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?
    tia
    cindy
     
    Cindy Stuart, Dec 8, 2006
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    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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    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
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  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
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  5. Cindy Stuart

    why? Guest

    No.

    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>
    allEditors
    allMSOffice
    <userid>Web Browsers
    adminPacketSniffer


    Me
     
    why?, Dec 8, 2006
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  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."



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    Bucky Breeder, Dec 8, 2006
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  7. Cindy Stuart

    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
    it.

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

    Cindy Stuart Guest

    win xp pro sp2
     
    Cindy Stuart, Dec 9, 2006
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