How to Add an Item to the Start Menu

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Instead of opening an application by finding its icon and double-clicking it, you can add an application shortcut to the Start menu. These instructions work for Windows 95 or 98.

Things You'll Need

  • Computers

Step 1

Click the Start button, which is often located in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. A menu will appear.

Step 2

Scroll up to Settings and click on Taskbar & Start Menu. A small window will appear.

Step 3

Click Start Menu Programs, then click Add.

Step 4

Type the path to the application (something like C:\Programs\MyProgram\Program.exe) in the command line, or click Browse to find the program by navigating through folders.

Step 5

After you've located the application with Browse or typed in the path, click Next.

Step 6

The folder and subfolders that appear next represent the Start menu and its submenus. Click the folder where you want your new shortcut to appear, or click New Folder to create a new subfolder. Then click Next.

Step 7

Type in a name for the new item (such as MyProgram) in the text field that appears. Then click Finish.

Step 8

Your new item is now added to the Start menu in the submenu that you selected. Test it to be sure it works properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to select the correct executable file, or your software will not run from the Start menu shortcut. If you have made a mistake, you can correct it using the Remove option instead of the Add option.