Each of us has different needs when it comes to our computers. A great place to start customizing your computer experience is the Start menu. Windows 10 offers many personalization options to make the Start menu fit your workstyle and lifestyle.
Personalizing Your Windows 10 Menu
There are several ways to customize your Windows 10 Start menu, you have several options:
Resize your Start menu by clicking, holding, and dragging the top or right edge. Note that when you resize horizontally, you can adjust for up to four columns or down to one column. You can also choose to make your Start menu full screen. Turn this feature on by navigating to Settings > Personalization > Start.
Pinning and Unpinning
Remove a tile by right-clicking and selecting “Unpin from Start.” If you would like to add a tile for an app not currently pinned, start by locating it in the app list on the left. Right-click the desired app and choose “Pin to Start.”
Grouping Tiles into Folders
If you’ve upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can group your tiles into folders. Create a folder by clicking, holding, and dragging one tile on top of another. When you release the mouse, both tiles will be grouped into a folder together. Click, hold, and drag other tiles over the folder to add more. To remove tiles from a folder, click, hold, and drag the tile out of the folder onto the Start menu itself. Alternatively, you can unpin it from the Start menu.
Modifying Your App List
To customize Windows 10 further, head to Settings > Personalization > Start to make adjustments to what’s on your app list. You can choose to show or hide elements such as recently added apps, most used apps, and suggested apps. This is also where you’re able to select the specific folders you want to see on your Start menu all the time.
Become Even More Windows 10 Savvy!
Quick Windows 10 Tips
Prioritizing your most frequently used apps, organizing by the way you work, and resizing your menu to fit more items or increase visibility are just a few ways to customize Windows 10 and optimize your experience. Be sure to check out our other Windows 10 tips here:
- Windows 10: Managing Your Open Programs with Shortcut Keys
- Windows 10: Create Multiple Virtual Desktops With Task View
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