How to choose and show select Folders on Start Menu in Windows 10

Did you know that you could choose and display select folders on the left side of the Windows 10 Start Menu? If the idea appeals to you, then this post will show you how to show select Folders on the Start Menu.

Choose which folders appear on Start Menu

To begin, From the WinX Menu open Windows Settings > Personalization > Start.

choose which folders appear on Start

Towards the bottom, you will see a link Choose which folders appear on Start. Click on it to open the following panel.

choose and show select Folders on Start Menu

Here, by toggling the slider to On, you can opt to display the following items on the Start Menu:

  • File Explorer
  • Settings
  • Documents
  • Downloads
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • HomeGroup
  • Network
  • Personal folder.

Select the items you want to display and open your Start Menu.

start menu folders

You will see the folders being displayed on the left side of the Windows 10 Start Menu.

Hope you find this small tip useful!

Choose which folders appear on Start grayed out

If this Choose which folders appear on Start option is unavailable & grayed out in your Settings, see if this helps.

Create a system restore point first and then open an elevated CMD and execute the following commands:

cd C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows
ren "Start Menu Places" "Start Menu Places Originals"

Now open C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows and create a new folder named Start Menu Places here. You may need to Show hidden files, folders and drives first.

Restart your PC and sign in using another local account and check. If you do not have other local accounts, create one first.

Now using this other local account, copy all the shortcut files from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu Places Original folder to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu Places folder.

Restart and log in with your original account and see if it has helped.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.