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    How Can I add a Program to my Start Menu?

    I've been trying to add one of my old programs (WS_FTP) to my W10 Pro Start Menu. So far, I've been able to add it to the tiles, but I'd also like to have it show up in the program list at the left of the screen.

    Also, the program doesn't show up when I Search ("Ask Me Anything")... to open it, I need to find the EXE in File Manager and I'd like to not have to do that.

    Thanks for any advice,

    Alan

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    Paste a shortcut into C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs:

    How to Organize and Add Shortcuts to the All Apps List on Windows 10

    (ProgramData is hidden by default, so show hidden items in File Manager Options.)
    Last edited by BruceR; 2016-11-07 at 07:35.

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    Thanks, Bruce, but I'm afraid I'm missing something (and I -did- read the article

    I could not find C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs on my W10 Pro so instead I pasted a Shortcut into %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs (per the article you referenced), and the Shortcut is now there but the program is still not listed in my left Start Menu.

    Here's a picture of the Menu with the Shortcut: Capture.PNG

    What did I do wrong?

    Thanks again,

    Alan

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    "ProgramData" is hidden folder. Change your view options in File Explorer to enable hidden items.

    Have you checked your shortcut properties just to make sure that it somehow is not inadvertently set to be hidden?
    Joe

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    Create any shortcuts you like here. For example, you can right-click an .exe file elsewhere on your system, select Copy, access this shortcut, and then right-click and select “Paste shortcut.” Rename the shortcut anything you like and it will appear in your Start menu.

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    Thanks Joe (and David),

    I just did as you suggested, and the Shortcut is now in the directory (see picture), but it's not showing up in the All Programs list.

    This is hardly worth wasting more of your time on, but if you can tell me what I've done wrong I'll learn something!

    Here is a shot of the directory:

    Capture.PNG

    Thanks again,

    Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidS55 View Post
    it will appear in your Start menu.
    Quote Originally Posted by AlanWOPR View Post
    if you can tell me what I've done wrong I'll learn something
    I can't see anything wrong with what you did Alan, but I followed David's process and it worked.

    I just tested pasting an EXE file in there, and it didn't show up on the start menu. So enable viewing file extensions and make sure you have a shortcut in there [LNK extension], not an executable.

    It's a longshot, since your file type says "shortcut".
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