How to customize Start Menu in Windows 10

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  1. Muliano

    Nice post, Anand. We can always depend on you to provide us with useful tips to improve usability.

  2. Thank you, Muliano. 🙂

  3. PJS

    Thanks for the post. I see the option to “Turn Live Tile Off” this is great! Can you configure or disable the “Most Used” and “Recently Added” areas of the menu? Also, I don’t see any pinned programs/apps (not live tiles), is that function available? My very first clicks would be to turn off those damnable live tiles but I suppose I could put up with the wonky “All Apps” functionality if I could pin enough to my menu (menu side, not live tiles) that I didn’t have to open it, ever. We might yet survive W8.

  4. Michael Jaxon

    Hello fellas! I’ve got a question! No matter how many apps I download at the same time, only one app(the last downloaded) shows up under the ‘Recently Added’. Why not all the apps I’ve recently added? Is it normal how its being shown?

  5. Kamlesh Panchal

    In my windows 10 pro, the “start menu tab” in “Taskbar and start menu properties” is missing…

  6. Barry Feldman

    Thanks for the post – it was helpful. It is still frustrating that the windows 10 start menu does not allow customization of which programs appear on the left. I know the right can be customized but the tiles are less recognizable than the classic icons, plus there doesn’t seem to be quick access to specific program files any more (windows 7 start menu was very convenient to have the custom-placed programs show an arrow which would display that program’s recently used files). Do you know of any way to do this?

  7. The best you can do is – you can right-click on each Tile and unpin it to make the Start look compact, giving it the classic look. Also does this help?

  8. questorfla

    Any idea what registry keys control the layouts? Or even what each”view” is called?
    The alphabetic listing is probably not best for everyone but I wish I could make it the default for myself. By that, I mean the final 0-9 and A-Z with no other isons allowing me to quickly navigate to the “R” programs. Even better would be an option to pick one by clicking the corresponding letter on the keyboard. I have a feeling this layout is more intended for the “tablet” displays but when you have hundreds of programs on your system and already know what you want, getting there would be so much easier with that type of access

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