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We had a lot of fun with PapaT's StartMenu9 Free. Not as a desktop start menu widget, though it's not bad at it, but as an example of the sort of "handcrafted" software that's less common these days. S9's "look" isn't for everyone, but its functionality is up-to-date. What S9 does is place a floating desktop icon that you can right-click to open an enhanced start menu (extra stuff like My Scratch Pad and various Modules) or double-click to show the desktop (like Windows' Show Desktop button).

S9's Splash Screen describes five easy steps to access its features, especially your enhanced start menu. But S9 suggests starting with the Art Module, a library of free icons to choose from. There's something for everyone, including puppies, kitties, flags, smiley faces, and scientific symbols. But look: It's an icon. You just have to be able to recognize it. You can use your own or any picture (small and square is best). We set our icon and right-clicked it. S9's menu accesses Computer, Control Panel, and other Windows features, your Default Internet Browser (Papa; hint: "Browser"), documents and libraries, Google and social media, and My Modules and Stuff. Apparently some of the stuff is only available in S9's premium version, including a rather confusing-looking Data Module partly obscured by an upgrade nag. Unfortunately, we saw no options for customizing S9's menu, like adding shortcuts. But there's no doubt that, once placed, we could instantly access our PC, Windows, and data. Though there's no real negative with the program, we did all that just fine without S9, too.

StartMenu9 Free is clearly a labor of love. We respect that, and the program's old-school vibe. We're desktop minimalists and use few gadgets, and Win7's Start Menu suffices. But we're glad S9 is there to challenge creeping software sameness. Fact is, you can do much worse in start menu apps than S9 -- whatever you think of its look.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Desktop Launcher ever. UNIQUE."

    October 25, 2013  |   By stevenjtoce

    Version: Start PDM 1.2

    Pros

    Personal data manager with advanced encryption technology.
    Magic Art Wizard makes custom skins in seconds.
    Image floats on your desktop or docks as a rectangle to the side.
    Websites, user IDs, passwords etc, all saved to your hard drive, not some other companies computers !!!
    Works on all Windows computers, from XP to Windows 8.1

    Cons

    Would like to see more Websites, user ID, password combinations.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "nice job on start menu with some extra features"

    May 7, 2013  |   By Tina1175

    Version: Start PDM 1.0

    Pros

    really minimizes how much you move your hand because the image floats to anywhere on the screen. everything you need all in 1 place. i like the custom artwork and the personal data organizer.

    Cons

    i had to uninstall before i got the full version.

    Summary

    I like how easy it is to use this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "simple to use and helps me be organized"

    May 7, 2013  |   By louiseDiebolt

    Version: Start PDM 1.0

    Pros

    i know where everything is. i use a picture of my grandkids as the art work. very inexpensive if you decide to but the data window which i do use and cant live without it now. great.

    Cons

    cant think of any

    Summary

    recommend this program highly

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  • 5.0 stars

    "this is the best start menu i seen"

    May 7, 2013  |   By steph456

    Version: Start PDM 1.0

    Pros

    graphics and personal data management are great

    Cons

    there are none

    Summary

    i use this one every day

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use and lots of extras beyond normal start menu"

    May 7, 2013  |   By hardberry

    Version: Start PDM 1.0

    Pros

    Colorful art displays to choose from any available photo.
    Data module can be your personal organizer.
    This superior selection of common things I do is very useful.
    Love the scratch pad.
    Direct link to videos, downloads, social media.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Summary

    It's completely free!!!! Only $5.00 to continue to use the data
    module.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A really different start menu for win 7 and 8 ..."

    May 6, 2013  |   By CaseyDogger2

    Version: Start PDM 1.0

    Pros

    It floats. i always hated having to always go to bottom left to get anything.Great multimedia and i like the ability to EASILY make your own custom skin. Finally a data module, if it does nothing but organize my personal data it is well worth it. i use the scratch pad and the time announcer.

    Cons

    need an even bigger data module. i have about 20 website/userid/password combinations.

    Summary

    a really neat way to pack all the things you do in one nice floating package.

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