The Windows Vista Start Menu has come along way from its predecessor in Windows XP. Now you can search from the start menu and no longer have to navigate your way through the ‘All Programs’ list to get to the application you need. However, you may want to add more functionality to the Vista start menu. Learn, in this guide, how to add widgets and more to your start menu with Start++
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Customize Your Vista Start Menu with Start++
Start++ is an enhancement for the Start Menu in Windows Vista. It also extends the Run box and the command-line with customizable commands. For example, typing “w Windows Vista” will take you to the Windows Vista page on Wikipedia!
Advanced functions can work with search results, powered by Windows Vista’s integrated desktop search engine. For example, typing “play radiohead” will find all music that matches the query “radiohead”, compile the results into an .M3U file, and launch it in Windows Media Player.
This guide comes from the ‘Windows Vista – Customization Manual’ [Download a copy now]. The customization manual runs over the basics of customizing your Windows Vista machine to make it more personal. This guide is free of charge to all mintywhite.com readers.