How to Customize Windows 7 Start Menu For Better Efficiency

Here at MakeTechEasier, we are in the business of making complicated things as simple as possible. Previously, we’ve already discussed how to customize the right click menu in windows 7. What you might not know is that you can customize the Windows 7 Start menu too. You can decorate the Windows 7 Start menu by adding the Administrative tool, enabling the Run command and Recent Items, and even delete all the Recent Items by double clicking on a shortcut. These tweaks allow you to have a faster access to Windows resources and be more efficient in your daily tasks. Let’s take a closer look at some of the tricks to customize the Start menu.

Add Administrative tool

If you need to access the system Administrative tools frequently, it may be a chore for you to open them from the Control Panel (Control Panel > System and Security) all the time. A better option is to add the Administrative tool in your Start menu where you can access it easily.

1. Right click on the Start menu and choose “Properties”.


2. A Taskbar and Start Menu Properties screen will appear. Under Start menu tab, click the “Customize” button.


3. Now scroll down and look for “System administrative tools”. Here three options are available. Choose “Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu”.


4. Click “OK” to save the changes and close out the remaining windows. Now the Administrative tool is available in your start menu. You can access all the Administrative tools from there.

You can also make a shortcut of the administrative tool in desktop by right clicking on the “Administrative tools” button that you have created recently in your start menu and drag it to the desktop.


Add the old Run command and the Recent Item

You might notice that the “Run” command and the “Recent Items” is not available in the Start menu in all the version of Windows 7. Many users like to have those in their start menu. The Recent Items arranges the shortcuts of your recently accessed documents, picture, videos, or other files so you can access those files again easily.


1. Right click the start menu button and choose “Properties“. Now in the Taskbar and start menu properties screen, click “Customize” button under the “Start menu tab“.

2. Scroll down until you see the “Run command” and  “Recent Items” options. Check the boxes beside them and click on “OK” to accept the changes.


3. Now click on “Apply” and “OK” to close all the windows. Now both the “Run” command and “Recent Items” are available in your start menu.

Delete all the Recent Items with a single double click

If you have recently accessed some files that you don’t want others to know, with this trick, you can easily and quickly delete all the entries from the Recent Items.

Note: This does not delete the original file. It just deletes the shortcuts that are stored in the “Recent” folder.

You can delete manually the shortcuts from the “Recent” folder by typing  “shell:recent” in the start menu search box, but there is a script which allows you to delete all the shortcuts from the Recent Items list by not more than one double click. It works like a magic. Let’s write the script code.

1. Open notepad.

2. Write down the following code in the notepad document file. Do not copy/paste from here. It will not work.

var fso = WScript.CreateObject(”Scripting.FileSystemObject);
var WSH =  new ActiveXObject(”WScript.Shell);
var folder =  WSH.SpecialFolders(”Recent”);
fso.DeleteFile(folder + “\\*.*);

3. Save the file as DeleteRecentDoc.js

Note: While saving, change the “Save as type” to “All files”.


The file you have created looks like as below.


Whenever you’ll run this file, the record of all the recently used items will be deleted. Now store the file any where in your hard drive, for convenience of uses, right click on it and create a shortcut to desktop.You may change the icon of the aforesaid file if you wish to do so.

The abovementioned tricks are only a tip of the iceberg on what you can add in the Start menu. Do share with us if you have any tricks not are not covered above.


Tanmay Ahmed is the administrator as well as the owner of the tech blog TechsGig where he regularly writes about computer tips & tricks, OS hacks, free online web tools and much more. In real life he is a student of computer science from Kolkata,India and he is very much passionate about being a professional blogger. He is here to share his knowledge that he gained from his student & blogging life.

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