What you need to know
- A new version of Start10 is now available.
- Version 1.75 adds a dark mode to the mix, blending in with Windows 10's dark mode.
- The theme is available across Start10's Windows 7, Modern, and Windows 10-inspired styles.
The latest update, version 1.75, adds a dark mode for Start10's various start menu styles. In keeping with Stat10's purpose, the goal of the dark mode is to make it mesh with Windows 10's dark mode in a way that makes the Start menu user experience better.
If you're unfamiliar with Start10, the tool was created to give Windows 10 users a way to customize the look of their Start menus. You can choose different themes for the menu, ranging from a Windows 7 style to "Modern" and Windows 10-inspired themes. If you aren't quite happy with the way Microsoft changed the Start menu in Windows 10, then Start10 offers some alternatives.
Along with the general layout selections, Start10 includes options to filter searches in the Start menu, quick links for core system functions, an granular folders, and textures for the background and taskbar.
Start10 is available as a 30-day trial (opens in new tab) for free, and you can pick it up for $5 at the end of the trial. It's also available as part of Stardock's full Object Desktop suite, which includes several other tools for customizing Windows.
Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love
Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.
VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank (opens in new tab) ($13 at Dell)
This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.
Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (opens in new tab) (From $13 at Dell)
Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger (opens in new tab) fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.
Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad (opens in new tab) ($30 at Dell)
This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.
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A must for every Windows 10 install since Microsoft can't develop a proper start menu for desktop users.
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