Menu Inventor

By Micron Developers Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

Create your own Start Menu on steroids with this handy freeware. Menu Inventor's pull-down and pop-up laden interface is flexible and easy to navigate. Very novice users may have a little difficulty learning this application, but most will pick up its operation quickly. The user manual goes a great way toward explaining the program, but this is one of those applications experienced users like to dive into and use.

Menu Inventor sits on your desktop and doesn't replace your OS Start Menu. You control it and open other programs from the movable desktop button. Right-click the button and it opens a pop-up user-created menu of programs and controls. It resembles your Start menu, but items are arranged in any set of categories you choose. The easiest method to add links to the menu takes a pair of steps. Copy a shortcut or executable and then choose Paste from Clipboard on Menu Inventor. A dozen other functions make it easy to move, rename, add, delete applications and create new submenus. It's also easy to add hot keys for even quicker access.

Menu Inventor adds a skinnable interface for those unhappy with the default. This is an easy to recommend addition to the desktop of any user irritated with the inflexible Windows Start Menu.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1

This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added October 19, 2007
Version 1.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, Visual Basic Runtime Module 6.0


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Developer's Description

This menu manager is an alternative to Windows Start button. Fast, organized, with a KDE look-and-feel, and packed with features that will delight every Start-hater. Features: graphically very similar to Linux KDE menu, fully configurable menu structure, menu nesting supported, comfortable access editing to any file, quick batch adding, mouse and keyboard navigation, special menu items, movable trigger button. This product comes with 75 icons included. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
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