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Setting up the Windows 10 Start menu correctly Tips and tricks

With Windows 10, Microsoft has reinstalled the start menu. This differs in its operation from the older start menus. The new start menu can be used with or without tiles. The search function is identical to that of Windows 8. It is sufficient to type in the name of the program or file and the result is then displayed in the right field.

With Windows 10 1607 (Anniversary Update), Microsoft has revised the start menu again. Now you no longer have to go to the start list via "All apps", but have it directly in the start menu. We'll show you how to properly configure the start menu, change colors and more.

Also interesting: Set up Windows 10 correctly:


This tutorial is suitable for Windows 10 2004 and above, 1909, 1903, 1809, and below.

The tutorial will of course be updated further. You can help too. Send us your message using the tip box.

Remove advertisements in the start menu

Immediately after installing Windows 10, you will find many "colorful" tiles in the start menu. Some of them are preinstalled as advertising and you can then install this app from the store with a click.

Here, however, a right-click on the tile -> Remove is sufficient. Because these tiles are only provided with a link to the store and are not yet preinstalled.

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The Windows 10 start menu with tiles

If you attach an app program or folder by right-clicking "Attach to the start menu", this tile is attached to the right-hand area when the "small" start menu is activated.

With the Windows 10 1709 (Fall Creators Update) the start menu gets the fluent design. You can see this when you move your mouse over "All Apps".

With a right click on the tile, or the entry under the left start list view, you can open the app (program), detach it from the start menu or pin it to the taskbar.

The standard is 3 middle tiles next to each other. As many tiles as you want can be attached to a group. But then you have to scroll to see all apps.

An app in a new group is also displayed below with a small start menu. If you make the start menu a little wider, this tile will then be displayed next to the first group.

Set the start menu with 3 or 4 tiles

If you do not only want 3 tiles next to each other in the start menu, but 4, then you have to go to the settings.

  • Open the start menu / settings, or press Win + i
  • Personalization / Start
  • Now set "Show more tiles in the start menu" to On.

Now you can use 4 tiles next to each other in the start menu.

Set the start menu in Windows 10 without tiles

Windows 10 1703 and higher


If you want a simple start menu without tiles in Windows 10, then proceed as follows:

  • Detach all tiles from the start menu by right-clicking.
  • Move the mouse to the right edge of the start menu until you can see a double arrow.
  • Now, with the mouse pressed down, reduce the width of the start menu until only the start list is visible.
    • This removes the possibility of enlarging the start menu to full. The diagonal arrows disappear.
  • It is now also possible to increase the height of the start menu.


Keyboard shortcuts:

  • The width of the start menu can be set with Ctrl + right / left arrow.
  • With Ctrl + arrow up / down you can adjust the height of the start menu.

Sort tiles in folders

With Windows 10 1703 it is possible to pack tiles into individual folders in the start menu. This saves space with many tiles and you can sort the apps very well.

To create a folder, slide one tile onto the other. The lower tile becomes a little bigger and you can now let go of the tile. A folder will now be created automatically.

  • Tip: For it to work, the lower tile should be at least the medium size.

If you want to remove an app from the folder, drag it from the "folder area" to the start menu. It was here too.

Labeling the folder alone is currently not possible.

Delete group with tiles from the start menu

From the Windows 10 1903 it will also be possible to remove a whole group of tiles from the start menu.

To do this, right-click on the group name and click on "Detach group from start". This saves time, especially after installing Windows 10.

Prevent the menu bar from being displayed

With Windows 10 1909, Microsoft converted the display of the menu bar from clicking on the Hamburg menu into a mouseover function.

If you move the mouse to the left, the menu will now appear. If you don't like it, you can undo it.

Hide all apps appliste (A-Z) in the start menu

With Windows 10 1607, Microsoft has now added the All Apps column directly.

From Windows 10 1703 it is possible to hide all apps (app list).

  • Open settings via the start menu, or press Windows key + i
  • Personalization -> on the left then start
  • Now click on the "Show app list in the start menu" switch Out put

That's it already. Now you can switch back and forth between the tiles and All apps in the start menu.

If there are further possibilities, we will use the tutorial under

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Show all apps menu A-Z

You know it from Windows 10 Mobile, the preview of the apps from A-Z. To reach this display in the Windows 10 start menu, open the start menu, click on Most used, the # character or the individual letters and you will be given the selection from A-Z.

Assign group names in the start menu

If you want to assign a name to the individual groups of tiles, click above the tiles.

Or you drag a tile down and you can immediately see the area in which you can type the name.

If the start menu is then expanded, the groups are then arranged horizontally.

