Windows 10 Start Menu unlike the previous Windows versions . The basic concept is the same, as there is still an entry in the Start menu where you turn off your computer or access programs and system utilities. But Microsoft has added a new dimension to the Start menu with the addition of Windows Store apps and live tiles on the right side.

It’s actually the only side of the Start Menu that’s completely customizable. You can group apps and desktop programs into categories you create, or choose to only use Windows Store apps with live tiles to get information on the fly.

The instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.

Start menu customization

The first thing you can do is resize the start menu. By default, the start menu is a little wider, and most of us are not used to a narrower column of Windows 7 , Vista and XP .

If you prefer a column, resize.

  1. Select button » Start» .

  2. Hover your mouse over the far right side of the Start menu until it turns into a double arrow.

  3. When you see an arrow, click and drag it to the left. The Start menu will now have a more recognizable size.

Menu grouping

Microsoft launches Windows 10 with some default groups. You can leave it as it is, edit the names, change the apps, reorder the groups, or remove them entirely.

  1. Move group. Select the name of the group, and then drag to move the group to a new location on the Start menu.

    Screenshot of dragging group name
  2. To change the name of the application group, select the title. The title bar will turn into a text input field. Delete the current title, enter a new title and click Enter .

    Screenshot of task name changed
  3. To delete a group, you must delete all applications within it, and then it will be deleted automatically. Right click each application one by one and select » Detach from launch» .

    Screenshot of Unpin from launch

Adding Applications

There are two ways to add apps and desktop programs to the right side of the Start menu. The first way is drag and drop from the left side of the start menu. It could be from the Most Used section or from the All Apps list. Drag and drop is the ideal method for adding new apps and tiles because you can control which group an app is added to.

Another method is to right click on the application and select Pin to start from the context menu. When you do this, Windows will automatically add your program as a tile to a new group at the bottom of the Start menu. You can then move the tile to another group if you like.

Screenshot: Pin to Start

Live Tiles in the Start Menu

Any program you add to the Start menu appears as a tile, but only Windows Store apps can support the Live Tiles feature. Live Tiles display content from the app, such as news headlines, current weather, or the latest stock prices.

When choosing to add Windows Store apps on the start menu, it’s important to think about where to place live content tiles. If you like the idea of ​​using the Start menu to quickly check the weather, make sure you put this tile prominently on your Start menu.

You can even resize the tile if you want to make it more visible. To do this, right-click on the tile and select » Resize» in the context menu. You will have multiple size options including small, medium, wide, and large. Each size is not available for every tile, but you will see some variations of these options.

Screenshot of resizing in the start menu

The small size does not display any information, the medium size is suitable for many applications, and the large and wide sizes are fine if the application supports the live tiles feature.

If there is an application that you do not need to display in real time, right-click on it and select » Additionally» > » Turn off active tile» . These are the basics of the right side of the start menu.

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