If you don’t like using third-party utilities to create a Start Menu, Windows 8 has a built-in solution that doesn’t give you the familiar Start orb, but does pop-up a menu with all your shortcuts when you click on the taskbar. Simply by creating a custom toolbar and assigning it to the right folder, you can attach this new menu to the right side of your taskbar.
1. Right click on the taskbar and select New Toolbar from the Toolbar menu. A dialog box appears and asks you to choose a folder.
2. Navigate to C:\Users\MYUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\ Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs where MYUSERNAME is your actual username (ex: Angel) and C:\ is your system drive letter. Then click select folder. The Programs menu will appear on the right side of the taskbar, next to the tray.
3. Drag the border line to the left to make the toolbar bigger if you want to make it larger.
4. Select “lock the taskbar” after right clicking on the taskbar to prevent the toolbar from being inadvertently dragged around.
However, the toolbar will only show programs that get installed into the current user’s Start Menu/Programs folder. A few applications install into the default user’s Programs folder at C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft \Windows\Start Menu\Programs, but you’ll need to create a second toolbar if you want easy access to those shortcuts.