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Handy Start Menu 1.80

The standard Windows Start menu is far from ideal. Too often users find themselves taking too long to look for an application they want to start. This happens because the Start menu often has a very long list of programs that are installed on the system. So, it takes quite some time to find the application you want to run.

The Handy Start Menu program allows you to get rid of this problem by grouping Start menu applications into categories according to their purpose. Because applications are sorted automatically, the user is not required to do anything in most situations.

There is also another inconvenience in using the standard Start menu. To run a program, you need to open a folder that contains that application. But why do we need to open a folder and select the main application shortcut every time we want to run a program? When you start using the Handy Start Menu, the menu folders become shortcuts. A single click on a program folder is enough to run a relevant application automatically. A folder does not lose its properties: It contains child items as before, and you can easily open any of them.

It is important to note that the Handy Start Menu only applies a more convenient way of representing the content of the Start menu, rather than modifying files and folders physically. At any time, you can easily restore the standard look of the Start menu by disabling the Handy Start Menu program.

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History updates (Complete changelogs since the listing on this site)

1.80 [12-25-12]

* The program puts back the Start menu under Windows 8 with the search field and the Shutdown button in it. These elements are absent in the standard interface of the above OS.
* The program works more stable now.
* Fixed bugs.

Other versions : 1.73 1.72 1.71 1.70 1.60 1.50 1.40 1.33 1.32 1.30 1.28 1.27 1.25 1.20 1.10 1.06 1.04 1.0

v1.73 [09-13-12]

* Minor bugs fixed.

v1.72 [09-06-12]

* The programs database has been updated. This means that more new programs can be sorted by categories without contacting the server.
* Bug fixed: In some cases Handy Start Menu could not be enabled after loading the system.

v1.71 [08-10-12]

* The programs database has been updated. This means that more new programs can be sorted by categories without contacting the server.
* Bug fixed: When using the installed program updates check function, in some cases the program could inform about the updates which were already shown earlier.

v1.70 [08-01-12]

The installed program updates check function allows you to perform the search for updates of all installed programs and show a list of the available new versions. To use this feature, click on the Start button and then select All Programs -> Find updates for all your software.

v1.60 [07-03-12]

Windows 8 Release Preview support. Only the Handy Start Menu functionality is available so far, without the standard Start Menu functions (because it does not exist in Windows 8 Release Preview).

v1.50 [03-12-12]

* Now using Handy Start Menu you can easily uninstall programs you don't need anymore;
* You can temporarily hide the Start menu items without removing them physically.
* The ability to import and export categories has been added.
* and other...

v1.40 [11-26-11]

* Added the ability to change the font size of the Start menu (Pro-version).
* The Settings window now includes the option to disable any Internet activity.
* Under Windows XP the additional commands to configure Handy Start Menu are now shown along with categories.

v1.33 [10-27-11]

* Changes to the installer code.
* The program database has been updated.
* The French localization has been added.

v1.32 [09-15-11]

* Fixed problem with spontaneous disabling of the Handy menu occurred on some systems.

v1.30 [08-24-11]

* The standard context menu items are now included in Handy Start Menu.
* The new Accessories and Built-In Apps category has been added.
* Improved rendering of the category images in the Start Menu.
* Increased gaps between the Start menu items.
* New program logo.

v1.28 [08-09-11]

* Some bugs has been fixed.

v1.27 [07-14-11]

* Some fixes in the automatic program update function.

v1.25 [07-08-11]

* Added an option to hide the program icon in the notification area (the system tray).
* The program now supports Internet connection via a proxy server. By connecting to the Internet you can update the program immediately and automatically sort new programs among categories.

v1.20 [06-24-11]

* Drag and drop technology support.
* Category manager now works faster due to the optimization of the images loading procedure.
* Simpler update: now after the user had agreed to update the new version is downloaded and installed automatically.

v1.10 [02-28-11]

Usability improvements. Bugs fixed.

v1.06 [12-02-10]

Usability improvements. Bugs fixed.

v1.04 [10-14-10]

Usability improvements. Bugs fixed.

v1.0 [09-21-10]

Initial release.

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