Start Menu Organizer logo

Start Menu Organizer

By Winstep Software Technologies Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 29, 2009

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5

Version 1.5 improves compatibility with 64 bit versions of Windows in terms of detecting dead shortcuts.


Date Added March 15, 2011
Version 1.5

Operating Systems

Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 114,414
Downloads Last Week 0
Report Software

Related Software

Start Menu 8 logo

Start Menu 8

Free to try
Start Menu 8
Classic Shell logo

Classic Shell

Classic Shell
Start11 logo


Free to try
Desktop Calendar logo

Desktop Calendar

Desktop Calendar

User Reviews

26 User Votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star

Developer's Description

Over time, as more and more applications get installed, the Start Menu can get so cluttered that you end up spending a lot of time just trying to find that program you want to run. The Winstep Start Menu Organizer allows you to quickly group your Start Menu shortcuts into a specific set of categories (e.g. Utilities, Internet, Office) thus making finding what you are looking for a lot easier and much faster. Easy to use with intuitive interface. Full drag & drop support. Multi item selection and handling. Unlimited undo and redo levels. No actual changes made until you are satisfied with the new organization. Start menu backup and restore support. Automatic backup of the start menu contents on first run. Automatic removal of dead shortcuts. Multi language support. Includes update manager to look for, download, and automatically install new versions.

Promo image for CNET Shopping

Get the best price on everything

Shop your favorite products and we’ll find the best deal with a single click. Designed to make shopping easier.