How to configure the apps and items shown on the Windows 10 Start Menu
The Start Menu made a comeback in Windows 10 and, unlike in any previous Windows versions, it's resizable, you can pin or unpin almost anything on it, and you can even make it take the whole screen, just like in Windows 8.1. But these are not the only things you can customize on Windows 10's Start Menu. Today, we're going to show you how you can configure it even further, by adding or removing various elements like Recently added apps, Most used apps, Settings and so on. Without wasting any more time, let's roll:
NOTE: The screenshots used in this article are from Windows 10 with Anniversary Update. Windows 10 Anniversary Update is available for free, for all Windows 10 users, as of August 2nd, 2016.
What you get in the default Start Menu from Windows 10
First of all, we believe that it is a good idea to first take a look at what the default Start Menu offers. Then, we'll also see what elements you can add to it and which ones you can remove.
By default, Windows 10's Start Menu is split into two major sections:
- Start Menu's left side - contains links and shortcuts for the Recently added apps and programs, the Most used apps and programs, all the apps and programs installed on your Windows 10 PC or device, the Power options, Settings, File Explorer, and a few user related shortcuts.
- Start Menu's right side - includes live tiles and shortcuts for the apps and programs that you have pinned.
How to configure what is shown on the Start Menu
As we've seen, Windows 10's Start Menu is split in two major sections, and its right side is occupied only by the tiles and shortcuts that you pin to it. In this article, we won't be talking about how to pin, arrange and group stuff on and to the Start Menu , because we already did that in a separate article, which yo u can find here: The Complete Guide To Pinning Everything To The Windows 10 Start Menu.
So what remains for us to show you is how to change what is shown on the left side of the Start Menu. As we mentioned before, what you get by default are links and shortcuts for all the apps and programs installed on your Windows 10 PC or device, Recently added apps and programs, Most used apps and programs, some user related shortcuts, the Power options, Settings and File Explorer. But most of these can be customized and you can also add more stuff or remove the things you don't need.
To be able to change the things displayed in Start Menu's left side, you'll first have to open the Settings app. While there are several methods for opening Settings , a fast way to do it is to click or tap on its shortcut from the Start Menu.
In the Settings app, go to Personalization.
Click or tap Start in the column on the left.
On the right pane, you'll see a preview of what your Start Menu looks like with its present settings, and a list with a few options that configure what is shown on it and how the Start Menu is displayed.
These options are:
- Show more tiles - enabling this option will add a new tiles column to the groups from the Start Menu. You will then be able to pin 2 large or wide tiles, or 4 medium tiles on a group row, just like in the screenshot below.
- Occasionally show suggestions in Start - will occasionally insert “recommended” apps in your apps list. They are nothing more than advertisements, so our recommendation would be to disable this setting. You can find out how to do that if you read this tutorial: How to remove and disable promoted apps from Windows 10, in two steps.
- Show most used apps - switch this On or Off in order to make Start Menu display or hide the apps you use often.
- Show recently added apps - enable or disable this switch in order to make the Start Menu show or hide your recently installed apps or programs.
- Use Start full screen - this option will make the Start Menu display in fullscreen. You can find more details about wha t that means, in our tutorial: How to set the Start Menu to take the whole screen in Windows 10.
- Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar - apps from the Most used list will also use Jump lists to display items you recently opened.
Let's go back to the Start Menu personalization options from the Settings app. Under all the options and switches shared earlier, you'll also find a link called " Choose which folders appear on Start ". This link leads to a range of settings that let you select which special folders are going to appear on your Start Menu and which are not. We covered the subject in detail, in another article, which you can find here: How to change which folders appear in Windows 10’s Start Menu.
And that's pretty much everything there is to say about what you can show or hide in or from Windows 10's Start Menu.
As you've seen, changing what the Start Menu from Windows 10 displays is a simple process that merely involves going through a few settings. Is there anything else you would have liked to be able to customize to the way Start Menu looks or to the information it's able to show? If you have suggestions, or issues, don't hesitate to write them down, in the comments below.