DeskMenu – Access Desktop Items The Easy Way

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Desk Menu is a light-weight and simple utility which sits in the system tray and  provides you faster access to your desktop shortcuts and items. There is no need to minimize all opened windows only to access the contents on the desktop.

The working of this tool is very simple, you will find its icon located in the system tray.

Desk MenuBy clicking the icon you will see the list of all your desktop items, click to open the item of your choice. It’s that simple!

Desk Menu Desktop

Download Desk Menu [Locate the download link for this tool at the end of the page]

Apart from Windows 7, it also works on Windows XP and Windows Vista.

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  • You can achieve something very similar by right-clicking the taskbar, going to Toolbars, and clicking Desktop. Resize the resulting toolbar to the smallest possible size, and then click the arrows button.

    Takes up a little more room, but no extra software needed and has the added bonus that you can drill down into subfolders.

    • heterodox

      I’ve tried that, and I hate it. It takes up too much room on the task bar, the actual button you click is too small, and I hate the menu that appears. I have a ton of horizontal space on my screen, but that stupid menu doesn’t use it, preferring to force me to scroll vertically (after hovering the cursor over the miniscule down arrow) to access the menu contents. I find it quite aggravating.

  • why bother if you can add shourtcut keys to desktop items. RIght click a desktop item then look for “Shortcut key”

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      Add shortcut keys to desktop shortcuts? Wow. I can’t believe the advice people give. I have 85 shortcuts on my desktop–shall I add a shortcut key to all of them? Wow.

    • clbrown

      Maybe this is a good “solution” for how you, personally, work. But the whole point of a “personal computer” is that it’s PERSONAL. We all work in different ways, and the way we set up our computer will be similarly “personal.”

      Microsoft forgets this every few years, and ends up needing to be reminded again. Giving people OPTIONS… that’s a GOOD THING. Forcing one particular approach on everyone? That’s a VERY VERY BAD THING.

      In your case, it seems like keyboard shortcuts might be just what you need. So, it’s there for you to use.

      For others, the little “taskbar right hand bar” that shows the desktop might be their preferred tool. (Of course, this interrupts your view of what you’re doing at the time, but it can be handy sometimes).

      But for me… I have been using Deskmenu since Windows 95, and having the TOOL I KNOW BEST AND LIKE USING THE MOST back, available for the system I have today, makes my PERSONAL USE of MY PERSONALLY OWNED PERSONAL COMPUTER far, far more satisfying.

      I have a “classic start menu” application as well… and a “classic search” utility…because, frankly, some of the “new and improved” stuff which we’ve been told we have to make use of makes DOING WHAT I WANT TO DO TODAY far, far more difficult.

      It’s not a matter of “learning the new approach.” The simple fact is, the “new approach” isn’t perfect. “One size fits all” is a really, really bad idea.

      For me… yes, I know that I can do the “show all programs” thing to see a normal “start menu” in Win7… but that’s one more mouse-click, every single time I want to access a well-organized list of everything I might want to run. I have THOUSANDS (literally) of “shortcuts” in my “start menu”… organized by major category, then subcategory, then program, and within that, there are almost always at least a “document and links” subfolder and a “utilities” subfolder.” Major categories include “accessories” (which includes system tools and also general utility programs), “audio and video,” “communications,” “productivity,” “recreation,” “reference,” and of course “startups.” I can, with a very small number of clicks, reach any of my thousands of individual items, because theyr’e WELL ORGANIZED. So… I have a utility which gives me what Microsoft should have given me BY DEFAULT…a “normal start menu” which I can, on demand, switch over to the “new style menu” with a single click, if desired.

      The “new search” function is a nice OPTION… but when, for example, I KNOW that a file is in a spot, and the new “Windows search” tells me that it’s not there (because someone at Microsoft thinks that this is something I “don’t need to see” apparently)… it’s a pain. And sometimes I want to do a search for things created with a specific file extension during a specific date range. All this was easy with the “old search” but is difficult or even “impossible” with the “new and improved search.”

      Again… it’s OPTIONS. Add the “new search” as a FEATURE, but don’t remove the old functionaity and FORCE US TO COMPLY. Eventually, if people prefer the new, you can deprecate the old… but more likely, the new and the old will converge into something better than either is on it’s own.

      So… for those who don’t understand why you’d want this… that’s just fine. You don’t need to use it. You can work any way you want to work, on your own PERSONAL COMPUTER, for your own personal purposes.

      But please, remember… your way of doing things isn’t something I, personally, should be forced to conform to. This tool, while maybe not something you see a use for in your own personal life, is very beneficial to me, and clearly to others.

      Microsoft has gone down this path several times… “forcing” the end-user to “modernize” (often causing more problems than the “modernization” addresses). They seem to work in cycles… “we understand our place in the market” (Win3.11, Win98SE, WInXPSP2)… and “we think we can force the market to conform to what we want them to conform to” (WinME, Vista, Win8).

      The funny thing is seeing them claim that something is “impossible” (such as having a traditional start menu, rather than the horrific “metro” thing, in Win8) and then seeing REAL PROGRAMMERS make it happen within a matter of days.

      A shell is just a shell… it should be as configurable as possible.

      • David

        Damn right.

    • heterodox

      So, I should add shortcut keys to all 60 of my desktop shortcuts? And what about documents, etc. on the desktop?