Finally! Yes finally we got the Start menu back and that too on the Windows 10 and what’s more? You can now even customize it according to your daily needs. Sounds interesting? Must be! Because some of those apps which you can see on your Start menu are not necessarily for your needs and those who you need the most can’t be found easily. This can be the case with many of you. So all you need is to organize your Start menu on your PC in such a way that it becomes more helpful to you rather than making you work more and make you feel irritated.
So here are some tips on how you can make your own Start menu on your Windows 10 enabled PC or laptop. All you need to do is to read this article carefully and decide which app is more needful for you and which one is not. Spend some time on your Windows 10 enabled gadget and make is more enjoyable to use from next time onwards.
How to Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu to Enhance User Experience
#1. Edit, Delete, Add and Organize your apps list
There are two different ways to organize your Start menu on Window 10 PC one is to go directly to the Start menu’s folder structure. Over here you can directly delete, edit and rearrange your preferred items. You can even add new items which will help you to give you new shortcuts. This exercise is so simple because you can even drag the items around individually on or to the Start menu. This is the easiest way to arrange the things you want to change on your Start Menu.
The other way to do is to go to the Start menu itself and right click on the app which you don’t find fit to your style. Just click on “Uninstall” and get rid of that app quickly.
#2. Resize the Start menu
If you think you need more apps in the Start menu and they should not stress you to scroll more than having a horizontal menu is the best advice one can give it to you. One can expect a vertical menu from Windows 10 itself but should you need a horizontal one which will give you one full column of icon groups then you should just drag and stretch the menu edges towards right. The only drawback of this is that you can only add one column. If the live tiles are irritating you then you can move it all together by installing third-party Start menu replacement apps like Start 10 or ClassicShell.
But, just in case if you want to show few extra tiles in each of the columns then follow this path.
Settings → Personalization → Start and now turn on the “Show more tiles” option by just toggling the switch.
By enabling this option you can see that your tile column has expanded by the width of one medium sized tile. One more thing you need to note here is that if you turn on “Show more tiles” feature you can still resize the Start menu horizontally as mentioned above but you will get only 3 columns and not the normal four columns.
#3. Pin and Unpin tiles
You can pin those important apps which you feel is frequently used by you so that they can stay on your Start menu. You can even unpin those apps which are not good enough for you. All you need to do is to right-click on a particular app and select “Pin to start” or “Unpin from Start” as per your wish. If an app is not pinned but you want a pinned tile for that app then you need to browse the app from the left side of the Start menu and when you find it just right click on the app and choose “Pin to Start”.
#4. Resize tiles
It is obvious that the important tiles should get your quick attention and the best way to get your quick attention is to make them large or wide in size. For those app tiles which are less important for you but still should find a place in your Start menu you can make them a medium or small sized tiles. All you need to do is to right click on the app tile and select from four options like “Small”, “Medium”, “Wide” and “Large”.
Four such small tiles will then fit in one medium tile and four medium tiles will fit in one large tile. The wide tile will have the size of two side-by-side medium tiles.
The only bad thing about this resizing tile is that it can be a real hard work and it may leave plenty of blank space on your Start menu as well.
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#5. Turn off Live Updates Tiles
We believe there is no need to have a live update tiles as such. So just right click on those app tiles which are showing your live updates and then click on “More” and then “Turn live tile off”. What will now happen after turning off this live tile off that you will see a regular News tile and you can still get an access to news as and when you wish to have it? It is good to have a live weather app tile than news app tile what say?
#6. Make your Start menu and Taskbar colorful
No need to keep the boring good old colors now. You can change the color of your choice on your Start menu and also on Taskbar. To change the color of your Start menu and Taskbar just follow this path.
Go to Settings → Personalization → Colors
Over here you will find plenty of color choices to choose from. You can pick up the choice of your color and your Start menu and Taskbar will be colored by that color only. What’s more is that if you check the box just below the color plate on your screen mentioning “Automatically pick an accent color from my background” then Windows will automatically pick an accent color according to your current background wallpaper’s color.
Now go further down and toggle the “Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center” option so that you will get the new color everywhere every time. This is not it now can also make your Start menu, taskbar, and action center transparent as well if you want to show the same accent color on the title bar of the app and also the folder windows. Just Select “Light” under the “Choose your app mode” option.
#7. Manage Recently Added and Most Used Apps on the Start menu
Yours recently added and used apps will be shown on the Start menu by default on the left-side of your PC’s screen. Instead, if you want to see just those apps which you want to see without scrolling much then both these features are easy to get rid of. Follow the path given below and let those features get off from your Start menu.
Go to Setting → Personalization → Start → Now look for “Show most used apps” and “Show recently added apps” and toggle both to set them off.
#8. Choose the folder which you want to appear on the Start menu
In the new update from Windows 10, it is noticeable that the User, Settings, and Power options are being pushed away into a very tiny column far left of the Start menu under the burger menu (three horizontal lines) and you need to click on it to expand it. But this will help you to read the full names of the apps and you have more space to add stuff of your choice in it. So to add stuffs like folders in that empty space just go to Settings → Personalization → Start. On the right of your screen, you need to scroll down to the bottom and click on “Choose which folders appear on Start” link. Now you will see plenty of folder options, toggle the folder option which you want to see on the Start menu. Once you are done check the side by side look of your Start menu and see how your chosen folder looks like on it.
#9. Remove all those tiles which you don’t like and make your Start menu vertical
Start unpinning all those app tiles which you think are not needed to appear on your Start menu after you unpin the last app tile then grab the furthermost right side of your menu edge and then drag it on your left till the tile selection disappears. This will leave you with nice, cool looking and slim vertical Start menu.
#10. Use the Full-Screen Start Menu
Just the opposite to what we tipped you above you can even use the full-screen Start menu if you are fond of having a look at all the tiles. All you need to do is to follow this path.
Go to Settings → Personalization → Start → Toggle the “Use Start full screen” option to “On”.
Now you can see an expanded Start menu with all the apps tiles you want to see.
#11. Remove Suggested Apps from your app list
There is one more way to trim your Start menu and that is by removing all those suggested apps from your app list. Just go to Settings → Personalization → Start → Toggle the “Occasionally show suggestion in Start” option to “Off.
These are the tips by using them you can customize your Windows 10 Start menu according to your daily usage. Believe us it will make your use more friendly and easy than what you are doing right now. Yes, it will take some time out to customize it but one it is done the smoother use is guaranteed. One thing you need not to note here is that suggested apps will work differently than pre-installed apps like Candy Crush etc. So if you don’t like such apps then just right click on that app and simply “uninstall” it.
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