is there a way to add a quick filter to the start menu like in win7 and maybe
a single configurable hotkey to hook and focus it (~ being my choice). i
always find myself opening the regular start menu for this when i dont want to
mouse through a huge menu tree. much needed addition i think.
The one in Win7 is NOT a filter. It is a full-featured search functionality.
It will find even things that are not in the start menu.
I REALLY don't want to implement a full search functionality. Even just
searching the contents of the start menu is a huge task - add a box for
typing, perform search in background, update results in realtime, etc. Why not
use the Win7 menu with the cascading All Programs?
a full search is quite unnecessary in a start menu, i'm not sure why MS made
it this way.
however, a quickfliter is very useful and it doesnt seem a huge task to search
the start menu/control panel contents at all. PSmenu does this with blazing
speed, dynamic menu rebuilding is definitely a bit of a project, but once
again i think it's very important for productivity like code-completion in any
IDE or google's search box "suggestions"; live filters are an extremely
powerful alternative to iterative drill-downs (search within results) in small
datasets. a box for typing is perfectly suitable for something like this, it
belongs there. i would argue that even "run" doesnt need its own dialog box,
just make another box to type in with a run icon (maybe "run as")
I'm not saying it is impossible, just that it is A LOT of work, particularly
if you it to be skinnable.
There are also few available alternatives:
1) Use the Win7 menu with cascading All Programs
2) Use Classic Start Menu - http://www.classicstartmenu.com/index.html
3) Use Vista Start Menu - http://www.vistastartmenu.com/index.html (I think there is a free version)
So given the above, I have very little interest in such project. Sorry.
There's also a fantastic tiny clone called ViStart: http://lee-
Good news users. The latest Classic Shell version 3.9.0 has 100% lookalike of the Windows 7 Start Menu with full search integration. Basically, Classic Shell is now 2 different implementations of the Start Menu in 1 product. :)