Unlike its predecessor Windows 8.1, there is a Start menu in Windows 10. The Start menu in Windows 10 although looks different from the one we have seen in Windows 7 and Vista, it behaves more or less the same.
With default settings, most used apps and recently added app appear on the left-side of the of the Start menu. App tiles, including live tiles, appear on the right-side of the Start menu. When you pin a file or program to the Start, it appears on the right-side.
Microsoft has introduced a number of settings to customize and tweak the default look and feel of the Start. You can change the default color of Start menu, height and width of the Start menu, add or remove tiles, add or remove folders, create a group of your favorite apps, resize tiles, add new links to the Start, and more.
In Windows 7 and previous versions, we could find Start menu settings under Taskbar and Start Menu Properties which appears when you right-click on taskbar and click Properties option.
The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog is present in Windows 10 as well but Start menu settings have been moved to the Settings app. The Settings app offers following settings to tweak and customize Start menu or screen in Windows 10:
# Occasionally show app and content suggestions in the Start menu
# Store and display recently opened programs in Start
# Show the recently added apps group
# Customize which places to link to in the list (options to add downloads, documents and other places)
# Use full-screen Start when in the desktop
# Store and display recently opened items in Start and the taskbar
If you’re looking to change the default settings of Start menu in Windows 10, follow the below mentioned directions to navigate to Start menu settings.
Method 1 of 2
The easy way to open Start settings
Step 1: Right-click on desktop and then click Personalize option to open Personalization section of Settings app.
Step 2: On the left-side of Settings app, click Start to see Start menu settings on the right-side.
Step 3: To show color on Start menu, please click the Color option in the left-pane, and then turn on the option titled Show color on Start, taskbar and action center.
Tip: You can pin Start settings to your Start menu for quick access. To pin it to Start, right-click on the Start (see picture) and then click Pin to start option.
Method 2 of 2
Another way to open Start settings in Windows 10
Step 1: Open the Settings app by clicking the Settings icon in the Start menu.
Step 2: Once Settings app is launched, click Personalization.
Step 3: On the left-side, click Start to see Start settings on the right-side.
Tip: You can even use the search box on the taskbar or Start to quickly access Start settings.
Are you happy with the new Start menu in Windows 10?