Customizing the Start Menu After Updating to Windows 10

    Microsoft recently made the Windows 10 available to all the users in the world, with the update slowly rolling out to all Windows users running Windows 7 or 8.1. If you are one of those that did not get the update yet, don’t worry about it as it should be coming to your computer soon enough. However, if you don’t want to wait for the update to be automatically rolled out to you, we already have a guide for you to manually trigger Windows 10 download on your computer. Be sure to check it out.

    One of the most anticipated feature of this new version of Windows is the Start Menu. The Start menu which was present in earlier versions of Windows (Windows 7 and older) was replaced by a Start Screen on the Windows 8 and 8.1. But now, because of popular demand, the Start Menu is back with a few modifications to it. Here is how your Start Menu, along with the task bar would look like at the first boot.

    Default Start Menu

    Now, there are a few things that you can customize in the Start Menu to make it look more like the way you want it to be and here’s how you can customize those things.

    #1 The Search Icon

    Let’s start off by customizing the search icon right next to the start menu. It may not look like a part of the start menu to you at first, but it is. You have three options for the Start Menu, which includes the complete search bar, a search icon or no search at all. You can choose the option that you like by right clicking on your taskbar and then choosing Search and then finally your option as shown in the image below.

    Search Icon Options

    #2 Size of the Start Menu

    The Start Menu can now be changed in size. You can either increase or decrease its height and increase its width from the default ones. This customization can be achieved simply by hovering your mouse over at the edge of the Start Menu, the top edge or the right edge and then dragging the Start Menu in the desired direction.

    Resize Start Menu

    #3 Re-size the Live Tiles

    The Live Tiles are the icons that you see on the right hand column of the start menu and it is possible to re-size every one of them. In order to re-size any of the tiles, just right-click on that tile and choose from one of the following sizes: small, medium, wide and large. Try out different sizes to decide which one you like.

    Resize Live Tiles

    #4 Choose Start Menu Folders

    The Start Menu folders are the ones you see at the bottom left column of your Start Menu. Apart from the default ones active, you can choose additional folders to show there for quick access to your folders. To choose your folders, right click on your Desktop and go to Personalize. Then, choose start from the left menu and finally click on “choose which folders to appear on start”. You will be presented with a similar screen where you can easily choose what all to display.

    Start Menu Folders

    #5 Go Back to Windows 8 Style Full Screen Start Menu

    If for some weird reason you liked the Full Screen Start Menu style of Windows 8 and 8.1, you can still go back to it. To enable a Full Screen Start Menu, right click on your Desktop and choose Personalize. Next, choose start from the left menu and enable the “Use Start full screen” option there.

    Full Screen Start Menu

    #6 Change Background Color of Start Menu

    The customization of anything is not done unless you can change the background color of that item. So, you can also change the background color of the Start Menu but it will also change the color of the Taskbar to match the Start Menu. To change the color of the Start Menu, right click on Desktop and choose Personalize. Choose Colors from the left menu and enable the option “Show color on Start, taskbar, and Action Center” option. Next, Windows can either automatically match a color using your wallpaper or you can specify what you want. Change this setting by toggling the “Automatically pick accent color from my background”.

    Start Menu Color

    The customizations listed above are the ones that you can do with your new Start Menu in the all new Microsoft Windows 10. Do let me know in the comments section below which is your favorite customization option in the list that we’ve mentioned.

    Haven’t updated to the latest OS yet? here are a few reasons why you should upgrade to Windows 10.

    Aneesh Bhatnagar
    Aneesh Bhatnagar
    Aneesh Bhatnagar is a Website Developer, who enjoys Tech as much as anyone can. He calls himself an Android Geek and a Microsoft Windows Lover. Apart from developing websites, he likes to read and write about technology as much as he can.

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