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Your favorite Start Menu is back in Windows 10 with more customizable option it used to have in Windows 7. It’s a fantastic feeling to get it back, with more personalize things and its live tiles addition is really likable. It’s expected that Microsoft will continue to add more things over the time. There’s a big empty hole on the left side of the Start menu which you can’t fill up with just anything you want.


Here is a quick rundown in what all ways it can be customized.

Trim the Start Menu

By simply moving your cursor to the top edge of the tart Menu you can resize it according to your choice and screen. But if you have pinned live tiles, it’ll make the Start Menu wider.

Pin and Unpin Tiles

It’s very easy to pin and unpin tiles. To unpin ant tile, just simply right-click on the tile you want to unpin and then selecting Unpin option.

And if you could not actually pinned a tile to the Start Menu, you can find it using the All Apps view and Pin it to the Start Screen by right-clicking on the app of your choice. Plus, if you want to Pin your regular apps on the right-hand side, you can do that as well.

 Resize Live Tiles

You can not only resize the Start menu, but also the tiles. To change the size of the tiles right-clicking on them, select the option Resize and then choose a size according to your choice from the multiple sizes. But make sure that you choose an appropriate size not a weird one which acquire too large or too small space and look ridiculous.

Turn Off Live Tile Updates

It may be possible that blinking tiles can be

If all those blinking tiles end up annoy you, so just “Turn live tile off” by right-clicking on them and choosing the same option.

Change the Color of Start Menu /Taskbar

To change the color of your Start Menu and Taskbar, right-click any empty space and select Personalize. Now a Color and Appearance dialog will display, from here you can change the color to any attractive style that you want.

Pin Programs from the Left Side of the Start Menu

Although it’s not quite intuitive, but you can pin programs from the left side of the Start Menu as well. To do the same, you need to drag and drop the shortcut for the program to the Start Button which will show you the tooltip change “Pin to Start menu,” which is your cue to drop it there. Once you’ve done so, it will pin that application to the left side of the Start Menu immediately. If you want to drag and drop your applications up or down, you can do that as well.

But it seems odd that you can pin things to the right or left but you can’t drag and drop from right to left or vice-versa.

If you want to remove anything that you put on the left side, you just need to right-click and select the option “Remove from this list.”

Add Control Panel and Special Items to the Left Side of the Start Menu

There are some built-in shortcuts which you can add to the left side of the Start Menu. To do so, first of all you need to find a setting screen then right-click on any white margin and select the option ‘Properties’. Now switch to the Start Menu tab, and then click on the Customize button. Now inside of this dialog you need to choose your special items which you want to pin to the Start Menu.

The Control Panel is really interesting as it have Jump Lists to pin frequent sections into a folder that expands out. For Internet Explorer, inside the folder, you may have a set of pinned websites.

Remove All Live Tiles to Look it Like Windows 7

It’s a best practice to keep your Start Menu as simple as possible. Just remove all of the silly and unnecessary live tiles to make it look more like Windows 7. Unpin all the items on the right side, set the items on the left side which you want to keep, and then resize it down till the time it looks good.

Natalie Green is an experienced technical content writer. She is working with a computer repair service provider company and likes to write unique and informative articles on latest technology and apps. In this article she discuss about Windows 10 features and customization.