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Handy Start Menu 1.98

Create a faster, properly organised Start menu - automatically

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 24 June 2015
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Downloads To Date: 2005
Developer: ChemTable Software
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Handy Start Menu
Create a faster, properly organised Start menu - automatically

Handy Start Menu is a clever utility that optimises cluttered Startup menus and makes it quicker to access your programs.

The program replaces the standard All Programs menu with its own version, where your apps are organised into categories like "Fun and Games", "Utilities", "Internet" and "Security". We've seen similar programs before, but they've always forced you to set up these categories all on your own: Handy Start Menu does it automatically, and well, recognising and organising 78 apps on our test PC, leaving only 20 to be rearranged manually.

And that's not all. When you browse to a program menu that contains a single option,Handy Start Menu doesn't force you to open it, then click on the shortcut. Just open the menu and it'll launch the program automatically, saving you even more time.

If there's a small down side here it's that you need to have the Handy Start Menu process running in the background. But it only consumes around 16MB of RAM, so it's not exactly going to slow you down.

And a notable plus point is the program doesn't interfere with your regular Start Menu in any other way, so it's not going to cause any problems or conflicts. Even if you do have any issues with the program, it can be disabled in a click and your regular Start Menu will return immediately.

Verdict:

Simple and safe, Handy Start Menu does a good job of organising your Start Menu and speeding up navigation and program launches

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.5

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
• Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls 
• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

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