How to delete from all programs list w/o deleting programs

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Cindy Stuart, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. Cindy Stuart

    Cindy Stuart Guest

    i have way too many programs listed when i go to start~programs
    problem is there's now not enough room to display all the software i have on
    my machine -- and i don't want to eliminate anything yet. i want to remove
    their presence there, but not actually delete any files. is there a way to
    do this?
    Cindy Stuart, Dec 8, 2006
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  2. Cindy Stuart

    philo Guest

    Just right click and delete.
    All you are doing is deleting the shortcut and not the program itself
    philo, Dec 8, 2006
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  3. Cindy Stuart

    Mike Easter Guest

    Rather than delete the shortcuts from the program menu, you should
    organize them so that there are only a few entries at the main level.

    Put your most popular 5 or so programs at the top level and put all of
    the rest of the programs into folders or categories, such as alphabetic
    group and/or function groups. Or put everything into an alphabetic
    folder in addition to its appropriate category or function group.

    Then, you would have about a dozen items at the top level, your 5
    favorites and 5 categories and one alphabetic to be used in case you
    have a program you know the name but not the category. If something
    doesn't appear at the top level as a favorite, you should only have to
    click into one folder level deeper to find it.
    Mike Easter, Dec 8, 2006
  4. Cindy Stuart

    Cindy Stuart Guest

    on some entries it just gives a warning that modifying will affect all
    users. i understand that files won't be deleted but when i attempt to remove
    other entries i get the following,
    "Are you sure you want to remove the folder " " and remove all its contents
    to the Recycle Bin?"

    i'm pretty sure that its telling me that it's going to delete. how do i
    delete the entry but not the files?
    Cindy Stuart, Dec 8, 2006
  5. Cindy Stuart

    why? Guest


    It's easier create folders to group similar apps in.
    When any user logs in there are the apps for all users / apps for
    current user which neatly splits menu into 2 major sections.

    So I end up with folders like

    <most used stuff left alone>
    <userid>Web Browsers

    why?, Dec 8, 2006

  6. Yes, there are several way to do this for you.

    Try really hard to reveal what OS you're on. Right-click your My Computer,
    and it's right there on the "General" tab under "System."

    Best wishes to all for a safe and joyous holiday season.


    If I were the head of a country that just lost a war,
    and I then had to sign the peace treaty;
    just as I was signing, I'd glance over the treaty
    and then suddenly act surprised - and exclaim:
    "Wait a minute! I thought *we* won!"
    Bucky Breeder, Dec 8, 2006
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    Aspic Guest

    This just means the link you are removing is common to all named users
    of the system. On a single user system it's hard to see how it could
    create a problem.
    This is just windows referring to the menu subset as a folder - which it
    is in reality - you can see this by right clicking on the start button
    and selecting open or explore. I don't have an XP desktop here in front
    of me and I can't remember which, but it should be obvious when you see

    Then you can see they are just specialised folders containing links to
    the programs.
    Aspic, Dec 8, 2006
  8. Cindy Stuart

    Cindy Stuart Guest

    win xp pro sp2
    Cindy Stuart, Dec 9, 2006
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