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17 Jan

Root Folders v. Window 7 Support

With the addition of Jump Lists to the taskbar in Windows 7, I couldn’t pass up creating a new root folders solution to leverage this organization on the Start Menu. By combining WPF and .NET 4’s new Windows Shell APIs, the result was remarkably simple. I’ve included the source code in the archive below if you want to see the details.

To use the application:

  1. Download the RootFolders7.zip (22kB) archive and extract the contents to some location (C:\Program Files\RootFolders perhaps?)
  2. Right click RootFolders.exe and select “Pin to Start Menu”.
  3. On the start menu, you can hold shift and right click the shortcut to rename it to “Root Folders” (adding a space).
  4. Run the application to configure your root folder targets, then select File > Save Changes.

Here is the configuration application and the result:

Configuration

Presentation

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