Control of Windows 7 Start menu


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Bob S

In XP I could use Classic menus and put the programs I wanted into my start
menu and launch them by pressing the Start Key and then the first letter of
the program. If I do that now, it seems to do a search of my HD for items
with that letter in it. Can someone tell me how to get this function in Win
7. Thanks.
 
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Bob S

Thank you Terry. That is pretty close to the way I do it as well. Then, in
XP, I could simply press (or click) start and press the first letter of the
program shortcut to start the program. Unfortunately, in Win 7 pressing
that letter key (like "O" for Outlook, for instance) does a search for items
on my Hard-disk that have an "o" in them. Do you know any way around this?
 
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GSalisbury

Bob S said:
Thank you Terry. That is pretty close to the way I do it as well. Then,
in XP, I could simply press (or click) start and press the first letter of
the program shortcut to start the program. Unfortunately, in Win 7
pressing that letter key (like "O" for Outlook, for instance) does a
search for items on my Hard-disk that have an "o" in them. Do you know
any way around this?

Using both hands I hit my Windows Key (or click the Start Orb) then the
Up-Arrow key then the "letter".
Try that
Geo.
 
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Bob S

Geo, thanks for your reply. I could not get it with hitting the windows key
and up arrow at the same time. That maximized the window that was already
active. I can get it with 4 keystrokes (start, then up-arrow, then the
letter, then Enter key). In XP I could get it with 2 key strokes: Windows
key then the first letter. Do you have any further thoughts? Bob

GSalisbury said:
Bob S said:
Thank you Terry. That is pretty close to the way I do it as well. Then,
in XP, I could simply press (or click) start and press the first letter
of the program shortcut to start the program. Unfortunately, in Win 7
pressing that letter key (like "O" for Outlook, for instance) does a
search for items on my Hard-disk that have an "o" in them. Do you know
any way around this?

Using both hands I hit my Windows Key (or click the Start Orb) then the
Up-Arrow key then the "letter".
Try that
Geo.
 
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GSalisbury

Bob S said:
Geo, thanks for your reply. I could not get it with hitting the windows
key and up arrow at the same time. That maximized the window that was
already active. I can get it with 4 keystrokes (start, then up-arrow,
then the letter, then Enter key). In XP I could get it with 2 key
strokes: Windows key then the first letter. Do you have any further
thoughts? Bob

No I don't.
Sorry if my "strokes" weren't clear - I didn't mean the WinKey and up-arrow
together.
I was trying to illustrate a workable method with a minimum of hand
movement.
Left-hand WinKey then right-hand up-arrow then left-hand "letter" then
right-hand Enter.
Two more more then XP yes but livable.
Geo.
 
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Bob S

Thank you Geo for the help.
Bob

GSalisbury said:
No I don't.
Sorry if my "strokes" weren't clear - I didn't mean the WinKey and
up-arrow together.
I was trying to illustrate a workable method with a minimum of hand
movement.
Left-hand WinKey then right-hand up-arrow then left-hand "letter" then
right-hand Enter.
Two more more then XP yes but livable.
Geo.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

In XP I could use Classic menus and put the programs I wanted into my start
menu and launch them by pressing the Start Key and then the first letter of
the program. If I do that now, it seems to do a search of my HD for items
with that letter in it. Can someone tell me how to get this function in Win
7. Thanks.

Looking at the rest of the thread, I want to mention another idea...

1. Type the first letter of the desired program's name.

2. If your program's name is highlighted, press enter.

3. If your program's name is nearby, use an arrow key to scroll to it;
press enter.

4. If you get tired, press escape and go make some coffee.

5. Press the next letter of the desired program's name and go to step
2.
 

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