How to Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu

With the release of Windows 10, and to the delight of the Windows’ faithful, Microsoft brought back the Start Menu. With it, Microsoft included multiple functions that make it is easily customizable to fit your style or needs. Considering the number of features available, you can make it work exactly the way you want. Additionally, if you do not like the default taskbar, then you can change it according to your needs as well.

To access the Personalization interface go to: –> Windows Key –> Settings Icon — > Personalization.

Start Menu Customization:

 

  • Change the size and color of the menu: 
    By default, the Start menu adjusts its size according to your screen solution. If you have a bigger screen and want to keep the menu small, that option is also possible. First, click on the Start Menu button positioned in the bottom left corner of the screen. To resize it, move the cursor to the top edge of the menu so that it will look like a double-sided arrow. Now, you can easily adjust the size. To change the color, go to the Settings icon which is on the left sidebar. Go to Personalization –> Colors and now choose the color you want.

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  • Add, remove or resize the tiles:
    If you want to add a new live tile then locate it from the list of applications in the Start Menu and right-click on it. To add it to the Start Menu, select ‘Pin to Start.’ To remove any existing tile, right-click on the tile and select ‘Unpin from Start.’ To resize any tile, right-click on it and choose from four sizes – small, medium, large, and wide. You can also rearrange them easily by clicking and dragging.

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  • Customize the sidebar’s shortcuts:
    The left sidebar displays a few shortcuts like File Explorer, Settings, and Power, etc. by default. You can add additional folders that you frequently visit.Go to Settings from the Start Menu and select Personalization –> Start. At the bottom of the dialog window, you’ll see an option to ‘Choose which folders appear on Start.’ From here you can manage the folders and apps you want on the sidebar.

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  • Switch between Start menu and Start screen:
    For those of you who miss the start screens of Windows 8/8.1, you can easily restore it. Go to Settings –> Personalization –> Start > Use Start full screen.

use start full screen

 

Taskbar Customization:

 

  • Pin apps to the Taskbar:
    You can pin a few apps that you frequently use to your taskbar. This is a convenient feature to quickly access them since you no longer have to find them manually. Open the program you want to pin and as soon as its icon appears on the taskbar, right-click on the icon and select ‘Pin to Taskbar.’ You can also do this by simply dragging the app icon to the Taskbar.

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  • Pin files and folders to the jump lists of the Taskbar:
    Every app on the taskbar has its own jump list that displays certain actions that can be performed with the app. If you want a specific action to be on the list, then right-click on it and select ‘Pin to this list.’

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  • Get rid of the Cortana and Task View button:
    Cortana can be handy at times, but its search box takes up a lot of space on the taskbar. If you need more room on the taskbar, you can remove the Cortana and Task View button. To remove Cortana, right-click on the taskbar then click on Cortana. From here, you can choose whether you want to remove the search box only or the icon only or both of them. To remove the Task View button, right-click on the taskbar, and you can turn off the ‘Show Task View button.’

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There are certainly more features available not listed above. You can spend hours playing around with the various colors and options. If you’re tired of the same old Sart Menu and Taskbar, hopefully, this guide will help you add your own style to your Start Menu and Taskbar.

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