Windows 10 for PC: Customizing the Start Menu
Windows 10 has finally brought back the Start menu; however, it is not child’s play as you may think. So, how do you get the most out of this ‘new’ addition?
When the Start menu was left out in Windows 8, many people hated Microsoft for the omission. This led to millions of people deciding against updating from Windows 7 to Windows 8, something that prompted Microsoft into rolling out Windows 8.1. However, the Windows 8.1 start button only opened up the full Start screen.
The current Start menu is quite different from what you are used to seeing in Windows 7 and older versions of Windows. There are additional Windows-style tile in addition to the usual Windows 7-style menu. There are a lot of customizations that can be done on this menu and here are some of the best ones available.
Changing the Start menu color
The inclusion of Cortana in Windows 10 has made things very interesting with this OS. You no longer need to do lots of things manually, for instance, opening the Start menu settings can be done by simply asking Cortana to open it. However, if the navigation is your thing, then there is more for you in the Colors tab under the personalization page. There is the option of letting Windows do the selection of colors based on the background wallpaper or make the selection manually.
Adding and removing app tiles
If you didn’t know, tiles could be used on both traditional and modern Windows apps. There is even an option of running the programs on the main Start menu as a different user. You can find any app in the all apps list and from here, right clicking on any will provide you with an option of pining it to the Start menu.
On the other hand, if you want to remove any tile from the Start menu, simply right-click on it and select “Unpin from Start.” There are other options that will let you resize the tile in a manner you want; be it small, wide, medium or large. There is even an option to turn off live updates for the tiles.
Resizing the tile area
The tile area of Windows 10 can easily be resized by dragging the right side border in and out. Depending on the size of your display screen, you can get a different number of tiles wide. It is also possible to have the Start menu take up the whole screen just like with the case of Windows 8. However, scrolling of tiles in Windows 10 is vertical as opposed to the horizontal scrolling in its predecessor.
If you want to remove the tile area entirely, you will first need to remove each tile and follow it by dragging the right edge inwards.
Change what appears on the Start menu
The default setting is that most used and recently installed applications are displayed in the top section. However, if you feel otherwise, you can have aspace instead. Simply uncheck the “Show most used apps” as well as the “Show recently added apps” options in the Personalization/Start page of the Settings app. Windows 10 also allows users to pick standard folders that they wish to be displayed on the Start menu, for instance, Music, Downloads, Documents and many more.