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Easy Start Menu Organizer 3.0 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Easy Start Menu Organizer 3.0

Easy Start Menu Organizer is a tool for arranging and removing start menu items.
$12.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 60 (16%) 318 (84%) 42 comments

Easy Start Menu Organizer 3.0 was available as a giveaway on February 6, 2010!

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Easy Start Menu Organizer is a tool for arranging and removing start menu items with ease. The software makes it easy to sort applications into target groups. The software also allows copying and deletion of application icons from the start menu. Arrange start menu alphabetically and group folders. All this saves your time and helps you to keep your business in good order!


  • Drag and drop arranging of start menu.
  • Group copy and paste of start menu icons.
  • Search start menu.
  • Validate and repair start menu entries.
  • Alphabetize start menu.
  • Easy creation of group folders.
  • Simple GUI.
  • Small size.
  • Fast loading of all menu items.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0


Zards Software



File Size:

1.46 MB



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@40 BuBBy

Well yes, it can - just as you can dig a swimming pool with a spoon - if you enjoy pain. But I avoid win explorer like the plague as it is so frustratingly inefficient! That is why I didn't mention it.

I actually very rarely use the start menu directly at all. I put a few custom toolbars plus the quick launch toolbar in a 1.5" wide strip on the left side of my screen. I can put over a hundred icons in the top two-thirds - leaving room for 20 icons each in the system tray and taskbar. In essence, I store all my links and link folders in the start menu but access them almost exclusively via the toolbars.

With ZTree I can access/sort (by name, date, size, group)/view/rename/delete/etc links from any one or all of the possible link locations in one pane at once (as well as create links - or groups of links - from the application/source files themselves), and move/copy/comprare/archive/etc any subset of them to any other location I desire. And, for anything I do frequently, I can easily create a ZTree macro or batch file to script to do it automatically.

That just scratches the surface of its capabilities. Win Explorer just isn't even in the same ballpark as Ztree. Q-Dir & Xplorer2 also have far more capabilities than Explorer but ZTree is indispensable for me. Try it, you may like it!

Reply   |   Comment by Art Kns  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

msconfig does NOT fix a sloppy start menu people. It is for your startup programs.
A free alternative to this would be to 'open all users' by right clicking the start menu icon, then click the Programs folder to open it, and then make your own folders and move the programs into whatever order makes sense to you.
Installing more software to do this is silly.

Reply   |   Comment by Danny McCormick  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@39 Art Kns,

How ironic that you would recommend several tools to organize your start menu other than Windows Explorer.

Surely "Any file management program can move them around, rename them, (re)organize them in folders, whatever".

Even Windows Explorer? ;)

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Sheesh. Start menu / desktop links are simply files in a few specific directories (folders). Any file management program can move them around, rename them, (re)organize then in folders, whatever. To install a separate app to manage just these specific files seems a waste of resources and just adds to clutter. And there are lots of file management apps available (many free), that are much, much better than Win Explorer. For example:

Xplorer2 (free) http://www.zabkat.com/x2lite.htm
Q-Dir (free) http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/Q-Dir
Ztree (SW) http://www.Ztree.com

Although Ztree is not free (30 trial), it is by far, the most powerful and useful file manager and power tool in existence.

Reply   |   Comment by Art Kns  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Another vote here for using Vista Start Menu instead of this one. Been using VSM Pro for years and am very happy with it. It has a free and Pro version.

Reply   |   Comment by DownTheShore  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Oops!!! Nevermind...I misunderstood what this is. DOH!!! I read someone else's comment who must've also misunderstood and it mislead me too! I'm just not with it today. :P

Reply   |   Comment by SloppyGoat  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I prefer Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel myself. It's always been free and you can get it at the link below. It's nice because it shows all areas where startup items can be placed. MSConfig may hide a few things, and you don't have to deal with that annoying warning when you reboot. You can also add startup items to run in anyway you like...not just in the startup folder. It will add or remove them directly to the registry. Nice simple little utility that requires no installation.


Reply   |   Comment by SloppyGoat  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

It's possible to do (almost) all this via the explorer.exe and drag and drop in start menu is already a function.

