How To Troubleshoot And Fix The Windows 10 Start Menu

The Start Menu in Windows 10 is of the most problematic features of the OS. If it works well for you then you're lucky but there are hoards of users who have a dysfunctional Start Menu that fails to open, fails to launch apps, doesn't let you pin apps, gets stuck, and won't let you access the list of all installed apps, among other things. Those with a buggy Start Menu deal with a very essential feature on their desktop being useless. Users employ different hacks to fix the problem but no one hack has been able to track down and fix the problem for everyone and many fixes that work for some users often do not work for others. Microsoft knows there's a problem and has released a  tool called Windows 10 Troubleshooting Tool that aims to troubleshoot and fix problems with the Start Menu. Read More

Increase The Start Menu & Taskbar Transparency In Windows 10

Windows 10 allows you to toggle the transparency of the Start Menu, the Taskbar, and the Action Center. The transparency of these three UI elements is tied to one switch in the Settings app. To manage transparency, go to Personalization>Colors in the Settings app and turn it On/Off. The setting doesn't allow users to selectively apply transparency to one element while leaving the other a solid color nor does it let you select how transparent the Start Menu should be. You can still make the Start Menu and the taskbar considerably more transparent than it is by default by tweaking a registry key. Here's how. Read More

Get Large Icons On App Tiles On The Start Menu In Windows 10

The Windows 10 Start Menu supports different tile sizes for the apps you pin to it. Resizing a tile is really simple and the size variation lets you highlight the more important and frequently accessed apps while fitting the less often used ones in a smaller area. For apps that haven't been optimized for Windows 10, you might notice that resizing an app tile on the Start Menu will leave you with a large square or rectangle that still has a small app icon sitting in the middle. For some apps like Chrome, the entire tile will show the Chrome icon but for many popular ones, that just isn't the case. To fix the problem, there's a free open source app called TileIconifier. Read More

How To Add A Folder To The All Apps List In Windows 10

Windows 10 got rid of the Start Screen that Windows 8 imposed on users. No one really liked it and the confusion between desktop and Modern UI was frustrating. Even veteran Windows users struggled to make sense of it. The Start Screen is gone but Microsoft didn't abandon the idea of having a large, all screen consuming list of installed apps appear on your screen. It just changed how they executed the concept. For all intents and purposes, the All Apps list is what the Start Screen and its list of all apps has been reduced to and you're free to resize it however you like. That said, the All Apps list comes with two limitations; you can only have 500 items in it, and there is no simple way to add folders to it. If you want to add a folder to the list, it's possible and here's how. Read More

Create A Custom App Tile For The Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 is missing a pretty important and rather obvious feature; it doesn't let you customize the color of an app tile. For app tiles that feature only an icon in a box, that box often looks ugly against whatever color has been set for the Start menu. If you're looking for a way to create a custom app tile, image, color and all, there's a little app that lets you do just that. Meet Better StartMenu an app that will let you create a custom icon for any app of your choice, and through its Windows Store version, you can pin it to the Start menu. The app costs $2.99 but as of a recent update, there are no differences between the paid and trial version with the developer only asking you to donate if you like the app. Read More

Easily Navigate The All Apps List In The Windows 10 Start Menu

The Start menu in Windows 10 has an alphabetically organized list of all the apps you've installed on your system. It's currently capped to showing just 500 entries but even with a much smaller number of apps appearing in the All Apps list, you end up scrolling to get to the app you want. It's organized but it's far easier to use the search bar to launch an app instead of scrolling this list. If you prefer the All Apps list but without all the scrolling, Windows 10 has a built-in way to make it easier to use. Here's how. Read More

Pin An Item To The Left Side Of The Start Menu In Windows 10

The new Start menu in Windows 10 has been received well but live tiles are kind of glitchy for some apps and there isn't much control over the color a tile can be often making it seem very unappealing  against the Start menu's own color. You could unpin all the tiles from the Start menu and instead get a much slimmer one. If however, you like your tiles, but would still like to be able to choose which apps appear on the left side of the Start menu under 'Most Used' apps, there's a work around to getting it how you want it. We do warn you that's it's a bit tedious but worth the space you will utilize. Read More

