Now that Windows 10 has been released and tried worldwide, it’s time to understand how to make the most of Microsoft’s newest operating system. This most recent incarnation of Windows attempts to combine the best of Windows 8 with the beloved parts of the original Start Menu, which users can customize once they install Windows 10. Here are a few tips to tailor appearance and use to your personal preferences:
- Change the Size and Shape of the Start Menu: The default size and shape of your Start Menu depends on the screen’s resolution, but it is automatically quite large no matter how you slice it. To change it into a square or slender rectangle with your desired dimensions, simply hover with your mouse along the menu’s edge until the cursor changes to double arrows, then click and drag the edge where you want it to be.
- Adjust the Appearance and Grouping of Live Tiles: Microsoft automatically adds Live Tiles on the Start Menu according to what programs and features it wants to highlight, but some of those may not be helpful for you. To remove or resize a tile, right-click on it and choose the preferred option. Drag and drop tiles to move them around and make your most-used features more accessible. You can also group your tiles into categories by dragging a tile into an empty space of the menu, which brings up a heading bar you can name; then, drop any other tiles that fit your new heading into your group.
- Change the Color of the Menu: To change your Start Menu to your favorite hue, right click on an empty area of your Desktop. On the menu that pops up, choose “Personalize” then “Colors” to display a palette with all of the available options. Click on the shade you want, and your Start Menu will adopt that color. This also affects the color of other items like the bottom toolbar of your browser to make everything coordinate seamlessly.
- Customize Shortcuts on the Left Sidebar: You can choose the shortcuts you want on your left sidebar in a similar manner as you change the color of your Start Menu. Right-click on your desktop, and select “Personalize” then “Start.” From there, you can customize the shortcuts from pre-selected options or hand-pick which folders you want to appear.