Customizing Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10

The preview version of Windows 10 is now available for review, and the biggest change is the return of the Start menu. The Start menu in Windows 10 takes the basic Start Menu from Windows 7, and has some new surprises. It now has a slightly different behavior, it displays a dual personality of Start Menu and Start Screen.

We assume that you have installed the technical preview of Windows 10 on your PC. Click on the Start button as the Windows appears. You will observe the new Start Menu with its hybrid approach. On the left menu, you can see the icons for finding and using your applications and settings. On the right side you can see the screen full of tiles to the Windows apps displays so that you can access your favorite Windows apps right from the menu.

Click on any shortcut on the left column for opening the specific programs or settings. You may also click on any tile in the right screen to launch that Windows app. Click on the familiar All Apps setting and you will see the standard Start Screen apps and folders. If you need to search for an app, file, or other item you need to type the desired keyword in the search field provided. A list of suggestions will be shown matching with your custom query. You can also perform this task by clicking on the Search icon, but in that case Windows will also show recent and trending searches.

There is a power button on top of the Start Menu next to your name. The Windows will show the options of shutting down or restarting your system. Right-clicking your account name will show the options of changing account picture, locking the device, or signing out.

You can also add tiles of your choice in the Start Menu. Right click on any folder or file that you want to add to the Start Menu. Click on the “Pin to Start” option. The tile for your desired application will be shown on the right side of the Start Menu now. You may also use the option of “Pin to Taskbar” for placing a quick launch link of the application in the taskbar. If you want to remove any icon from the list, right-click on it and choose the option of “Remove from this list”.

If you want to manage certain apps, then click on All Apps setting. Right-click on any app to show four options: Resize, Uninstall, Pin to Start (or Unpin), Pin to Taskbar (or Unpin).

This version of Windows, although in a very early stage, is creating new buzz for the beleaguered Windows brand. This iteration of Windows is much like Windows 7 with tablet features added into the mix, much like many people said Windows 8 should have looked like. Will this save the Windows brand? It may be too early to tell, but we will probably find out sometime next year.


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