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How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Recently when I posted “Will Windows 8 be a Good OS for Desktop PCs?” article, I got the idea of posting today’s tutorial.

As we all know Windows 7 doesn’t come with classic start menu but there are many free software available to get it back in Windows 7 which can be found at following link:

We have also posted a few tutorials which help you in getting an advanced start menu similar to classic start menu. You can read them at following links:

Apart from the missing classic start menu, Windows 7 start menu also doesn’t allow you to manually change the order of all programs list. When you open All programs list, all installed programs are listed in alphabetical order. Some Windows 7 users also complain about the installed programs folders showing at bottom instead of top.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

If you try to change the order of all programs list in start menu by dragging-n-dropping a program entry, you can’t. Windows 7 automatically sorts all installed programs in alphabetical order.

Today in this tutorial, we’ll tell you how to disable this automatic alphabetical sorting of start menu programs and how to manually change order of all programs list?

So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

1. We’ll need to disable the automatic sorting feature using Taskbar and Start Menu settings. Right-click on Taskbar and select “Properties” option.

2. Now go to “Start Menu” tab and click on “Customize” button.

3. It’ll open a new window. Scroll down to the bottom of options list and you’ll see an option “Sort All Programs menu by name“. It would be enabled by default. You just need to uncheck the checkbox and click on OK button.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

4. That’s it. Now you can change the order of all programs list in Start Menu by simply dragging-n-dropping a program entry to your desired location. You can even drag-n-drop installed programs folders to top, middle or anywhere you want.

Following screenshot shows you how you can change the order of programs list in start menu:

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

As you can see in above screenshot, a few programs folders have been put at top and there is no alphabetical sorting happening any more.

About the author: Vishal Gupta (also known as VG) has been awarded with Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award. He holds Masters degree in Computer Applications (MCA). He has written several tech articles for popular newspapers and magazines and has also appeared in tech shows on various TV channels.

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how can I stop alpha listings in the picture window screen?

The problem is that from time to time, the menu gets alphabetized again………………

this is extremly annoying…
any idea ?

I do not have “sort by name” checked, but everytime I open the start menu, even between boots, they are sorted.
Help please.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Ve výchozím nastavení bude Start Menu automaticky uspořádat vaše instalované programy abecedně, zatímco to může být chování, které si přejete, znám mnoho lidí, kteří jsou podrážděni. Zde je způsob, jak ji deaktivovat.

Zakázat abecední řazení programů

Klepněte pravým tlačítkem myši na tlačítko Start Orb a v místní nabídce vyberte Vlastnosti.

Když se načíst dialogové okno Vlastnosti, ujistěte se, že jste na kartě Nabídka Start a stiskli tlačítko Přizpůsobit.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Tím vyvinete možnosti přizpůsobení, přejděte dolů, dokud nenaleznete volbu označenou názvem Řadit všechny programy podle názvu a zrušte zaškrtnutí políčka.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Klepněte na tlačítko ok a to je vše, co je k dispozici, můžete nyní uspořádat své programy, jak chcete.

The Start Menu: in all probability it’s where you start, every time you turn on your PC. Disregarding a hiatus with Windows 8, it’s been a staple of the Windows desktop for generations with proven credentials as an efficient app launcher. Unfortunately, it still tends to attract inordinate amounts of bloat as you use your PC.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

On a fresh Windows 10 install, the Start menu’s apps list is fairly tidy. Most apps, particularly UWP ones from the Store, are displayed at the root of the menu. Windows also includes a few folders, such as “Windows Accessories,” to group together less frequently-used utilities.

As you add more apps to your PC, your apps list can quickly start to lose its structure. Apps are able to add whichever shortcuts they like to the menu, and there’s little consistency between programs. Desktop apps in particular have a tendency to create a new folder for themselves and include a plethora of uninstallation, settings and website links. Over time, you might find it harder to locate an app, and you’ll also see unwanted shortcuts showing up in Windows Search.

