Windows 7: How To Display Downloads on the Start Menu


Windows 7 puts all your downloads into your Downloads directory, so why not add the Downloads option to your Start menu? Here’s how.

Pelican Rapids, MN: If you use the Start menu a lot in Windows 7, you ought to trick it out and give it even more options. Here’s how to add the Downloads link to the Windows 7 Start menu.

Download isn’t on the default Windows 7 Start Menu.


To add Downloads to Start,  right click the Start menu. Select Properties.


This opens the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window. The Start Menu tab is already open by default. Click Customize.


Scroll down to Downloads and select Display as a Link.

Hit OK.


To close out of  the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window, click OK.


Now click on Start to open the Start menu and you’ll see the Downloads link — listed right under Music.


It’s nice to have easier access to the Downloads directory from the Start menu, especially considering that anything you download goes in there.

This is first in a series I’m doing on customizing the Windows Start menu. Stay tuned.

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