Grafvision - Fotolia
There are a number of different options you can use to control the look and feel of the Windows 10 Start menu.
You can access some of the menu options through the system settings. To do so, click on the Start button and then click Settings > Personalization. When Windows displays the Personalization dialog box, click the Start tab.
The Start tab contains four options for turning various Start menu sections on or off, including:
- Show most-used apps
- Show recently added apps
- Use Start full screen
- Show recently opened items in Jump Lists or the taskbar
The Start menu actually contains sections labeled Most Used and Recently Added (although Recently Added is automatically hidden if you haven't installed any new apps recently). The Use Start Full Screen makes Windows 10 behave more like Windows 8 by using a Start screen rather than a Start menu.
Many of the customization options revolve around the Start menu's live tiles. Right clicking on a live tile displays a number of different options. For example, you can unpin the live tile from the Start menu and you can resize a live tile. Resizing a live tile often affects the amount of information on display within the tile. For example, a medium-sized weather app tile might display the current conditions, while a large tile might display the entire forecast.
It's also worth noting that you can rearrange live tiles by using drag and drop. You aren't limited to using the default live tiles either. You can create a live tile for any app by opening the Start menu, clicking on All Apps and then right clicking on an app and choosing the Pin to Start option. Keep in mind some apps use live tiles, while other apps use static tiles.
Complete guide to Windows 10
What's new in Windows 10?
Windows 10 mobility features
Improve your desktop strategy with Windows 10
Dig Deeper on Windows OS and management
Related Q&A from Brien Posey
Without a Windows 11 registry backup, IT risks breaking the OS by making edits. Find out how easy it is to back up the Windows 11 registry. Continue Reading
While Google Cloud Storage has several limitations, these three are among the most prevalent -- but users have straightforward ways to get around ... Continue Reading
Unpredictable user behavior and boot storms can cause VDI resource usage fluctuations throughout the day. IT can take steps to identify and curtail ... Continue Reading