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.
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.
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.
3) Turn off most Used Apps from Start Menu
Windows 10 start menu displays recently used apps at the top left corner.
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.
4) Rename Group Items on Start
By default settings, Windows 10 shows Life at a Glance, Play 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.
5) Choose which Folders appear on Start menu
You will see File Explorer and Settings shortcuts on start menu by default settings.
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.
You can choose the items that you want to be displayed on Start.
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.