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unorganized start menuAs a blogger and tech geek, I have found my start menu getting out of control from time to time due to all of the programs and applications that I download. SMOz is a great program that will help you easily organize your start menu and reduce your clutter.

SMOz is extremely easy to use and makes that start menu reorganization you’ve been wanting to do take just a few minutes.

SMOz comes with a default template that is good right out of the box. The default template has nine different categories and will automatically place some of the more common programs in places they should go (i.e. iTunes in Multimedia).

Programs that are not classified are left in an empty category and can be easily dragged to the destination of your choice.

smoz startThe beauty of SMOz is that you can fully customize these categories and easily add and remove programs from them.

Your changes are also not made until you apply them, so you can play around with it and make sure you get all of your categories just right.

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Here is the finished product after only a couple of minutes of work with SMOz.

Now, that is much more manageable.

organized start menu

It is a given that you are going to download more programs and applications in the future, and there is no need to worry as they will enter the Start Menu properly. All you need to do to organize new programs is open up SMOz and drag the new programs out of the empty category into the appropriate category.

(By) Kyle Judkins is a 24 year old marketer and part-time tech blogger. He is the author of Lost In Technology where he talks about some basic technology tips and tricks that everyone can use.

  1. Dexter
    October 17, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Ken is a retard. The program is very usefull, after all your changes you have to click "apply" to APPLY them...

  2. Ken
    June 6, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Lame program, I can do it manually myself. the software isn't even automatic.

  3. ned64
    June 2, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    what about launchy? or any of the windows alternatives to quicksilver. no need for start menu.

  4. Sean
    May 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    *Haaaaallelujah!* Great find!

  5. Kyle Judkins
    May 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    @Tina Thanks for the compliment!

    @Lethann That is a great tip and will aid me in my organization.

  6. Lethann
    May 30, 2008 at 9:46 am

    One hint: When you install something you often get the choice of where you want it installed in your start menu. I just keep my own ordered by having them directly installed into those sorted folders. Just add something like "Internet/" so it looks like "Internet/Mozilla Firefox" in the input box. By doing that, when you uninstall the program you don't have to go back and clean up your start menu, it already knows where you put the files in the start menu. However, that's only good to prevent it from being cluttered in the first place. Won't help you if you're start menu is already cluttered to begin with.

  7. Brad
    May 30, 2008 at 7:33 am

    I've been using Tidy Start Menu, which is similar, but an easier to use interface I think. The free version doesn't let you create additional categories but the default ones are more then enough for me.

  8. Tina
    May 30, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Wow, that's definitely a useful tool, thanks for the review Kyle!

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