Windows 10 basically fixed the Start Menu that it ruined in Windows 8/8.1. Since its first release, it has slowly been making small improvements such as allowing users to create app folders and groups of apps. The app folders, unlike the groups, couldn’t be named. You had to tell from the folder tile which apps were in it. As of the Windows 10 October 2018 update, you can finally name Start menu folders.
Name Start Menu Folders
To name Start menu folders, you need to first create a folder. This is done by dragging and dropping one app tile on to the other. Sometimes dragging and dropping doesn’t work so try dragging and holding an app tile on to the other until they merge into a folder.
When you create a folder, it now shows a Name Folder field where you can enter a name for the folder. When a folder is collapsed, hovering your mouse over the folder tile will reveal its name in the tool tip. It only took Microsoft a year and a half to add this ‘feature’.
The Start menu on Windows 10 isn’t the train wreck it was back in Windows 8/8.1 but if you were to compare it to the menu in Windows 7, or even in XP, there is still much left to be desired.
Even users who have warmed up to the tile look of the Start menu find that the tiles often don’t update. Visually, there aren’t as many tile customization options as users would like and renaming items on the Start menu isn’t easy. For folders, real folders and not those made up of app tiles, you simply cannot rename them.
Windows 10 has been very conservative in terms of customization options. It even regularly removes registry entries that users ‘hack’ to customize their desktop. The operating system’s UI is definitely evolving with each update. Some additions that come with the update are big while others are small like this one but slowly, Microsoft is changing the UI of the OS. It’s doing so at a glacial pace so you won’t see any dramatic change any time soon.
Speaking of UI changes, if you’ve upgraded to the Windows 10 October 2018 update, you might have seen the dark mode that’s now rolled out to the File Explorer app. It’s not the prettiest and this is a feature that has been in the works for quite a while. A dark theme was added to the UWP apps a while back but File Explorer is the first, and perhaps only desktop app to get it.