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.


Modern UI Design

The Start menu has received the Modern UI treatment and that is evident with the live tiles and the flat design. It still features pinned programs and a search bar as well as an ‘All Apps’ list that allows you to launch any selected app. What’s different is the ability for it to house far more pinned programs than it could in Windows 7 as well as support for pinning Modern apps. The list of pinned and recent apps contains Modern apps as well as desktop ones. The tiles however can only house Modern apps and their tiles. You can drag a modern app from the pinned list to the tiles but you cannot do the same for a desktop app.

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Live Tiles

The live tiles are what emulate the Start screen in the Start menu. They update in real time and can be resized, rearranged, pinned/unpinned, and turned on or off. To rearrange a tile, simply click and drag to reposition it. Given that the Start menu is a more compact version of the Start screen, you cannot add dividers. The tiles snap into place as you move them around so that they take up as little room as possible.

rearrange tiles

To resize a tile, right-click it and select from one of four sizes in the Resize menu. You an also unpin a tile from the Start menu, and pin/unpin it from the Taskbar from its right-click context menu.

tile size

Drag & Drop Items To Pin

This is an old feature from Windows 7 that has duly carried over to the Start menu in Windows 10. You can drag & drop files and folders from anywhere and they will be pinned to the start menu.

pin to start menu

Customize Start Menu

There is a new and dedicated customization menu for the Start menu. To access it, open the Taskbar properties and go to the Start Menu tab, or right-click anywhere on the Start menu and  select properties. Go to the Start menu tab, click Customize, and choose which folders and locations you want to include and exclude from the Start menu. You can also disable dragging & dropping items to the Start menu and disable sub-menus that open when you hover the mouse pointer over them.

customize start menu

Color Theme

You can change the Start menu’s color the same way you can with the Start screen. Right-click on the Start menu and select Personalize. Select a color and apply it. The same color is applied to the Taskbar and to app windows.

personalize start menu win 10


It really leaves you thinking why Microsoft didn’t just do this in Windows 8 since the execution is pretty good and you sort of still have everything the Start Screen has to offer you.

  • Kmbosha Ahmed

    Thanks 🙂

  • videosavant

    The problem I see with the current state of the new Start Menu is that it seems a bit hostile to organization. There are no shortcuts to look at the current user and all users Start Menu folders, so you have to navigate to those two folders via Explorer to do any housekeeping (I hate menu sprawl). I worked around this by making a couple of shortcuts to an xStart folder and include them in my personal Start Menu folders.

    The bigger problem is that there doesn’t appear to be any way to group into folders the Modern Apps. As a result, you end up with a long list of mostly useless Modern Apps before you get to the Start Menu folders and shortcuts for “traditional” (actually useful) apps. In doing this, Microsoft seems to be trying to force feed me something that I don’t want.

    One silver lining here is that the new Start Menu seems to keep your place in the All Apps folders between uses, so you don’t have to scroll through the Modern Apps everytime you hit the All Apps link. But still, it can be a lot better.

    I know this is basically an alpha, so hopefully these two inconveniences will be fixed in the months ahead.

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  • John Smith

    You can resize the tiles.Please when you write a review do not generalize.Thats now good writing.

  • John Smith

    Sorry, You can not resize the tiles.Please when you write a review do not generalize.Thats now good writing.

  • Somnambulator

    considering you didnt list where the actual star menu is located on disk i wouldnt consider this “everything you need to know”

  • wkstar63

    How to move or remove apps in All Apps in the Windows 10 start menu ?
    Before you could move Programs out of folders and or Delete Folders in the All Programs of the Start menu. Win 10 will Not let you do this

  • Matthew Kellar

    im guessing theres no way to remove the start menu and have the win 8.1 ui ?