Win 7 (vista?):
C:\Users\**username here**\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\**Username here**\Start Menu\Programs

assuming C:\ is your primary drive

You may need show hidden files and folders enabled, not sure.

Reply   |   Comment by Chronopie  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Hi, I also did not get the program to register even though I followed the "read me" file exactly. Yes, I did run as "Administator," but it still shows as a unregistered copy. I've never had a problem before with any of the programs. I guess I'll uninstall it and try to run the "Activate" first, even though you said to run the "Setup" first in the "read me" file.

Reply   |   Comment by IamaDreamer  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Installed easily but never registered on Vista Ultimate 64 bit.

Tried different combinations to attempt registration, running in both Admin and regular user:

Ran setup first, closed before running program, ran Activate. Didn't Register....uninstalled.
Ran Activate first, then ran setup...closed setup without running program....rechecked. Didn't Register....uninstalled.
Ran in Admin mode for both setup and activate....closed setup without running program....rechecked again. Didn't register.....uninstalled.
Ran Admin activating first, then ran setup, closed without running program....rechecked again. Didn't register.....uninstalling for the last time.

Usually it's rather easy to install software. If one trick doesn't work you try the next. However after several attempts and still no registration, it's a complete waste of time to continue.

If one needs to find a combination to install and activate such a simple non important program it's far from worth it....free or pay. I WOULD NOT pay anything......zero, zip, nada for this. I would also not recommend it to anyone I know.

To the developer of this app....

You need to go back to the development stage and redo/rethink this app. With all the different freeware apps available that has much better features as well as installs and runs correctly....this is a bottom of the basket piece of software..

You are pushing off bad work and a bad app. This not only makes you look bad but the company as a whole. Also......If you can't get it to work properly on old Windows systems.....let alone newer ones.....it's time you rethink what you're doing.

Reply   |   Comment by Orchid  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Same problem as #24 on my Asus P4S533 (1.4 Ghz, 2 GB) under Windows XP SP3. Oddly, the program works properly on my Dell Latitude E5500 (2.8 Ghz, 4 GB) under the same OS. Both machines carry roughly the same software.

Reply   |   Comment by William W. Geertsema  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

It is possible, for those of you who understand how this works and how it compares with other similar programs or utilities in your OS, that you don't need this program. For me, particularly since I was invaded by malware that wiped out all the programs, accessories, etc. in my start menu, this is the answer to a prayer. Using drag and drop in windows explorer was a drag. I plan to give it many chances.

Reply   |   Comment by Billie Gray  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Don't see the need for this type of program. I've "organized" my start menu for years; just right click on Start (or All Programs), choose Open All Users, then open the Programs folder and create your own folders (I have Utilities, Media, Graphics, Misc, etc.) and drag your programs into the appropriate folders. Close this folder; open Start Menu and there you have it....all nice and organized. You can sort by alphabet too.

Reply   |   Comment by mizdoc  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

That'll teach me to proof read before posting!

Reply   |   Comment by Mr Buckingham  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Won't be trying today's giveaway, partly based on the comments here, but also because I'm happy and comfortable with my current method.

For my most accessed folders, I use Direct Folders (http://www.codesector.com/directfolders.php). I hate it when I have to work on any PC without it.

For program and file shortcuts, I use FSL Launcher (http://fsl.sytes.net). Whilst not exactly a start menu, it achieving much the same thing. Mine's sat in the system tray. One click and I have a categorised tabbed window, with program and file shortcuts under each tab. There's a free version - or you can make a donation and get a few extra bits. Works a charm for me.

Both progs are in that "you'll either love them or hate them" category, but I guess you'll only which camp you're in if you give them a try..


Reply   |   Comment by Mr Buckingham  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

The program installed fine on Win7. But the activation didn't work.

Tried running the activation as Administrator... it didn't work.
Tried running the activation with XP compatibility... it didn't work

Tried the program anyway...
it sux. What's the point of using it when you can start explorer by right clicking on the start-button and get the "all programs" folder directly through explorer.