Activate Deactivate transparency in the start menu

If you want to deactivate the transparency in the start menu, you can do so now.

  • For this you have to click on Settings in the start menu (or Win + i)
  • personalization
  • Colours
  • Windows 10 1703 - Set "Transparency Effects" to Off
  • Windows 10 1607 - At the bottom then "Start menu, taskbar and info center make transparent" to On or Off

The start menu is now displayed either slightly transparent or opaque, i.e. without transparency.

Start menu change the settings

The settings for the start menu can be accessed by:

  • Open the start menu / Settings
  • Personalization and left then start

Here are the settings:

  • Show more tiles in the start menu - 3 or 4 tiles of medium size are displayed next to each other
  • Show app list in the start menu - All apps are either shown or hidden (from Windows 10 1703)
  • Show recently added apps - The newly installed apps or updates appear in this list
  • Show most used apps - The more you use an app or program, the higher it will appear in this list
  • Show occasional suggestions in the start menu - This is where apps from the store or Microsoft Edge are advertised
    • The entry in the registry for this is:
    • Press Windows key + R, enter regedit and start
    • Go to the path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ ContentDeliveryManager
    • Right then double click SystemPaneSuggestionsEnabled and set the value to 0.
  • Use the start menu in full screen mode - The start screen is displayed over the entire monitor (as in Windows 8)
  • Show recently opened items in jump list or on the taskbar - This can be reached by right-clicking on the app or icon for programs that also offer this feature.
  • Select folders that appear in the start menu - See image. Here you can display various folders on the far left in the start menu as icons in order to open them more quickly.

Show important programs in the start menu at the top

The programs in the start menu are sorted by letters. You either have to scroll often or select the program by clicking on a letter and the menu A-Z.

If you want your favorite programs always at the top of the list of programs in the start menu, you can do this with a trick.

  • In File Explorer go to the folder C: \ ProgramData \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Start Menu \ Programs

In order to see not only the file name, but also the file extension, one must in the file explorer:

  • Click the View tab
  • Check the box next to: filename extension

If you also want to see hidden files, the check must also be made for:

  • Hidden elements are set.



In order to make the files protected by Windows visible you have to,

  • Click the View tab
  • Right options
  • View tab
  • Uncheck: Hide protected system files (recommended)
  • There you can now select your program, which you often use.
  • Right click on Rename. Place the mouse pointer in front of the first letter. Then hold down the Alt key and enter 0160 one after the other on the Numpad.

That's it already. The program that was renamed now appears above the programs in # like 3D-Builder or 7zip in the list under &

Any other program that should appear at the top of the start menu can be renamed in the same way.

How to add more programs to the start menu can be found below.

Windows 10 open start menu faster

If you want the start menu and, as a side effect, the Windows window to open faster, you can change this in the settings of the performance options.

And so it goes:

  • Press Win + R
  • rundll32.exe shell32.dll, Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl ,, 3 copy in and start
  • Performance based on settings
  • In the new window, uncheck: "Animations when minimizing and maximizing windows"

That's it already.

Windows 10 start menu and tiles change color

If you have the "normal" settings with color automatically by right-clicking on the desktop / customize / colors, then the color of the start menu adapts to the colors of the background / wallpaper. Just like the window colors or the taskbar.

  • Start menu / settings
  • personalization
  • On the left then colors

Here you can either automatically set the color for the wallpaper by ticking the box or removing it from: "Automatically select an accent color from my background".

You can also set the colors of the taskbar and the start menu to be differentiated from the tiles and other views by clicking on Show accent color on the following areas ":" Start, taskbar and info center set the controller to OFF. Then you get to see a different tile view.


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Another way is to use the color mixer as well:

  • Press Win + R and Control color or rundll32.exe shell32.dll, Control_RunDLL desk.cpl, Advanced, @ Advanced copy in and start.
  • Here you select a color and optionally fade in the color mixer in order to be able to set the brightness etc. separately.
  • With an OK, the color settings are now adopted.
  • Important: However, this changes the color settings for the entire system. And in the settings, the automatic accent color must be set to Off.

Always open the start menu in full screen

If you always want to open the start menu in full size, as you were used to from the start screen, you have two options for displaying the start menu in full screen.

Version 1:

  • Open the start menu / settings
    • Or just press Win + i
  • Personalization / Start

Under start behavior

  • "Use the start menu in full screen mode A put

Variant 2:

  • Open the notification in the info area (info center in the systray) and activate the tablet mode there.
  • However, this has the disadvantage that not only the start menu but also all apps and windows open in full screen mode.

