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Author Topic: NANY IDEA: Find start menu orphans  (Read 2443 times)

mouser

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NANY IDEA: Find start menu orphans
« on: November 22, 2019, 05:57 AM »
Here's my idea: A utility that scans a set of (user configurable) directories, to find executables (.exe) for which there is no matching start menu item.

Bonus feature: Show the list with checkboxes and offer ability to create shortcuts for the items in a special subdirectory of start menu.

This utility would be useful to find programs that aren't on your start menu for some reason, maybe because they were left over from an uninstall, or maybe one is scanning their own portable app directory that one would like to have added to the start menu.



Some subtleties to this app:

1. You will have to be smart about scanning and caching the start menu shortcuts.  That is, you will have to FIRST scan the MULTIPLE start menu folders, and parse all shortcuts found, and cache the paths in a datastructure that you can do fast string lookup on.
2. And only then start scanning the directories and looking up paths.

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Re: NANY IDEA: Find start menu orphans
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2019, 04:05 AM »
Isn't this will be reverse of FARR ?

I only use FARR and get .exe from both "Program files" and "Portable" folders to execute. Your suggestion is to make menu of the "Portable" folder and also those missing in "Program files".

Any reason for not using FARR ?

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Re: NANY IDEA: Find start menu orphans
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2019, 05:45 AM »
I envision totally different use case than FARR.
FARR is good for quickly finding something you know exists (by typing it's name).

I still use the Start Menu sometimes to browse to see what is installed on my computer.
And I think it can be helpful when the Start Menu is "complete"..

Plus I think searching for executables not in the start menu would turn up some occasional surprises, like executable tools that come with a program that you didn't know existed, or portable apps that you forgot about.

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Re: NANY IDEA: Find start menu orphans
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2019, 04:27 AM »
Plus I think searching for executables not in the start menu would turn up some occasional surprises, like executable tools that come with a program that you didn't know existed, or portable apps that you forgot about.
Hmm..this is very good point.  :Thmbsup:

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