Useless app. Sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by Marcus  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Use explorer, look for documents and settings on the main drive, select the user and open start menu. Then you can drag untill you drop to every other user you have and make folders for submenu's and so on. So I realy can't see the point off this programme.

Reply   |   Comment by Joop  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

But it's extremely simple in Windows too! In your programs submenu, double click on any folder. This will open that in an explorer window. Then click the 'up level' arrow and you will be at either

"C:\Documents and Settings\\Start Menu\Programs"
"C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs"
(Feel free to just copy and paste those into an explorer window if you'd like. That works too, just put your user name where it belongs.)

By doing this with one program installed for all users and one installed for a single user you can have both these windows open side by side. Then you can rename and make new folders and sort and organize to your heart's content without any trouble at all! Delete what you want, group what you want... It's easy, and you don't have to install anything to do it!

For those of you who say it's too difficult to do using windows alone, try it again. Honestly, it's a piece of cake. And it's one less program for you to install. That's what got you here in the first place, isn't it?

Reply   |   Comment by theoneandonlyjh  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Uninstalled it after it kept crashing and crashing and crashing in XP.

Reply   |   Comment by Cecilieaux Bois de Murier  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

My pc's os is vista. Gotd's comfirmation page indicates successful activation,but program comes up as 'unregistered version',expiring in six months. Don't need this kind of aggravation from what would have been a marginally useful bit of software anyway. Thank heavens for Revo.

Reply   |   Comment by ds5929  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Doesn't say it's compatible with 7, &/or any 64 bit versions of Windows. When you run Activate.exe, the key is entered in HKLM, so Activate needs to be run as admin on many systems (particularly Vista/7). With many GOTD apps, Activate puts registry keys in both 32 bit & 64 bit locations -- this time it didn't, leading me to wonder if Easy Start Menu Organizer is 64 bit Windows compatible [Hopefully if someone gets it working in Vista &/or 7 64 bit they'll post a comment]. Once activated Easy Start Menu Organizer does not show it's registered/licensed in the "About" window, & the registration dialog doesn't give you any hints -- some GOTD apps have the registration dialog grayed &/or filled in with the name & key. This will leave some GOTD visitors/users wondering if activation was successful.

When you run Easy Start Menu Organizer, it opens what looks like a customized view of Window's Explorer -- clicking the toolbar button for All Users or a [User Account/Profile Name] takes you to the folder where those shortcuts are stored. While it seems to lag a bit, I'd imagine some folks will/would find it useful rather than having to remember where those start menu folders are etc. Problem with marketing an app like this is that those folks most inclined to have an organized Start Menu, already do. And I don't know that you can expect those with a lot of Start Menu clutter, to go to the trouble of installing an app to help them fix something they don't think is broken. All that leaves is people who, like BuBBy, have put it off, & to entice them you have to somehow make it the task a LOT faster & easier -- I don't think Easy Start Menu Organizer does.

The main alternative AFAIK is just drag/drop shortcuts where you want them in the Start Menu. Or in XP for example you can click on the Start Button -> right click All Programs -> click either "Explore All Users" or "Explore". Vista/7 have similar *tricks* -- you can find that sort of thing at tip sites, at Microsoft's site (on Windows pages), in Windows Help, or just by playing around in Windows. That said, particularly in 7, opening Start Menu locations in Windows' Explorer is mainly good for adding new shortcuts &/or folders -- between misbehaving app installs & app compatibility you can have too many Start Menu locations... in 7 64 I just checked & I have 6, & that's with a single user acct. I'm Not going to check all 6 every time I want to move an install-created shortcut into a folder to organize things, so drag/drop on the Start Menu itself [for me at least] is the only way to go.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Thank you Decimae (#14) This is an easy and fun way to manage the start menu!

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#2--I'm a procrastinator too, and I'm even more convinced that I can do without today's offering even though I have so many programs installed that I can't even see them all at one time anymore in Windows XP pro. Of course, it helps that Ashraf's cons list is longer than pro list! Seriously, if it would help me regroup the Paragon progs into one line and the same for Easeus and a few others, I might decide to give a try.

