The Start menu is back with Windows 10. While the Start menu looks different from the one in Windows 7, it operates pretty much the same way. And the good thing is that there are plenty of settings to tweak and customize the Start menu in Windows 10.
Start menu in Windows 10
Windows 10 allows users to change the default look of the Start menu in several ways. You can change the color of Start menu if you don’t prefer the default black color, make Start menu background transparent, add or remove new tiles to the right-side of Start menu, resize tiles, add or remove recently added and most used groups, and resize the whole Start menu to your liking.
While it’s good that we can customize and tweak Start in several ways, users coming from Windows 7 will be surprised to know that these settings are not located under Taskbar and Start menu properties.
This is because Microsoft has moved many of the settings from the expected location to the new Settings app. If you’re coming from Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you will know that Start screen settings were present under the PC Settings app in Windows 8/8.1 as well.
Open Start menu settings in Windows 10
As said before, Start menu settings in Windows 10 are located under the Settings app. If you’re not sure how to open the same, here is how to open Start menu settings in Windows 10:
Step 1: Right-click on the desktop to open the context menu, and then click Personalize option to open the Settings app.
Step 2: Here, on the left pane, click Start to find Start menu settings on the right-side.
As you can see, there are settings to enable or disable recently used apps, most used group, and add new locations to the Start menu.
Step 3: Additionally, if you want to change the color of the Start menu or make the Start menu transparent, click Colors option on the left panel to see those settings. To make the Start menu transparent, click the Transparency effects toggle button. To display color on Start, select Start, taskbar, and action center option under Show accent color on the following surfaces.
All taskbar settings except the option to change the taskbar color and make the taskbar transparent can be found under Taskbar and Start menu properties. Just right-click on the taskbar and click properties to get there.