How to turn the Windows 10 Start Menu into a single column, like in Windows 10 Mobile

If there's one thing Windows smartphones fans like about their devices is the way tiles are displayed on the Start screen. There's something beautiful about the simple and minimalistic way shortcuts, tiles, and information are displayed on Windows 10 Mobile. While the Start Menu in Windows 10 for computers is very similar, what's different about it is that it takes a lot more screen space and it is not so neatly organized. Fortunately, you can make the Start Menu in Windows 10 look simpler and very similar to what you see on Windows 10 Mobile. All you need is a few minutes and a couple of clicks and taps:

Making the Start Menu in Windows 10 like the Start screen in Windows 10 Mobile

By default, the Start Menu in Windows 10 looks something like this: You see the Apps list and two columns of tiles. It looks ok, but it is not as beautiful as the Start screen in Windows 10 Mobile.

What we want is to make the Start Menu look very similar to the Start screen in Windows 10 Mobile, meaning like this.

Now, let's see the default Start screen in Windows 10 Mobile, to understand the resemblance better. It's very good looking, isn't it?

If you want to do the same with your Windows 10 Start Menu, follow the steps below:

Step. 1 Hide the "All apps" list from the Start Menu

First of all, you'll have to get rid of the "All apps" list from your Start Menu. This one:

To hide this list from view, open the Settings app and navigate to "Personalization -> Start." There, turn Off the switch for "Show app list in Start Menu."

Close the Settings app and open the Start Menu. It should now look like this:

Step 2. Remove the second (and third) tiles column from the Start Menu

If you want your Start Menu to look more like the Start screen in Windows 10 Mobile, now you must get rid of the second column of tiles (and the third column, if you have one).

To do that, open your Start Menu and then resize it. Hover your mouse cursor (or touch with your finger, if you have a touchscreen) on the right edge of the Start Menu and then drag it to the left.

This action shrinks the Start Menu and moves all the tiles from the second column (and third column if you have one) on the bottom of the first column of tiles. You should now have a Start Menu that looks like this:

Which is what you want: a simple Start Menu with a single column of tiles and shortcuts that looks like the Start screen from smartphones with Windows 10 Mobile.


As you can see, simplifying the Start Menu from Windows 10 is easy and making it look like the Start screen of a Windows smartphone can be done in very little time. Do you like the default way Start Menu looks like in Windows 10? Or do you prefer making it simpler, as we've shown in this guide? Tell us in the comments below.