How to create and use live folders in Windows 10's Start Menu
Folders are one of the defining concepts of Windows, as they're one of the best ways to organize files and other folders on your computer. This is also true when you think about your Start Menu - users have always been able to create folders inside Start Menu, folders in which they could organize shortcuts as they saw fit. Windows 10 also lets you create folders for the shortcuts that are found in the Start Menu, but it didn't do the same thing for live tiles. At least not until recently, because starting from Creators Update, Windows 10 includes this feature too. Now you can group live tiles from the Start Menu in folders, which is pretty awesome. If you want to see how to do it, read this tutorial:
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.
How to create a live folder on your Start Menu, in Windows 10
Creating live folders in your Start Menu is probably one of the simplest things you can do. You need to have at least two tiles or shortcuts which you want to be part of the same folder. Once you've decided which they are, drag one of them onto the other.
Once you drop one tile or shortcut on top of another tile or shortcut, the two of them will automatically create a live folder and display it in its expanded form, like this:
To close a folder from the Start Menu, you will have to click or tap on the arrow tile from above the expanded live folder view.
When contracted, or shrunk if you prefer the term, a live folder will look like this:
How to add more tiles and shortcuts to a live folder on your Start Menu, in Windows 10
To add more tiles or shortcuts to the folder you've just created, simply drag and drop them onto the folder using your mouse or your finger (if you have a touchscreen).
How to resize live folders from your Windows 10 Start Menu
Live folders can be resized just like any other live tile. Right-click or tap and hold on a live folder from your Start Menu, then click or tap Resize and then choose the size you want it to be: small, medium, wide or large.
This is what live folders with different dimensions will look like:
How to resize tiles and shortcuts found in live folders from your Windows 10 Start Menu
The tiles and shortcuts found inside a live folder from your Start Menu can be resized like any other tile/shortcut that's not a part of a live folder. The only difference is that, in order to be able to resize a tile/shortcut found inside a live folder, you will first have to open that folder.
If you need further guidance on how to resize tiles found on your Start Menu, this guide will help you: How to resize Start Menu tiles and shortcuts in Windows 10.
How to move a live folder on the Start Menu from Windows 10
Moving live folders from your Start Menu is the same as moving tiles or shortcuts from the Start Menu. Simply drag and drop the live folder to where you want it to stay.
If you want further information on this subject, this tutorial will prove helpful: How to move and group tiles and shortcuts on the Start Menu from Windows 10.
How to delete a live folder from the Start Menu in Windows 10
Live folders cannot be deleted or unpinned from the Start Menu. In order to remove a live folder, you will have to empty it of shortcuts and tiles. Once there are no more tiles and/or shortcuts inside the folder, the live folder will disappear automatically.
Watch this video tutorial
For those of you that need to see how all the procedures described in this article are done, you can watch this video and go through all the steps of working with live folders on the Windows 10 Start Menu:
The live folders from Windows 10's Start Menu are missing something:
While testing this new feature from Windows 10 Creators Update, we found a few things missing, which should be added to the live folders feature:
- Live folders cannot be named, or renamed for that matter. Although they're very useful as they are right now, helping us organize stuff on our Start Menus, live folders would definitely be even more useful if they were easier to identify. And what better way of identifying something than to give it a name, just like you do with groups of shortcuts and tiles.
- Live folders are not exactly "live". If you've used a Windows smartphone, you know that the live folders that you create on the Start screen are live, meaning that the tiles inside them display live information from within their apps. You can see this information even if a live folder is shrunk, on your smartphone with Windows 10. In Windows 10 for PCs, the live folders don't display anything when they're shrunk/closed, except for the static icons of the tiles and shortcuts that are found inside.
The Creators Update brings many new features to Windows 10 and one of the most useful of them is the fact that you can now create live folders on its Start Menu. And, as you've seen, it's very easy to customize them to your needs. On the other hand, the live folders could definitely be improved further. What's your opinion on this?