How to change which folders appear in Windows 10’s Start Menu

Did you know that you can set the Windows 10 Start Menu to show all kinds of folders like Documents, Downloads, HomeGroup or Network ? By default, they aren't shown on the Start Menu but, with just a couple of clicks or taps, you can easily add them. Read this tutorial to learn how it’s done:

NOTE: The screenshots used in this article are from Windows 10 with Anniversary Update. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of August 2, 2016.

How to configure which folders are displayed in Windows 10's Start Menu

By default, Windows 10's Start Menu doesn't display any special folders, although it considers File Explorer and Settings to be folders, even if they're not. So, if you don't make any changes, this is how your Start Menu will look on the left side column:

You can make the Start Menu display additional folders. To be able to do that, you'll need to get to the Start Menu personalization settings. Start by opening the Settings app, either by clicking or tapping on its entry from the Start Menu , or by using one of the methods we've shown in this guide: 9 ways to open the Settings app in Windows 10

Then, click or tap on Personalization .

Click or tap Start , on the left side of the window.

On the right side of the window, you'll see a link called “Choose which folders appear on Start” . Click or tap on it.

You can now choose which folders are displayed on your Start Menu . Note however that you cannot display just any folder from your device - you can only choose from a predefined set of folders.

Also, while it may sound counterintuitive, this list also contains items which are not exactly folders. To enumerate all the options from the list, you can make the Windows 10 Start Menu display these folders: File Explorer, Settings, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos, HomeGroup, Network and your Personal folder .

To set any of the available folders to be displayed on the Start Menu , simply set its switch to On . If you want to hide any of the displayed folders from the Start Menu , set it to Off .

Depending on how many folders you select to be displayed in your Start Menu , this is what you could end up with:

If you expand the Start Menu special folders, this is what all of them look like:

Pretty straightforward, right?


Setting which folders are displayed on the Start Menu in Windows 10, is fast and easy. Unfortunately, there is no option to include custom folders. Would you have preferred to be able to add any folder from any location on your PC? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.