Personalize Windows 10 Start Menu – 6 Things you need to know

Start menu is back in Windows 10, but did it change a lot compared to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1’s full screen Start? I can say that it is not a big change for those who have been using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, actually Windows 10 start menu is more of a combination of good elements carried over from Windows 7 and 8.1’s start menu. That’s the reason you will see programs list and also the live tiles.

Microsoft is not forcing you to use this start menu ‘as is’, so there is some kind of flexibility to personalize it to your taste if needed. If you are a fan of Windows 8.1 full screen start, you can set up Windows 10’s start that way. Apart from that you can add items and folders you want for quick access. Let’s start customizing Start menu – this is your ultimate guide to all you wanted to know about the Windows 10 Start menu.

1) Resize Start Menu

While in desktop mode, hover the mouse pointer over the edges of the Start menu and the resizing cursor appears using which you can drag and resize the start menu to whatever the size you want.

Resize Windows 10 Start Menu

Resize Windows 10 Start Menu

2) Full Screen Start Menu in Desktop Mode

If you prefer Windows 8.1 like full screen start menu even while in desktop mode, you can do that as well – Click on Action Center  icon on taskbar and go to All Settings.

All Settings

All Settings

Click on Personalization > Start and then turn on Use Start full screen. Start menu now becomes full screen and you will still see the taskbar in desktop mode.

Full Screen Start Menu

Full Screen Start Menu

3) Turn off most Used Apps from Start Menu

Windows 10 start menu displays recently used apps at the top left corner.

Most Used Apps

Most Used Apps

Though it is handy for many, some may feel otherwise and want to turn it off. Again go to Start personalization dialog box and turn off Show most used apps.

Turn off most used apps list

Turn off most used apps list

4) Rename Group Items on Start

By default settings, Windows 10 shows Life at a GlancePlay and explore group items on the start menu. You got option to rename it to whatever you want by clicking on the text, and you will see a edit cursor. You can create a new group by hovering the mouse over the orphan tiles or by taping on the double horizontal line.


Rename Start Menu Group Items

Rename Start Menu Group Items

5) Choose which Folders appear on Start menu

You will see File Explorer and Settings shortcuts on start menu by default settings.

Start Menu Folders

Start Menu Folders

However, you can change an include several other folders such as Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos etc.. To do that go to Action Center > All Settings > Personalization > Start and then click on Choose which folders appear on Start.

Choose Folders that appear on Start

Choose Folders that appear on Start

You can choose the items that you want to be displayed on Start.

Choose Folder that appear on Start menu

Choose Folder that appear on Start menu

6) Colorize Start Menu

And if you want to colorize Windows 10 start menu, you can do that too. Again head over to Personalization and click Colors. You can now turn off Automatically pick an accent color from my background for you to choose the color you want. You can also remove start menu transparency by toggling Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent to Off.

Colorize Windows 10 Start Menu

Colorize Windows 10 Start Menu

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.