Change The Color Of Taskbar, Start Menu, And Windows Borders In Windows 10

Windows 10 has drastically changed color customization. Before Windows 10 title bars had colors and you could select any color for the taskbar and the Start menu but that's no longer an option. The colored title bars are gone and the thin border around windows is fixed to be the same color as the taskbar and the Start menu. You can choose a different color for all these elements but the color selection is now very limited. Meet Windows 10 Color Control, a tiny utility that lets you set ANY color for the Start menu and the taskbar. You can use the RGB value of the color to find the perfect one and it also lets you select and set a different color for the windows borders and the taskbar and Start menu. The app can also turn Off the dark accent effect that's darkens whatever color you set for the taskbar and start menu. Read More

Editing Start Menu Items In Windows 10 [Guide]

In the days leading up to the release of Windows 10, we scrutinized the hell out of the Star menu. As features were added and it evolved we covered how to customize various components on the Start menu. Now that Windows 10 is out in the stable (or somewhat stable) version, we know for sure what we can and cannot add to the Start menu. This is a comprehensive post that details how you can add and remove various item to the Start menu. Read More

How To Slim Down The Start Menu In Windows 10

The return of the Start Menu is a major highlight of Windows 10 though it may not sound too impressive to those upgrading from Windows 7. Regardless of whether you upgrade from Windows 7 or 8/8.1, the Start menu isn't what it used to be in either of these versions of Windows. It's different and it's something between the modern Start Up Screen that was widely criticized in Windows 8 and the smaller much more useful Start Menu that was worshipped in Windows 7. It also features live tiles. If you aren't a fan of this new Start menu, you can get the old Windows 7 Start menu back with the help of an app, or you could adapt to the new one by tweaking the default one so that it takes up far less space and is super thin. This requires no extra apps to achieve. Here's how it's done. Read More

Get The Windows 7 Start Menu On Windows 10 [Paid]

One of the most anticipated things about Windows 10 is the return of the Start Menu. It's changed quite a lot over the year with each new Windows 10 build that Microsoft released and is now (as per build 10130) a pretty decent mix of the old Start Menu in Windows 7 and XP and the Start Screen introduced in Windows 8/8.1. It's being received well but there's a chance that some still might not warm up to it. With Windows 8/8.1, developers were quick to roll out solutions that gave users the much missed Start Menu. In Windows 10, these apps become redundant if all you want is the Start Menu. If however, you don't like the new look of it and would still prefer something closer to what you had in Windows 7, Startisback++ is the solution. It's a windows app worth $2.99 with a 30 day trial that brings the Windows 7 Start Menu to Windows 10. Read More

Pin Your Favorite Websites To The Windows 10 Start Menu

A few days ago we touched on how you can pin your frequently used settings to the Start Menu in Windows 10. Doing so makes for faster access and will obviously be a time saver while you get used to the new Settings app. For those of you who have been keeping up with news about Windows 10, you might know that Internet Explorer as we know it is no more. When it ships at the end of July, Windows 10 will come with the new rebranded and much improved Edge browser (previously called Project Spartan). The new browser comes with lots of great new features including one that lets you pin you favorite apps to the Start Menu, much like you can with settings. Here's how it works. Read More

Set The Start Menu Color Based On Your Desktop Background In Windows 10

As far as build no 10130 goes, Windows 10 has seemingly removed the ability to set any color as your desktop background and is instead limiting you to choosing one of the presets. That said, there's a really neat feature for setting the best color possible for the Start Menu based on the image you have as your wallpaper. Unfortunately, it's positioned so you're more likely to find it by accident instead of on purpose but the feature itself sets it up so that the Start menu will be more visually appealing. Here's where you can turn it on. Read More

Add Shortcuts To Windows Libraries To The Start Menu In Windows 10

The Start Menu in Windows 7 has links to your libraries; Documents, Music, Videos, etc. While Windows 10 is bringing back the beloved Start Menu that was killed in the previous version of Windows, it's doing so with monumental differences (read improvements). In the process, it's removed links to your Windows libraries. Fortunately, they aren't gone and Users can customize which libraries appear on the Start Menu. Here's how. Read More

