Customise the Start menu
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.