The Start Menu from Windows 10 has seen plenty of changes since this operating system was first launched. One of the newest changes is that Microsoft decided to let us hide the All apps list and only show it if a specific button is pressed. If you like the live tiles on the Start Menu and you don’t usually need to work with the long All apps list, hiding it from the default view might be a good idea. Here’s how it’s done in Windows 10 Creators Update or later:
NOTE: This guide was created for Windows 10 Creators Update, which will be available to all Windows 10 users, for free, starting with the spring of 2017. Previous Windows 10 versions that were released before 2017, don’t have this feature while newer versions do.
How to hide the “All apps” list from the Start Menu in Windows 10
Before we go ahead and show you how to hide the All apps list from the Start Menu, let’s see what it normally looks like when displayed on the left side of your Start Menu:
The first step you need to take in order to hide the All apps list is to open the Settings app. There are many ways to open it and one of the fast ones is to click/tap on the gear icon from your Start Menu. If you want to know all the methods for opening it, read this guide: 9 Ways to open the Settings app in Windows 10.
In the Settings app, open the Personalization category.
On the left side of the Settings window, click or tap Start.
Then, on the right side of the window, look for a setting that says “Show app list in Start menu”. By default, its switch should be turned On.
Turn Off this switch.
That should do it! Now, open your Start Menu and check what it looks like without the All apps list displayed.
But what if you want to access the All apps list? Read the next section of this guide to see how it’s done.
How to access the “All apps” list when you’ve hidden it from your Start Menu
Once you’ve hidden the All apps list from your Start Menu, in order to access it again, you will have to click or tap on its button, displayed on the left side of the menu.
Here’s what this list looks like, once you press this button:
To go back to the tiles view, you can either click or tap on the Pinned tiles button, or close and reopen the Start Menu.
After people wouldn’t stop complaining about the lack of customization options available for the Start screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft decided to never do the same mistake with Windows 10. As it looks, the Start Menu in Windows 10 is a continuous work in progress, getting improved with each new version, which can only be a good thing for us users. After all, the more customization options we have, the merrier we are, aren’t we?