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Office: Customizing Start Menu to Create Microsoft Office Menu

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SUMMARY
When you install Microsoft Office or one of the individual MicrosoftOffice applications, the applications are added as separate items to thePrograms menu on the Start menu in Windows. If you are used to accessingyour applications from a Microsoft Office group from an earlier versionof Office, or if you want to access these applications from a MicrosoftOffice menu on the Start menu, you can customize your Start menu tocreate the structure that you desire.
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When you install Microsoft Office, the following shortcuts are added tothe Start Menu\Programs folder in the Microsoft Windows folder, andappear on the Programs menu on the Start menu:
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Word
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Binder
Microsoft Schedule+ (Office 7.0 only)
Microsoft Outlook (Office 97 only)
Photo Editor (Office 97 only)
You can change the structure of these items (or any additional items) onthe Start menu. For example, to add a Microsoft Office menu to thePrograms menu, and then add any of the Office shortcuts to this newMicrosoft Office menu, use any of the following methods.

Method 1: Use the Taskbar Properties

To modify the Start menu by using the Taskbar Properties dialog box, dothe following:

  1. On the Windows taskbar, click Start. Click Settings, and then click Taskbar.
  2. Click the Start Menu Programs tab. Click Advanced.

    Windows Explorer appears and the Start Menu\Programs folder is active.
  3. Double-click the Programs folder. On the File menu, click New, and then click Folder.
  4. Give the new folder the name that you want to appear on the Programs menu, such as Microsoft Office.
  5. From the Programs folder, drag any of the Office shortcuts that you want to appear on the new menu that you created in Step 4.
  6. In Windows Explorer, click Close on the File menu. In the Taskbar Properties dialog box, click OK.

Method 2: Use My Computer or Windows Explorer

To modify the Start menu by using My Computer or Windows Explorer, do thefollowing:

  1. Start My Computer or Windows Explorer.
  2. Double-click the Microsoft Windows folder. Double-click the Start Menu folder, and then double-click the Programs folder.
  3. On the File menu, click New, and then click Folder.
  4. Give the new folder the name that you want to appear on the Programs menu, such as Microsoft Office.
  5. From the Programs folder, drag any of the Office shortcuts that you want to appear on the new menu that you created in Step d above.
  6. Close the open Windows Explorer window or My Computer windows.
REFERENCES
For more information about customizing the Start menu in Windows, clickthe Index tab in Windows Help, type the following text
Start menu, cu
double-click the selected text and then double-click Customizing TheTaskbar Or Start Menu to go to the "To Customize the Taskbar or StartMenu" topic.
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Article ID: 132979 - Last Review: 01/19/2007 13:26:38 - Revision: 2.2

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