Having recently opened the Windows Start Menu and
clicked on All Programs we noticed that an
application we needed to launch was actually missing
from the All Programs menu. Maybe we inadvertently
deleted it, no one will ever know; all we do know is
that it wasn't there when we needed it. Fortunately,
for us, it was a simple matter to type the
application name in the Start Menu search box and
then click on the application file name that
appeared in the search results to actually launch
While launching the application from the Start
Menu search box was useful it was still not as
convenient as simply opening the All Programs menu
and clicking on the relevant application shortcut.
So how do you go about replacing the missing
application shortcut in the All Programs menu? Well
the problem is not as hard to remedy as you
- Firstly you need to Search for the
application and then Copy it to your desktop.
- Click the Start Button.
Fig: 60-1 Type the
application name you are looking for in the
Start Menu Search box
- In the Start Menu Search Box type the name
of the application you are looking for. In our
example it is Paint.Net.
Fig: 60-2 The application
should appear in the top portion of the Search
- When you see the application displayed in
the Search Results, Right click on it and, from
the drop down menu, Select the Copy option.
Fig: 60-3 Click the Copy
option to copy the shortcut to an alternative
position, preferably your Desktop
- Click on the Show Desktop button on the
bottom Right of your screen, then Right Click on
a vacant area of the desktop and, from the drop
down menu, Click the Paste option. Your
application shortcut should now appear on your
Fig: 60-4 The application
(ringed in our illustration) Pasted to the
- Now to re-insert the application back into
the All Programs menu you need to Click the
Start Button and then Right click on the All
Programs option. From the drop down menu Click
on the Open All Users option.
Fig: 60-5 Right click on the
All Programs option to open up the context menu
- When you Click on the Open All Users option
Windows Explorer will open showing the following
Fig: 60-6 Right click on the
Programs folder and then Paste the application
- The first option in the Right Hand Pane of
Windows Explorer is Programs.
- Now go back to Desktop and Right Click on
the application you recently pasted there.
- From the Drop Down Menu, Click on Copy.
- Next go back to Windows Explorer and Right
click on the Programs option.
- From the Drop Down Menu, Click Paste.
- A message will now appear informing you that
you need Administrative permissions to continue.
If you are the Administrator or you have
Administrative permissions, Click the Continue
Fig: 60-7 Click the Continue
button on the Destination Folder Access Denied
- You can now Close the Windows Explorer
- If you then Click the Start Menu followed by
All Programs you should see you application
entry back where it originally was.
Fig: 60-8 Application now
shows on the All Programs Menu