How To Always Open Start Menu In Full Screen In Windows 10

The Start Menu is back in Windows 10. It was sorely missed in both Windows 8 and 8.1 and because you love Windows, a Microsoft product, the company decided to listen to your outrage and bring this iconic feature back. The Start menu isn't the same as it was in Windows 7. It's evolved in just the right way with live tiles,  the Modern UI is still intact, the shut down button is back, and lots more. One of the newer additions to the Start menu is the ability to maximize it and use it in that maximized state so that it functions somewhat like the Modern UI start screen we all didn't like. Some of you might prefer to always have the Start Menu open in a maximized state and here's how you can do just that. Update Aug 1, 2015: This post has been updated for the final Windows 10 stable version. Read More

Everything You Need To Know About The Windows 10 Start Menu [Review]

Windows 10 has brought back the Start menu and Windows users are all to familiar it but in Windows 10, it has a new look. It isn't just the old menu that we were all nostalgic about; once you begin using it you realize that the Start menu is a  comprehensive version of the Start screen and many features in it aptly reflect this. We've detailed all you need to know about this new Start menu below, what it has to offer, and what customization options are available. Read More

Get A Global Start Menu & Windows 8-Style Taskbar In Android

It’s common knowledge that Windows 8 doesn't sport the Start Button or the Start Menu, though the former is speculated to arrive soon with Windows 8.1. This is apparently the most important feature missing from the new OS, even making many people think twice before switching to Windows 8. But how about having a Windows-esque Start Orb and Start Menu on your smartphone? If you ever wanted to bring Windows-like Start Menu to Android, consider your wish granted in the form of Taskbar – Windows 8 Style. Developed by Root Uninstaller and available on Google Play Store for free, this little app is designed to make multitasking a tad bit easier by bringing app and setting shortcuts to a Windows 8-style start menu that always stays on top of any app or screen that you have open. Once installed, it places a persistent Start button at the bottom-right, tapping which brings up the Start menu with user-specified shortcuts. Read More

Get A Tiled, Option-Stacked & Customizable Start Menu In Windows 8

Whether you like it or not, the new Start Screen in Windows 8 is here to stay. But if you’re having a hard time getting used to it and prefer to get things done the old way such as accessing applications, shortcuts and files, you just need to install a Start Menu replacement app. We've already covered a handful of Start Menu apps and Start Screen modifiers for our readers, including the likes of Pokki, Classic Shell and Start8. Today, we’re bringing to you yet another similar application called Start Menu Reviver. It’s a great option for those avid Start Menu users who think that the Start Screen simply slows them down. It offers almost all the features of Start Screen and lets you access your programs and favorite websites right from the desktop. Read More

Get Custom Start Menu, Global Hotkeys & Text Expansion With FastKeys

You might have tried a lot of replicas of Windows Start Menu on Windows 8 by now. Some look extremely slick such as the Pokki, while others like Classic Shell come packaged with a plethora of customization options. If you want to opt for something entirely different than the tried and tested though, give FastKeys a shot. No, it’s not just another Start Menu rip-off, but an intuitive utility that can work as a powerful replacement of Start Menu, along with an apps and a website launcher, user-defined shortcuts opener and a lot more than that. Read More

8StartButton Is A Unique Modern UI Start Menu App For Windows 8

During the last year, we have seen a large number of free and paid Start Screen modification and replacement tools for Windows 8. Some provide you with a Windows 7-like Start Menu and disable the Start Screen, while others change the way the Start Screen looks. Back in October, Waqas compiled a list of the best Windows 8 Start Screen modifiers and Start Menu applications to get back the old Windows 7 feel. However, several new applications from the same genre have appeared since and if a new tool offers something different, we try to review it for our readers. 8StartButton is one such Start Screen replacement utility that caught our attention. It allows you to replace the Start Screen with a highly customizable Start Menu providing you full control over the system. You can access all the installed programs as well as system options, and pin your favorite programs as tiles inside the Start Menu. You can choose to open Start Menu or the Start Screen as the default function for the button, disable the Start Screen hot corner, and choose to boot Windows directly to the desktop. Read More