How do I customize the Start Menu on Windows 10?

The Start Menu is the central hub for everything in Windows 10, and because of that, its default look is very "stock".

The good news is there are plenty of ways to customize the Start Menu to make it fit your personal style. From resizing tiles, to changing the color, and even picking what folders you see, we'll show you all the ways you can change it up.

How to change the size of the Start Menu in Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start Menu button. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner.
  2. Move your cursor to the top edge of the Start Menu so your cursor looks like a double-sided arrow.

    Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner and then move your cursor to the top edge of the Start Menu so your cursor looks like a double-sided arrow.

  3. Click and drag up or down to resize the Start Menu.
  4. Let go.

    Click and drag up or down to resize the Start Menu and then let go.

How to enable full screen mode for the Start Menu in Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start Menu button. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner.
  2. Click on Settings.

    Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner and then click on Settings.

  3. Click on Personalization.
  4. Click on Start.

    Click on personalization and then click on Start.

  5. Click on the switch below the Use Start full screen heading.

    Click on the switch below the heading use Start full screen.

How to pin an application to the Start Menu in Windows 10

If you want an application to appear in your Start Menu, you can easily pin it from anywhere on your computer. In this example we will just use an application on the desktop; however, the process is the same from anywhere on your Windows 10 PC.

  1. Right click on the application you want added to the Start Menu.
  2. Click on Pin to Start.

    Right click on the aplication you want added to the Start Menu and then click on Pin to Start.

How to unpin an application from the Start Menu in Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner.
  2. Right click on the application you want to unpin.

    Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner and then right click on the application from the Start Menu.

  3. Click on Unpin from Start.

    Click on Unpin from Start.

How to change the size of tiles in the Start Menu in Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner.
  2. Right click on the application you want to resize.

    Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner and then right click on the aplication you want to resize.

  3. Click on Resize.
  4. Click on the option you want. They are as follows:

    • Small: This is the size of the Cortana tile in our example below.
    • Medium: This is the size of the Skype video tile in our example below.
    • Wide: This is the size of the Store tile in our example below.
    • Large: This is the size of the Mail tile in our example below.

    Click on resize and then click on the option you want.

How to move tiles in the Start Menu in Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner.
  2. Click and hold on the tile you want to move.

    Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner and then click and hold on the tile you want to move.

  3. Drag the tile to the position you want.
  4. Let go.

    Drag the tile to the position you want.

How to turn off live tiles in the Start Menu in Windows 10

Live tiles are the tiles that show information on them while in the Start Menu. It almost looks like a slideshow and if you don't like this feature, you can turn it off.

  1. Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner.
  2. Right click on the live tile you want to turn off.

    Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner and then right click on the live til you want to turn off.

  3. Click on More.
  4. Click on Turn live tile off.

    Click on more and then click on Turn live tile off.

How to change the color of the Start Menu in Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner.
  2. Click on Settings.

    Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner and then click on Settings.

  3. Click on Personalization.
  4. Click on Colors.

    Click on personalization and then click on colors.

  5. Click on the color you want.

    Click on the color you want.

How to add folders to the Start Menu in Windows 10

On the left side of the Start Menu (not the side with the tiles) you can add certain Windows 10 folders to show up there, making it quicker to access them. By default the File Explorer and Settings are the only folders listed there.

  1. Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner.
  2. Click on Settings.

    Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner and then click on Settings.

  3. Click on Personalization.
  4. Click on Start.

    Click on personalization and then click on start.

  5. Click on Choose which folders appear on Start.
  6. Click on the switch under the folder you want to add.

    Click on choose which folders appear on start and then click on the switch under the folder you want to add.

You can easily reverse this action by following these exact same steps.

How to rename groups of tiles in the Start Menu in Windows 10

In the Start Menu, you will notice titles above groups of tiles. The default titles are "Life at a glance" and "Play and explore." You can change these headings at anytime.

  1. Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner.
  2. Click on the title you want to change.

    Click on the Start Menu. It's the Windows icon in the bottom left corner and then click on the title you want to change.

  3. Delete the text in the type field.
  4. Type the new title you want.

    Delete the text in the type field and then type the new tile you want.