Start Menu folders

All is not lost. You can manually move, create and delete Start menu shortcuts to restore some order to your PC. Under the hood, Windows relies on the same Start menu shortcut storage system as all older releases.

App list entries are located in one of two folders on your PC. These locations are nothing more than regular directories, the contents of which are automatically displayed in the Start menu.

The two directories are as follows:

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

The easiest way to open either of these locations is by using the Run prompt (press Win+R to open it quickly). Copy and paste the directory into the box and press “OK.” Alternatively, you can copy and paste the directory paths into the address bar in File Explorer.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

As we noted above, these paths really are just regular folders. You should see immediately how the structure of your Start menu is replicated within the two “Programs” folders. If you want to delete an unwanted shortcut or folder, just select it and hit delete. When you reopen the Start menu, you’ll find it’s disappeared.

What to do now?

When you’re looking for a particular shortcut or folder, remember it might be in either of the two directories. A quick way to get to where a shortcut is located is to right-click it in the Start menu and choose “More > Open file location.”

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Generally, software installed for every user of your PC will add its shortcuts to “%programdata%,” whereas programs installed for your profile only will be in “%appdata%.” Every shortcut and folder you add to the “%programdata%” location will show in the Start menu for all user accounts on your PC.

With the Start Menu storage system exposed, you should now be able to tidy up your apps list. You could try moving desktop apps out of individual folders, or creating your own custom folders to collect different kinds of app. Use File Explorer to copy, paste and delete shortcuts and folders as you see fit.

Adding new shortcuts

You might also want to add new shortcuts to the menu. In this example, we’ll add a link to the “winver” utility which displays the “About Windows” version prompt. We’ll name our link “About Windows” in the Start menu.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Open your Start menu folder (we’ll use “%appdata%”, since we don’t want other user accounts to see our shortcut). Right-click File Explorer’s background and choose “New > Shortcut.” In the prompt which appears, type “winver” and press OK. On the next screen, type “About Windows” to name your shortcut. Press OK and open the Start Menu – you should see your shortcut appear!

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

If you’re creating a shortcut to a program which doesn’t come with Windows, you’ll need to know the path to its executable file first (usually a “.exe” file). You can use the “Browse” button in the shortcut wizard to find programs on your PC. They’ll usually be inside the “C:WindowsProgram Files” folder, within a directory titled with the name of the program or developer.

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How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Is your Start menu getting so cluttered you can’t find anything? The All Programs section of the Start menu may be in alphabetical order (sometimes by company names rather than program names), but would you rather have it categorized?

There is an easy way to organize the All Programs section of the Start menu without using third-party software. To manually organize your Start menu, click on the Start orb, right-click on All Programs and select Open from the popup menu. This opens the folder containing program shortcuts for the currently logged in user only.

If you want to open the folder containing program shortcuts for all users, select Open All Users from the popup menu. We recommend you open both folders because the All Programs section of the Start menu is created from the shortcuts in both folders.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

The Programs folder contains all the shortcuts listed when you select All Programs on the Start menu. Open the Programs folder for both the current user and for all users. To organize the shortcuts, copy and move existing shortcuts, delete shortcuts and folders and add new shortcuts as desired. You can create new folders in the Programs folder for categories, such as Office, Graphics, Browsers, etc. and put your shortcuts into these folders.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Here’s our Start menu categorized and sorted alphabetically automatically within each category (or folder).

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

It’s much easier to find programs on an organized Start menu. As you install programs, just repeat this process to categorize the new programs and keep your Start menu clean and organized.

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Apps, settings, files—they can all be found on the Start menu. Just select the Start button on the taskbar. Next, make it yours by pinning apps and programs.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Your apps and programs—right at your fingertips

Open apps you use often from the Pinned or Recommended section of the Start menu. Go to All apps and scroll down the app list to see all apps and programs alphabetically, from A to Xbox.

All apps button

You have the power

Lock or sign out of your PC, switch to another account, or change your account picture by selecting your picture (or the Accounts icon, if you haven’t added a personal picture) on the bottom left of the Start menu.