Reply   |   Comment by computersexplore  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Nice idea, but on several occasions when trying to rename a new folder under start menu's "my program" list, the program shows an error message box which can not be dismissed clicking the OK button... It hangs the program requiring a three finger salute to get out of hung program.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

If you want a real program that lives up to what it claims and is far superior to anything else left by other users, visit:
http://www.vistastartmenu.com/index.html and check out the PRO version (same dev as Tidy but more feature rich). If you do learn how to use it properly, the speed at which you can open programs is incredible (keyboard shortcuts that are grouped to open programs with a few presses of a key).

Reply   |   Comment by One Nut  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

not installed in vista, not registred????

Reply   |   Comment by Tejinder Singh  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

@10, I can only speak for the Vista system, but if you want to modify all users and you are an administrator, then right click the start menu and select "Explore All Users". This action opens a windows explorer window to "Programs", which is the folder location for the all users start menu shortcuts. You can manage the shortcuts from there.

It is still painful moving things around this way when the UAC is active because of all the "confirm move" dialogs; but it isn't really that difficult, just annoying.

I did give today's download a try just to see what it offered. I think that in function it does simplify the process of managing the start menu shortcuts and folders, but for me, it doesn't offer enough added value to go out and purchase the utility.

Reply   |   Comment by spooky  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

If you miss today's giveaway, I am using in combination... Launchy & Fences — on Windows 7 ! Links to the free apps:



Reply   |   Comment by what's on the menu  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Most of these features can be easily achieved in windows, as said before. Though what I've heard here is that it's hard to for all users/windows vista/7. That's not true.
Windows xp
Right click start, then click "Explore" or "Explore all users"(from my memory, so I'm not sure).
Windows 7/vista
Click start, right click all programs, click "Open" or "Open All users".

Reply   |   Comment by Decimae  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Those claiming that this is a built-in function of windows have evidently never really used windows for this.

The REASON that this category exits (and yes, it IS a category with this and Tidy Start Menu http://www.tidystartmenu.com/index.shtml) is that windows makes it darned difficult to move items that are installed for "all users". Hence the need for this category.

This is easier than Tidy Start Menu and it's probably a better choice, IMHO.

Reply   |   Comment by red  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@#3, Lokesh...


comment #60: "Although we can do most of the things which this small software does if we know the windows well. The ONE thing which I really appreciated is to Validate and repair start menu entries.

This feature makes it really a very useful tool.."

i guess you did know?...

@#4, NYB...


comment #57:
"Just one thing that make it very stupid : this program does not know how to show ALL THE CONTENT OF Start Menu. It will show my personnal shortcuts, or “all users” shotcuts. How am I supposed to arrange all this with 2 or more separate lists ?"

prior giveaway: August 21, 2008

guess you have been looking for this type of program for a very long time?...

as caulbox said at comment #16 that day...Zards Software responded to comments made during the giveaway before that by adding features that were suggested...

i'll be following the lead of caulbox from the last giveaway: "Whilst it undoubtedly remains a simple little app, what I observe makes me want to reciprocate some effort, and give this software developer a chance, by at least trying out this improved version."

so i'm in a foul mood at almost 5am...vote me down while i enjoy the latest free offering...

thank you Zards Software & GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Violet4714  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Does it supports uninstall?
I.e. - does it correctly delete moved shortcuts on application uninstallation?

(IMHO that can be the only reason for such program)

Reply   |   Comment by Pavel Severov  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Seemed to install OK on Windows7, but impossible to get it to register.
Tried to install as administrator, but same problem. When starting the program, I am informed this is a trial-version, and I have until march 8th to try it for free.

The actual use of the program is about as expected. Better than using Windows Explorer, but not much.

I have tried to organize my start menus before, and when I upgrade, sometimes the upgraded programs place themselves in the root of my start menu. This resulting in my having two entries, one in the root and one neatly in the folder where I want it.
Using Easy Start Menu organizer to correct this "error" confuses the program. Instead of informing me there is allready an item with the same name in that folder, do I want to keep/delete it, it goes on a loop. Annoying, but in the end, the program shows two similar items in the start-menu.
The actual start-menu only has the program once, so it seems to get the job done, albeit it has a curious way of getting there.

