Cus­tomise the Start menu

The Start menu in Win­dows 10 is more pow­er­ful than ever – here are some easy tips to make it work for you

Windows Help & Advice - - WELCOME TO WINDOWS 10 -

The Start menu’s re­turn was big news when Win­dows 10 launched, and it has evolved as the op­er­at­ing sys­tem has been up­dated. It’s be­come a fast, and ef­fi­cient way to ac­cess apps and set­tings – Win­dows 8’s full-screen mon­stros­ity is now a dis­tant mem­ory, thank­fully!

How­ever, if you don’t like how the Start menu looks when you first pop it up on your fresh in­stall of Win­dows 10, it doesn’t have to stay that way. It’s fully cus­tomis­able in ways that were never pos­si­ble in ear­lier ver­sions of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem, and can be made to work in just about any way you want, stand­ing out from its back­ground for ease of read­ing, or au­to­mat­i­cally blend­ing in with the colour scheme of what­ever theme you have cur­rently set on your desk­top.

Fold­ers and tiles 3 Your Start menu is made up of lists and tiles, and some of these can be short­cuts to fold­ers such as Doc­u­ments. Set­tings > Per­son­al­i­sa­tion > Start en­ables you to tin­ker with this, so if you never shoot videos you can stop the empty...

Colour 1 Your Start menu’s back­ground can be any colour you like – all you have to do is untick a box. Open up Set­tings, then Per­son­al­i­sa­tion and fi­nally Colours. Untick the ‘Au­to­mat­i­cally pick an ac­cent colour from my back­ground’ op­tion and you’ll be...

Size 2 To make space for all the cus­tomis­ing you can do to the Start menu, you can eas­ily re­size it to your lik­ing. Just move your mouse pointer to the top-bor­der or right-bor­der of the Start Menu, the pointer will change into ar­rows, and you’ll be...

Hide pro­gram lists 4 By de­fault, the Start menu will show you lists of both your most used pro­grams and the most re­cently opened ones. This can end up re­peat­ing it­self, so if you want to get rid of one or the other of the lists, or both, open up...

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