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PostPoints tip: Stop Start menu pollution

This tip goes out to any software developers who read this: The Start menu is not a dumping ground for every secondary file an application might use, such as its "readme" file, its help documentation, its uninstaller or a link to its Web site. It's meant for one thing--a shortcut to the program itself--and all those other items only waste space in the already-cramped Start menu. For that matter, there's no reason to put a program's Start menu link inside a separate folder, unless you somehow think users appreciate the extra mouse clicks needed to run the application. (Hint: We don't.) To its credit, Microsoft gives this advice on its developers' site; to its discredit, it can't always get its own programmers to follow it. Just a Windows user, not a programmer? You now know one way to tell the thoughtful developers from the careless ones. (You can rearrange the Start menu by hand--see the tutorial I wrote in 2006--but you'll probably have to redo this work every time a program updates itself.)

By Rob Pegoraro  |  August 4, 2009; 9:32 AM ET
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