- Does not seem to activate in Windows7
- It works a little bit better than Windows explorer for the advertised task
- Seems like the program still have a few bugs (but in fairness, this COULD be because I am running Windows7)

Thumbs down on this one.

Reply   |   Comment by spredo  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

You can do all this in Windows without the need for extra software eg msconfig.
For those that don't know how then this could be good for them

Reply   |   Comment by William  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Installed OK under Windows 7 and would browse to the all users start menu but when attempting to open the start menu under my profile it crashed the program. Uninstalled the program.
I'll stick with my preferred method of drag and drop folders from all users start menu into my profile start menu, and it's made easier by adding these locations into my Favorites.

Reply   |   Comment by Carrot Muncher  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

No, wont be needing this with W7.. Besides i have created an alternative customised Start Menu of my own and Placed in the TaskBar via 'new toolbar'. I doubt many users would see the need for this..Now if we were talking Generic Explorer..

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Grenfell  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)


It's back to minesweeper for you. :P

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)


NOT attempted to look at this prog.

Why Not?


Thanks GAOTD but not for me this time.

Reply   |   Comment by rizla01  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-27)

I have MANY programs installed, and I'm looking for this kind of programs for a long time. This one should be nice, but it is in fact very unstable, and the diff. accounts are not managed together.
More complicated that just plain Windows explorer, confusig. Thumb down.

Reply   |   Comment by NYB  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Oh My God ! ! !
I really did not know that there is a software for organizing Start Menu and which is Priced at $13.

The fixing of Broken Shortcuts is done by many of the system utility software which have been given free in previous giveaways.

But still it is useful for the people who do not fluent with the mouse movements and also for the people who use laptops where drag-drop and move is a bit buggy..

Reply   |   Comment by Lokesh  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-27)

I would have questioned the need for such a program - until I saw someone who had hundreds of items in the first level of their start menu (ahem... a friend of mine). For such a person a tool to perhaps assist in directing the contents of the start menu into a place of structure and order, might be appreciated.

But I'm not convinced that this would be the program or direction I would take - it seems all the "Start Menu Organizers" take this path - of categories, then break down from that level.

There are others who have developed similar programs - for example:

SMOz http://smoz.sourceforge.net/

and the organizer that forms a part of Winstep Extreme (has both a free and $$$ version)
Winstep Start Menu Organizer http://www.winstep.net/index.asp?cat=organizer

Yes - you can do all of this with windows explorer (there are no medals for organizing your menu this way - and claims that you are somehow better because you can, might only mean that your task isn't as big as somebody elses) - but the point here is obviously enough people feel that while you can dig a hole for a swimming pool with a broken tree branch (I'm being generous to Windows Explorer here), some want a shovel or something even more industrial.

Windows also comes with a disk defrag program - yet lots of people go out and choose their own because the "windows way" doesn't meet their needs. I think that was the idea behind these start menu organisers... someone doing this task using explorer has thought - there has to be a better/faster way to do this.

I'm undecided - perhaps I could use software like this, but being the procrastinator I am - any task as big as my start menu (or cleaning up my hard drives) can wait a bit longer.

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+72)

The Good
* Straightforward and easy to use.
* Allows users to easily go between "All Users" and current user's start menu entries.
* Has a feature to search the start menu.
* Has a start menu "shortcut validator".
* Comes with a few simple start menu tweaks, like change menu speed, hide menu button, etc.

The Bad
* Most of the things done by Easy Start Menu Organizer can be done very easily in Windows natively - no need for third party software.
* The "shortcut validator" does not work properly.
* The "hide taskbar" feature does not properly hide the taskbar.
* The "hide clock" feature hides the clock but still leaves an empty spot where the clock used to be.
* The search feature is a bit laggy.
* When navigating start menu entries, the entry you have your cursor over is automatically highlighted - this is very annoying.
* If you accidentally try to rename the main start menu directory, Easy Start Menu Organizer will bug out on you.

Free Alternatives
Tidy Start Menu

For final verdict, recommendations, and full review please click here.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+159)
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