Users who don’t love the Start screen in Windows 8 have a number options improve it. One can use third-party tweaking and customization tools to change the overall look and feel of the Start screen (see how to customize Start screen).
A litter over two weeks ago, we showed how to easily open the Start screen within the desktop, launch apps, search for files and programs without leaving the desktop area. We used a small tool named Start Menu Modifier for the job the guide. The tool lets you open the Start screen in the top or bottom area of the desktop. So, when you press the Windows key, you will see the Start screen within desktop.
Users who have followed our how to open Start screen within desktop guide and used the Start Menu Modifier program must have noticed that the program doesn’t allow you set custom height for the Start screen.
The good news is that the developer of Start Menu Modifier has updated the tool v1.1 and it now lets you set your own height for the Start Screen. Users can download the latest version and set their own height. Download, run the tool, select bottom (custom height) or top (custom height) and then set a custom value. Finally click Apply button.
So, users who don’t like to see the full size Start screen can use this awesome tool to reduce the default size. You can use the hotkey feature present in the tool to quickly switch between the full size Start screen and custom one.
To revert to the original Start screen, simply click Restore Defaults button. Start Menu Modifier is compatible with both x86 and x64 versions of Windows 8.