Automatically display the Windows 10 start menu in full screen after the start

If you want to see your start menu in full screen mode immediately after starting Windows 10, you can read the tutorial once.

Since it is a little longer, we have outsourced it once.

Show all apps - start list in full screen mode

By default, the apps and start list are hidden in full screen mode on the left. Here it is sufficient to press the symbol for All Apps and all apps are displayed in alphabetical order as in Windows 8 on the full screen.


Or you can use the "Hamburger Menu" at the top left to display the settings.

Create your own tiles with your own background, color, icon

The tiles of the apps all look better, for example from a folder, program or a system shortcut.

But you can change that and create your own tiles.

We have outsourced how to do this, if further tools are added.

Mostly used to deactivate in the start menu

Important:Show most used apps grayed out - Windows 10 solution

If you want to see the list of programs in the start menu Most used do not get displayed, then you can deactivate this list in the start menu.

And so it goes:

  • Open the start menu / Settings / Personalization
  • Left start
  • Right then "Show most used apps" on Out put

In the registry:

  • Press Win + R, enter regedit and start.
    • Or enter regedit in the search on the taskbar and start it
  • Go to the path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  • Right then a right click / New / DWORD value (32-bit)
  • Surname NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList

Now double click on it and set the value to 1.

Now restart Explorer.exe or restart it completely and the entries in the Start menu Most used are gone.

If you want to undo it, you can simply delete the new key or set the value to 1 0.

Now you can add the space for further folders from Settings / Personalization / Start / Customize list without the start menu increasing in height.

Most used apps are grayed out

Should it happen that in Settings -> Personalization -> Start the "Most used apps" should be grayed out, you have to make a change under Data Protection.

  • Back to Settings -> Privacy -> General
  • Allow Windows to track the launch of apps to improve startup and search results set to on.

That's it already.

Reset most used apps in the start menu

If you have hidden some of them by right-clicking in the start menu under "Most used apps" and would like to see them again in the list, you can proceed as follows.

  • Settings -> Privacy -> General tab "Allow Windows to track the launch of apps to improve startup and search results" on Out put.
  • Wait a few seconds and then turn it back on.
  • Set Settings -> Personalization -> Start -> "Show Most Used Apps" to ON

Now the programs and apps that you have hidden appear again under Most used.

Thanks to kaeptnblei for the tip.

Create new folders in the All Apps start menu

If you want to set up your own order in the start list from the start menu, you can create folders and fill them with shortcuts.

All you have to do is:

  • Go to C: \ Users \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Start Menu \ Programs. (Single user)

In order to see not only the file name, but also the file extension, in the File Explorer you have to:

  • Click the View tab
  • Check the box next to: filename extension

If you also want to see hidden files, the check must also be made for:

  • Hidden elements are set.



In order to make the files protected by Windows visible you have to,

  • Click the View tab
  • Right options
  • View tab
  • Uncheck: Hide protected system files (recommended)
  • Here you can now create a folder and connections from installed programs.
    • If portable programs or an * .exe itself is copied into the folder, the folder is not displayed in the start menu. Here, too, links must be created, which are then copied / moved into the folders.

Note: Nested (cascaded) folders, i.e. one folder within the folder does not work.

If everything goes well, the folder is immediately displayed under All apps in the start list of the start menu.

Another folder would then be:

  • C: \ ProgramData \ Microsoft \ Windows \ StartMenu \ Programs (All users)
    • Among other things, there are folders here that were taken over during an upgrade from Windows 7.

A note from Manuel: He has a new folder under

C: \ Users \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Start Menu

created directly and it worked for him there too.

Add programs to the All Programs Start menu

If you have portable programs that do not need to be installed, they do not appear under All apps.

But these programs can also be added. And so it goes:

  • Press Windows Key + R. shell: programs enter and start
  • Incidentally, open the folder in which the program is located with Win + E.
  • The programNow drag .exe with a right click into the Applications folder and click on Create shortcut in the context menu.

Now you only need to open the start menu and the program will be displayed under "Recently added" and under All apps.

Show clock time in the start menu Windows 10

If you want to see not only the date but also the time in the start menu in the start menu, you can set this without any problems.

  • To do this, go to All apps in the start menu and start the Alarm & Clock app
  • Under World Clock, right-click on Local Time and pin it to the start menu.

If you would like to have another time in the start menu, click on the plus sign under World Time, type in the name of the city and display it. Then right-click here too and the clock is pinned to the start menu.

Pin web pages to the Start menu or under All Apps

If you want the browser to always start with a certain page, or if a browser that is not set as the standard browser starts with a certain website, you have several options for doing this.

