu in ten pre-defined categories.

    Cons

    You can not create your own categories.
    You will have to settle with English language in your menu. (multi-language only for payed version)
    There are ads for the payed version in the menu.

    Summary

    This is not true freeware.
    Only after installation of Winstep products you will find out they are very limited and to access all features you will need to buy a full version.
    On the website of Winstep they do not mention of this program being a limited version. They do not mention there being a payed version, so you are not able to find out beforehand.
    I do not appreciate this kind of aggressive sales techniques and therefor my advice is to look for some other product.

    I rather buy something from a software publisher that is straight forward about what you need to pay for.

    CNET reviewers should start doing a better job in their reviews as they constantly keep neglecting to mention the kind of facts I just wrote !
    If they don't improve I will abandon CNET all together !

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  • 5.0 stars

    "OUTSTANDING !"

    December 11, 2010  |   By indianacarnie

    Version: Start Menu Organizer 1.4

    Pros

    too many to say

    Cons

    none that i have found so far

    Summary

    great little piece of software. only beef i have is not being able to make your own folders in the free edition.(but the defaults are more than adequate) this is one of the few pieces of software i've found that makes me want to buy the paid version. outstanding freebie! easy to install, extremely easy to work, i have no idea how the uninstallation goes because this is a keeper.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I've used other "Organizers" & this one meets my needs."

    December 1, 2010  |   By rakeman74a

    Version: Start Menu Organizer 1.4

    Pros

    Easy to install and use, almost no learning curve. Free version is very usable and if you need more flexibility a Pro version is available. Help file is comprehensive, not a one page readme.

    Cons

    Even the Pro version has one minor limitation to me. I can't drag & drop categories into categories to become subs when I don't think far enough ahead and need to reorganize.

    Summary

    This program made a huge difference in my start menu with little effort and has been added to my "Must-Have" list. So far stability is rock solid and any functionality it lacks could find it's way into free upgrades. This has become my answer to an overloaded Start Menu...TRY IT!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Who Want's To Live Forever?"

    November 10, 2010  |   By Nigel J Dougan

    Version: Start Menu Organizer 1.4

    Pros

    It's already on your computer but this is so simple to use and even easier to find!

    Cons

    I'd like the sound of a programme 'flat-lining' as it's turned off.

    Summary

    Every time we download something we end up with yet another programme that is likely to grind its way into life as your computer starts. They're all very handy as that's why we wanted them but do we really want them when all we want is to check our e-mails.

    Once a month, open this light weight programme and see whether or not you want it there at the start of the day? A quick click and it's there in the background just waiting for you to breath life into it. If you're happy watching icons flick into life, I'm happy for you. Time is precious and do I want a computer that lumbers into life with countless programmes eating away at the memory.

    Yes Microsoft have a Start Up Manager but let's face it, like all their management sections, it takes forever to locate the damn thing.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A real nice little bit of software."

    August 18, 2010  |   By DF.

    Version: Start Menu Organizer 1.4

    Pros

    This product is very useful. Organizes your start menu in a few clicks. Everything that you used to search for is in neat categories. A fine product.

    Cons

    Categories are a bit vague, You have to decide what is defined as this or that.

    Summary

    Good freeware. When you have something to do, you can fin d it quickly and efficiently. I'd recommend this to all Windows users.

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