Cus­tomise the Start menu

Windows Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

1 Dis­able ads

To re­move un­wanted ads, go to Start > Set­tings > Per­son­al­i­sa­tion > Start and tog­gle the ‘Oc­ca­sion­ally show sug­ges­tions in Start’ switch to Off. Now open the Start menu and look for a Get Of­fice en­try un­der All Apps. Right-click this and choose Unin­stall to stop the Of­fice ads from ap­pear­ing.

2 Cus­tomise the left-hand panel

The but­tons on the left give you one-click ac­cess to power, Set­tings, user op­tions (in­clud­ing the ‘Switch user’ func­tion) and much more be­sides. You can cus­tomise which user fold­ers and tools ap­pears here via Per­son­al­i­sa­tion > Start – click ‘Choose which fold­ers ap­pear on Start’.

3 Tweak the app list

You can dis­able the A-Z list of apps in the Start menu via Per­son­al­i­sa­tion > Start (switch off ‘Show app list in Start menu’) or choose whether to head the list with re­cently added or most used apps for con­ve­nience sake. Fi­nally, se­lect ‘Use Start full screen’ if you miss Win­dows 8’s Start screen.

4 Cus­tomise tiles

The main part of the Start menu is its Tiles sec­tion, where app and pro­gram short­cuts can be pinned by rightclick­ing them in File Ex­plorer or on the Start menu’s Apps list. Once pinned, drag and drop pinned items around to rear­range them and pin them to­gether in re­lated groups.

5 Man­ag­ing grouped tiles

Drag one tile on top of an­other and they’ll be merged into a sin­gle tile – click this to re­veal the tile’s con­tents. Roll your mouse above a se­ries of grouped tiles to re­veal a ti­tle bar – click un­der ‘Name group’ to give it a suit­ably de­scrip­tive name; click and drag the ‘=’ icon to move the group.

6 More cus­tomi­sa­tion tricks

Right-click a tile and choose Re­size to change its size: Small, Medium, Wide or Large. Right-click and choose More – if a live tile op­tion is of­fered, se­lect­ing this will see the icon dy­nam­i­cally up­date with con­tent from the app rather than sim­ply dis­play­ing its icon.

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