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ValliStart

A start menu to replace the un-customizable one that you have right now.
ValliStart is a start menu replacement for Windows, with full customizability, interchangeable modules and more.
More: Github repo

Media player

This module will retrieve and display media metadata. You can learn how to set it up here.

Positioning

This module automatically positions itself. You can learn how to change the positioning here.

Weather info

This module can display weather information. You can learn how to set it up here.

Activation

ValliStart can be activated in multiple ways:

Replacing the native windows button and key

You can launch ValliStart just like the start menu with the Win Key. Additionally, you can replace the windows button by:

Creating a pseudo start button with core

  1. 1.
    Navigate to JaxCore -> ValliStart -> General -> Setting: Customize how to activate ValliStart and turn on override start button.
  2. 2.
    Select a start orb name. The default is Win11. You can choose another one / add your own one in the orbs directory, and entering another start orb name.
  3. 3.
    Press the Create button above
  4. 4.
    Core should popup the explorer with shortcut ValliStart.lnk inside
  5. 5.
    Drag the shortcut to the taskbar
  6. 6.
    Now you have a pseudo start button on the taskbar!
  7. 7.
    If you want to remove the stock start button: You can use StartKiller for Win10. There are no known ways of doing so on Windows 11.

Using ValliStart's WinBlock function to create an overlay which overlaps the start button on your taskbar

  1. 1.
    Navigate to JaxCore -> ValliStart -> General -> Setting: Customize how to activate ValliStart and turn on override start button.
  2. 2.
    Toggle Setting: Display WinBlock element (legacy) on
  3. 3.
    Switch Setting: Win block behavior to edit
  4. 4.
    Drag the winblocker to desired location
  5. 5.
    Switch Setting: Win block behavior to functional

Using a separate hotkey

You can also launch ValliStart with the hotkey of your choice. This does not support overriding the displayed window button on your taskbar.
  1. 1.
    Navigate to JaxCore -> ValliStart -> General -> Setting: How should ValliStart behave? and switch the option to Separate module
  2. 2.
    Change Setting: Activation Hotkeyto your desired hotkey

Customization

ValliStart modules

An empty module
You can fully customize ValliStart's modules in ValliStart's module settings.
Arrow icon / clicking on the image would allow you to select a module from 4 categories.
Cross icon would empty the module slot
Cog icon would show the settings for that module slot

ValliStart layouts

Layouts are pre-made set of ValliStart modules which you can apply instantly.

ValliStart shortcuts

The shortcut module
What the shortcut modules looks like by default
Different shortcut styles
After applying the shortcuts module, click on the top right icon in ValliStart to change or add new shortcuts.
You can customize the appearance of the shortcuts by clicking on the cog icon in the shortcuts editor, and choosing 1 of the 3 styles. The default is Win11.