When you’re ready to step away for a while, use the power button at the bottom right of the Start menu to make your PC sleep, restart, or shut down completely.

To make other changes to how the Start menu looks, select the Start button, and then select Settings > Personalization > Start to change which apps and folders appear on the Start menu.

Apps, settings, files—they can all be found on the Start menu. Just select the Start button on the taskbar. Next, make it yours by pinning apps and programs, or moving and regrouping tiles. If you need more space, resize the Start menu.

Your apps and programs—right at your fingertips

Open File Explorer, Settings, and other apps you use often from the left side of the Start menu. Scroll down the app list to see all apps and programs alphabetically, from A to Xbox.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Menu (expands to show names for all menu items)

You have the power

Lock or sign out of your PC, switch to another account, or change your account picture by selecting your picture (or the Accounts icon, if you haven’t added a personal picture) on the left of the Start menu.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

When you’re ready to step away for a while, use the power button at the bottom of the Start menu to make your PC sleep, restart, or shut down completely.

To make other changes to how the Start menu looks, select the Start button, and then select Settings > Personalization > Start to change which apps and folders appear on the Start menu.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Theo mặc định, Start Menu sẽ tự động sắp xếp các chương trình đã cài đặt theo thứ tự bảng chữ cái, trong khi đây có thể là hành vi mà bạn mong muốn, tôi biết rất nhiều người bị kích thích bởi nó. Sau đây là cách tắt tính năng này.

Vô hiệu hóa phân loại các chương trình chữ cái

Nhấn chuột phải vào Start Orb và chọn Properties từ menu ngữ cảnh.

Khi hộp thoại Properties tải, hãy đảm bảo rằng bạn trên tab Start Menu và nhấn nút Customize.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Thao tác này sẽ hiển thị các tùy chọn tùy chỉnh, cuộn xuống cho đến khi bạn tìm thấy tùy chọn có nhãn Trình đơn Tất cả Chương trình theo tên và bỏ chọn hộp.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Nhấp vào ok và đó là tất cả để có nó, bây giờ bạn có thể sắp xếp các chương trình của bạn như bạn muốn.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Oletusarvon mukaan Käynnistä-valikko järjestää automaattisesti asennetut ohjelmasi aakkosjärjestyksessä, vaikka tämä voi olla käyttäytyminen, tiedän paljon ihmisiä, jotka ärsyttää sitä. Näin poistat sen käytöstä.

Aakkosellinen ohjelmointi

Napsauta Käynnistä Orb-painiketta hiiren kakkospainikkeella ja valitse pikavalikosta Ominaisuudet.

Kun Ominaisuudet-valintaikkuna latautuu, varmista, että napsautat Käynnistä-valikko -välilehteä ja napsautat Mukauta-painiketta.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Tämä tuo esiin räätälöintivaihtoehdot, vierittele alaspäin, kunnes löydät valinnan nimeltä Kaikki ohjelmat -valikko nimellä ja poista valinta ruutuun.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Napsauta OK ja se kaikki on siinä, voit järjestää ohjelmasi haluamallasi tavalla.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

По подразбиране менюто "Старт" автоматично подрежда инсталираните програми по азбучен ред, а това може да е поведението, което желаете, знам много хора, които са раздразнени от него. Ето как да го забраните.

Деактивиране на азбучно сортиране на програми

Щракнете с десния бутон върху Start Orb и изберете Properties от контекстното меню.

Когато се зареди диалоговият прозорец "Свойства", се уверете, че сте в раздела "Старт меню" и натиснете бутона "Персонализиране".

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Това ще доведе до опциите за персонализиране, превъртете надолу, докато намерите опцията с име Сортиране на всички програми по име и премахнете отметката от квадратчето.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Щракнете OK и това е всичко, което можете да направите, сега можете да организирате вашите програми, както желаете.