We have outsourced that once:

Pin Excel Word or Text files to the start menu

With a little trick, documents can also be attached to the start menu.

To do this, you have to add an entry to the registry.

We'll show you how to do it under:

Pin system settings to the start menu

If you want to attach individual system settings to the start menu, you can do this too.

To do this, open the start menu, click on Settings and now select the function in the settings that you use more often.

In the left-hand list, or the individual system categories directly, a right-click "Pin to start" is sufficient to display this tile in the start menu.

Calculate with the start menu without a computer

If the web search is not deactivated, see: Deactivate Cortana Windows 10 then the simplest arithmetic tasks can be solved in the start menu.

No matter whether adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. The tasks are solved by the Bing search.

However, you should be careful when converting terabytes to gigabytes or megabytes. In any case, the conversions did not work out when I tried.

Clean up the Start menu Remove entries

In the older version of Windows 10, only 512 entries were possible in the start menu. Therefore, there were problems when you had more entries in the start menu. If you still want to clean up, you can of course do so anyway.

How many entries you already have can be checked in PowerShell.

  • Enter PowerShell in the search on the taskbar and right-click to start it as administrator
  • Get-StartApps | measure Copy with a right click and paste in PowerShell with a right click and press Enter.
  • The number is now displayed.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to simply delete an entry / link under All Apps.

If you want to delete an entry, right click on it and select Open file path.

The following path is possible:

  • C: \ ProgramData \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Start Menu \ Programs
  • C: \ Users \ Administrator \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Start Menu \ Programs

These are hidden folders: just expand +

In order to see not only the file name, but also the file extension, in the File Explorer you have to:

  • Click the View tab
  • Check the box next to: filename extension

If you also want to see hidden files, the check must also be made for:

  • Hidden elements are set.



In order to make the files protected by Windows visible you have to,

  • Click the View tab
  • Right options
  • View tab
  • Uncheck: Hide protected system files (recommended)


Windows 10 saves these entries here. Exceptions are the apps and system apps, such as weather, Cortana, music, etc.

In the two folders you can now delete entries that you no longer need.

Make a backup from the start menu

If you have moved your tiles the way you want, you want to save these settings. A small tool with the name makes it possible Backup Start Menu Layout. You can read how it works on our blog.

Swap start menu Change list of folders

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In the start menu you can also display the File Explorer, Music, Videos, Downloads and other folders to the left of the Settings.

These are handy, but not everyone uses this list of folders. But you can also exchange the links and create your own links. See image.

We'll show you how to do that now. An account with administrator rights is required here. Changes cannot be saved with a standard account.

First, open the File Explorer and enter this path in the address bar above:

  • % ProgramData% \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Start Menu Places

Here you can now see all the folders that you also select in Settings / Personalization / Start / Folders that are displayed in the Start menu.

  • Now right click for example on music and rename. Here you enter control panel as in the example and confirm the change.
  • This is followed by another right click on the properties. The path can now be changed here.
  • For the system control it would be under target: C: \ WINDOWS \ system32 \ control.exe
  • Below you enter under Execute in :: C: \ WINDOWS \ system32 \.
  • You confirm this and also the security message.

That's it already. Now you have exchanged music and videos for the control panel or all tasks (GodMode) as shown in the picture. See also Start all GodMode tasks and pin them to the taskbar Windows 10

Reset the Windows 10 start menu

These instructions will not work in the final version of Windows 10. We will update the section if there is another possibility.

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As in Windows 8.x, the appsFolder.itemdata-ms file is responsible for the start menu and the start screen.

If you got bogged down with the start menu and would like to reset it to the standard, then you have to go the following way:

  • To the path C: \ Users \Your nameGo to \ AppData \ Local \ Microsoft \ Windows
  • Click on the File tab and open the command prompt there.
  • Now open the command prompt as administrator on the right

Now the command prompt (cmd.exe) opens with the correct path. Be sure to leave this window open.

  • Hold down CTRL + Shift (up arrow) and right-click on the taskbar.
  • Exit Explorer appears at the bottom. (No panic)

Now in the command prompt one after the other (copy Ctrl + C and paste Ctrl + V in the cmd.exe)

  • del appsfolder.menu.itemdata-ms
  • del appsfolder.menu.itemdata-ms.bak

and press Enter.

Now restart Explorer.exe again

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + ESC
  • File / New Task
  • Enter Explorer.exe and press OK.

That's it already.

The saved settings have now been deleted. After restarting the file explorer you will see the start menu, just like after a new installation.

Activate jump list in the start menu [Edit]

The jump list in the start list of the start menu is indicated by an arrow. If you click on it, the list is automatically displayed.

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