How to customize Windows 10 Start menu

Do you feel bored with Windows 10 Start menu? However, you should not worry as just with a few customizations, you can easily form the Start menu into useful sections.  Quickly, let’s check how the Start menu can be organized. It’s basically divided into three parts.

  • The narrow panel on the left comes with the icons for important menu items, which depends on your settings such as your account, settings, and power options. By default, they are unlabeled, but if you want to figure them out, simply tap or click on the menu button at the top.
  • The center panel includes a list of all your apps. It starts with the apps that you have recently added at the top.
  • The big panel on the right comes with the colorful tiles labeled as Create, Play, Explore and more.

Now let’s check how you can customize it.

Customize the left panel

The left panel of the Start menu can have at least two icons (your account icon and power options icon) and reach to maximum 12 icons. You can customize the icons by going to Settings menu > Personalization > Start > Choose folders appearing on Start. From there, you can turn on/off the icons such as File Explorer, Settings, Downloads, Music, Personal folder, and other folders.

Full-screen Start

If you are using a tablet, the full-screen Start menu will be the default menu, while the partial-screen Start menu will be the default in case you are using a desktop or laptop. If you experience the full-screen mode on a computer, head to Settings > Personalization > Start and enable Use Start full screen. If you have a Windows tablet, just go to Settings > System > Tablet mode and choose the mode you want to get started.

Change the color

Simply navigate to Settings > Personalization > Colors to change the color of the Start menu, Start screen, taskbar, and even window borders. Enable the options in Colors and choose the color you want to use from. You can also enable Make start, taskbar, and action center transparent if you want your Start menu to be transparent.

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Go wide

If you feel your Start menu is getting crowded, you can make it wider just by heading to Settings > Personalization > Start and turn Show more tiles on.

Create Start menu folders

With an extra-wide Start menu, you can feel cluttered if you have added a range of tiles. With the thumbnails littering your desktop, you can easily organize the Start menu tiles into the folders. To do so, drag a tile into another tile to create a folder.

Pin and unpin tiles

If you want to pin apps to the right panel of the Start menu, just find the app and right-click on it. Click on Pin to Start, or you can drag and drop it into the tile section. If you want to unpin a tile, right-click the tile and choose Unpin from Start.

Move and resize tiles

If you want to resize a title, right click and choose Resize option. Depending on your liking, you can choose small, medium, or large. If you want to move a tile, click on it, and then drag it to another part of the Start menu.

Edit the tile sections

In Windows 10 or Windows 8/8.1, it allows you to divide your live tiles into different categories. To create a category, just click a tile, drag it to the bottom of your Start menu until you see a solid bar. After that, drop the tile below the bar.


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