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[Tip] ZTreeWin10 - Adding to Start Screen and request for larger icon   [Tip]

By: Andrew Watson     Perth, Western Australia  
Date: Jul 20,2015 at 23:38

In Windows 8.x I never bothered with the Start Screen but with the return of the Start Menu/Screen in Windows 10, that is due to be released in 8 days time on 29 July, I decided to investigate how to get ZTreeWin onto the Start Menu/Screen.

The underpinnings of the Start Menu never went away in Win 8.x. They were just hidden from the average user.

The links that used to be displayed in the Start Screen in Windows 7 and previous versions were created in either:

Current User:

C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

All Users:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

If you create a shortcut to ztw.exe, say ZTree, in either of these folders, the former is easier because there are security restrictions that have to be overcome on the latter, it will appear alphabetically in the All Apps left hand pane, scrolling list of the Start Menu/Screen.

If you call the shortcut ZTree it will appear at the bottom of the list which is a long way to scroll. If you call the shortcut !ZTree it will appear at the top of the list under &.

If you right click on the shortcut there are two options:

* Pin to Start

* Pin to taskbar (sic capitalisation) which is actually a lot easier for users to find/use.

If you right click on the ZTree shortcut in File Explorer and choose Properties, Change icon and navigate to to ztw.exe you can have the ZTree icon displayed in the Start Menu and on the Start Screen. Unfortunately, the icon is very small and doesn't fill the touch tile so it looks a bit wimpy.

Is it technically possible to include an icon in the ztw.exe file that could be selected that would fill the tile? If so, it would be nice to have.

Another Tip

Under Settings, Personalization, Start it is possible to have Use Start full screen enabled. I think this is a bad idea on a mouse driven PC and possibly on a touch screen tablet because by default you only see the touch tiles. At the top of the screen there is a hamburger menu button that displays the Most Used and Folders pane and at the bottom of the screen there is a bullets plus hamburger menu button (does anyone know what the official name for this style of button is?) that displays the All Apps pane. It's a long way to the top (if you wanna rock and roll - obscure AC/DC reference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyJYTIAb7vc) to move the mouse if you want to click the hamburger button.

If you don't have full screen enabled the Most Used and Folders pane is displayed by default and it's only a short mouse move to click the All Apps button.

YAT - Yet Another Tip

I would recommend that on Settings, Personalization, Start, Choose which folders appear on Start you select all folders.


Andrew Watson

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