How to change the size of the Start Menu in Windows 10

When Microsoft launched Windows 8, many users were disappointed by the removal of the Start Menu. To win them over, Microsoft had to please users in Windows 10 and decided to bring back the Start Menu. The good thing is that they didn’t just restore the Start Menu’s former self from Windows 7 and before, but they redesigned it from scratch, and they have made it better than ever before. One of the Start Menu’s best features in Windows 10 is that it can be resized. Read this guide, and you’ll find out just how easy it is to do:

NOTE: This tutorial has been updated to include information from Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. This update is coming to all Windows users, this autumn.

How to resize the Start Menu in Windows 10

When you start Windows 10, the Start Menu is probably one of the first things you notice on your desktop. It is essentially a combination of the Start screen from Windows 8 and the old Start Menu from Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows. Thus it has a list of applications and settings on the left, and live tiles and shortcuts on its right.

At its core, the Start Menu from Windows 10 is similar to any other app from the operating system so that it can be resized in the same way. To do it, first open up the Start Menu, by clicking or tapping on the Start button from the bottom left corner of the screen.

When the Start Menu opens up, it looks like this:

How to resize the Start Menu horizontally

To resize the Start Menu horizontally, move your mouse cursor onto its right edge, until the cursor turns into a double-headed arrow.

Now click and drag the cursor to the left, to shrink the Start Menu. It should look like this:

To increase the horizontal size of the Start Menu, click on its edge and drag it to the right. The menu should look like this:

Notice that the horizontal resizing adapts to the live tiles present on the Start Menu: while you drag, the menu snaps to allocate enough space for the pinned tiles.

How to resize the Start Menu vertically

Vertical resizing works in a similar fashion: move your cursor to the upper edge of the opened Start Menu, like this:

Then click or tap and drag the Start Menu up or down to resize it. In this case, you can resize smoothly; the Start Menu doesn't snap to the pinned tiles.

How to resize the Start Menu diagonally

Note that this can be done only in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, available starting September 2017. If you want to resize the Start Menu both horizontally and vertically at the same time, you can move your cursor to the upper right edge of the menu and resize it diagonally. This action combines the two resizing methods that we have already shown.

When you click and drag the top-right corner of the Start Menu you can resize it as you like: horizontally it snaps to match the tiles groups and vertically it resizes smoothly.

Note that resizing the Start Menu is not the same as setting it to occupy the full-screen like in Windows 8.1. If that’s what you want, you can read about it here: How to set the Start Menu to take the whole screen in Windows 10.

Conclusion

The Start Menu is one of the best and most-used features in Windows 10. It can be customized in many ways, including changing its size. Thanks to the way the Windows 10 user interface is designed, resizing the Start Menu is easy. What do you like the most about the Start Menu in Windows 10? Share your opinions with us in the comments below.