The Windows 10 Start Menu introduces a new All Apps section that, by default, lists all of the applications installed on a user’s PC. Although quite similar in name to the “All Programs” list from Windows 7 and earlier, the Windows 10 All Apps list doesn’t function in the same way. It does not allow the user unable to manually add, remove, or rearrange applications directly via the Start Menu. Thankfully, there’s a workaround that brings some of this functionality back to the user, although it includes some important caveats. That said, here’s how to add, remove, and organize the All Apps list in Windows 10.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

A Note About Universal Apps

The Windows 10 All Apps list is home to both traditional “desktop” apps as well as “universal” apps from the Windows Store. Unfortunately, the steps described in this tip apply only to desktop apps, and won’t work with universal apps. You can still remove a universal app from your Start Menu’s All Apps list, but you’ll need to uninstall it completely (right-click on the app’s entry in the Start Menu and select Uninstall).

What are Universal Apps?

Microsoft has launched an initiative for all apps across their different platforms to be universal. This implies that apps in your Windows computer will also be compatible with Xbox, Windows phones, and tablets. The software can be primarily downloaded through the Microsoft Store.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Although this limitation is restrictive, the relatively good news is that users can re-download purchased apps from the Windows Store at any time, so the process of getting a universal app back if you regret uninstalling it later shouldn’t be a major issue. When it comes to desktop apps, however, the steps below demonstrate how you can, among other things, remove their icons from your All Apps list while keeping the apps installed and fully functional.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Removing Apps from the All Apps List

To remove a desktop app from the Windows 10 Start Menu’s All Apps list, first head to Start > All Apps and find the app in question. Right-click on its icon and select More > Open File Location.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Of note, you can only right-click on an application itself, and not a folder that the app might reside in. This doesn’t mean that you can’t remove or modify folders in the All Apps list (we’ll show you how in a moment), but you’ll need a specific application icon itself to get to the next step.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

After clicking Open File Location, a new File Explorer window will appear showing you the application shortcut. Depending on whether the app is available to all users or limited to your own user account, you’ll be looking at one of the following directories, respectively:

Changes made to the contents of these directories will be reflected in the All Apps list. For example, we want to remove Microsoft Access 2016 from our All Apps list, but we don’t necessarily want to uninstall the application. Using the steps above, we can locate the Access 2016 shortcut in the corresponding “Programs” folder and delete it. When we open the Start Menu’s All Apps list again, the entry for Access 2016 will not show.

You can remove other applications, including folders, from File Explorer to get rid of any unwanted apps that would otherwise clutter up your All Apps list. Note, however, that there are certain system files and entries that you can see in File Explorer but not in your All Apps list. It’s best to leave any entries that don’t show up in the All Apps list alone in case Windows or other applications rely on them.

Organizing Apps in the All Apps List

Rather than deleting apps from the All Apps list, some users may prefer to organize their apps into folders; thus, reducing desktop clutter and making it look more organized. This can be accomplished by repeating the steps above to find the app’s shortcut location. Instead of deleting any apps, however, you can create a new folder (or use an existing folder) and simply drag and drop the appropriate apps into place.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

For example, all of our Adobe Creative Cloud apps are listed in the top-level Programs folder, but we can move them all to an “Adobe” folder to clean up our All Apps list while still maintaining easy access to our Adobe apps.

How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs

Folders in the All Apps list don’t need to be limited to certain developers, of course. Users can create custom folders such as “Games” or “Work” and populate them with the desired list of apps. You can also rename apps or folders in File Explorer and have the changes reflected in your All Apps list.

Once you’re done organizing your Start Menu in Windows 10, you’ll be able to search and find content and apps faster than ever before.

Choose Which Apps Show in Your Start Menu

There are apps which your want to be readily available in your Start Menu for easy access. There is a way to customize your Start Menu to show all the available apps or just the ones you use most of the time. To do this, you have to:

  1. Click the Start Menu.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Click Personalization, and adjust the settings you want to change. How to stop the start menu from alphabetically arranging your programs