Adding the Administrative Tools Option to the Start Menu

by Barry Dysert
(last updated October 24, 2016)

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Administrative Tools are a collection of handy applications that you use frequently in the administration of your system. It saves a bit of time, therefore, to have these tools directly accessible from the Start menu. To enable this, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on Start to display a Context menu.
  2. Choose Properties from the Context menu. Windows displays the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Start Menu tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Start Menu tab of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.

  5. Click the Customize button. Windows displays the Customize Start Menu dialog box.
  6. Scroll down until you see the group that controls the System Administrative Tools. (See Figure 2.)
  7. Figure 2. The System Administrative Tools group of the Start menu.

  8. Click the middle radio button, and you enable the Administrative Tools link to appear on the Start menu.
  9. Click OK to close any open dialog boxes.

 This tip (12705) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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What is four less than 6?

2017-11-16 17:58:06

PFL

You may have to select the administrative tools option before pressing ENTER. Some other "adm" option might be the first option.
(see Figure 1 below)

Figure 1. 


2017-11-16 11:55:46

Ted Duke

The Administrative Tools can be accessed quite easily by clicking Windows icon and typing adm followed by the Enter key.

If Microsoft would stop "improving" everything with each update, these tips would be more useful. I was updated yesterday, Nov. 15,2017 and the control panel lists/access have apparently changed. FYI: I also, my changes and choice, don't have the usual big wide pop-up menu when I click on the Windows icon on the taskbar.


2017-11-15 13:12:50

Walter

That did it, thanks.


2017-11-14 09:31:37

Theodore J. Duke

1. Click the Windows 10 icon on taskbar and type adm.
2. Click Administrative Tools in the popup menu.


2017-11-13 14:16:33

Walter

Unfortunately this does not work on the new Windows 10 1709 update. There is no context menu option when you right click on the Windows Administrative Tools listing.


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