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How to Customize Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows has been known for its Start menu and the good old start button for ages. But in the latest variant of Windows, Windows 8, it dropped a bombshell on its users and came out with a full fledged start screen for tablet support. Also, the start button was missing, the power option was gone, and everyone was in a state of panic or confusion about what they were dealing with.

ContentsChanging the LookPinting Library Folders to the Start MenuPinting Windows Settings to the Start MenuRecovering the Start ScreenGrouping TilesConclusion

Windows 8.1 brought back the Start button, but the Start screen was still annoying for desktop and laptop users. With Windows 10, Microsoft understood that users want flexibility. Few would prefer the full-fledged start screen, while others might like the simple menu. The Windows 10 Start screen has undergone many changes in the beta itself and we finally have a polished product with amazing customization options.

So let's see some of these customization options that we can get in the Windows 10 Start menu.

Change the look

Compared to Windows 7 and 8.1, the Windows 10 Start menu is highly customizable. You can resize it, change colors, and group tiles as you like. You can resize it directly using the resize option by using the mouse on the edges of the tiles. It can be expanded leaving only 30% of the real estate on either side. If you want to take it a step further, just enable the Fill Screen Start Menu which we will see later.

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Start menu color can be changed from Custom> Colors . Any color you choose here will carry over as the Start menu color with tiles that don't support live update. There is no option to color the tiles separately and only one solid color is allowed as with the last update. There is an option to automatically choose colors based on the background, if you are feeling lazy.

How to Customize Windows 10 Start Menu

Cool Tip: Learn how to give color to the prominent white title bar in Windows 10.

Pin library folders to start menu

Windows 7 allowed access to a few folders directly from the Start menu such as Video, Downloads andPictures . These folders are not added to the Windows 10 Start menu by default. You have the Settings and File Explorer only by default in the Start menu. But there is enough space to hold a few of the commonly used folders. The option to add these folders can be found in Windows' Settings .

To add the folders, right click on the desktop and choose the Personalize option. Here, go to the Start section and click on the option Choose the folders that appear on Start .

How to Customize Windows 10 Start Menu

Now all you have to do is toggle the switch on the items you want to add.

How to Customize Windows 10 Start Menu

The thing to note here is that the more folders you add to the Start menu, the more frequently used items will be removed. But again, this will depend on how much room there is for the icons, and if your Start menu is large enough, you won't lose anything.

How to Customize Windows 10 Start Menu

Pin Windows Settings to start menu

Just like frequently used folders, you can also pin frequently changed settings. In the early days with Windows 10, you'll find yourself tweaking a lot of settings and pinning them to the menu could help a lot. To pin a specific Windows modern setting, open the one you need, just right-click on it and select the Pin to start option .

How to Customize Windows 10 Start Menu

These settings will not appear in the main Start menu (the section on the left) but they will be added as a tile on the right. Similarly, you can also add the traditional Control Panel settings by the same right-click> Pin to Start optional.

How to Customize Windows 10 Start Menu

Recover the start-up screen

If you're a fan of Windows 8's full-screen Start Screen, or want to use the full-screen view on a tablet, that can be done too. Right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize . Here, navigate to the Start the option and select the option Use Full Screen Start .

How to Customize Windows 10 Start Menu

That's it, you will get your Windows 8 back as your startup screen. But you can still use all the left sidebar options.

How to Customize Windows 10 Start Menu

Group tiles

If you want to group similar tiles together, like games and settings, you can do so using a simple drag and drop. After adding tiles to the menu, click and drag them to the bottom of the Start menu. At the very end, you will see a horizontal separator that will only appear when you are at the bottom edge of the Start menu.

How to Customize Windows 10 Start Menu

Drop the tile there and it will be added as a new group. You can then rename the group and add more tiles to it.


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