Many people hated the Start screen in Windows 8. For most, it was too jarring a change from the traditional desktop. Microsoft has addressed this by bringing the old start menu back from Windows 7, but this time with a fresh design and more options that allow you to customise the menu to your liking. This start menu has a similar design to Windows 7 but integrates the tiles (including live tiles) from Windows 8. Here we'll show you how to customise the Windows 10 Start menu by adding and removing tiles, resizing them, creating groups and changing the colour. See also: Windows 10 release date, price and features

How to customize the Windows 10 start menu

Move tiles

To open the start menu, press the Windows key or the Windows logo on a tablet or hybrid device. You can, of course, just tap or click on the Windows logo at the bottom-left corner of the screen, too:

How to customise the Windows 10 start menu

To move a tile (in the right-hand area) click and hold the tile you want to move and the start menu should dim down. You can now drag the tile to the new position. Here we've moved the Mail tile:


 How to customise the Windows 10 start menu


Add a tile

Either use the search box to find the app you want to add, or click on the all apps link at the bottom left of the screen.
 

Right click on the app in the list and some options will pop up, select the 'Pin to Start' option.  

How to customise the Windows 10 start menu

The tile will then be added to the menu on the right:

How to customise the Windows 10 start menu

Remove a tile

Some of the default tiles may not be those you'll ever use. Right-click on the tile you want to remove. You should see four options on you screen, click on the option 'Unpin from start'. If live tiles bother you, just choose 'Turn live tile off' and it will revert to a static tile.

How to customise the Windows 10 start menu


Resize a tile

To resize a tile it's the same process. Right-click on the tile and then click or tap on the Resize option, and select the size you want. Not all sizes are available for all tiles, though.

How to customise the Windows 10 start menu
 

How to customise the Windows 10 start menu

Rename a Start menu group

To rename a group, click (or tap) on the text that's already there and change it to something more meaningful. If there's no text, as with a new group, tap or click on the area where the text would be and the editing box will appear.


 How to customise the Windows 10 start menu

Create a new group

To add a new group, you must click and drag an existing tile to the top or bottom of the start menu. Once you see a change in color (as in the image below), you can release the button to allow the new group to be created.

How to customise the Windows 10 start menu
 

Change the colour of the start menu

By default, Windows 10 will pick an 'accent' colour from your wallpaper. In this case, the khaki tone isn't to our taste. But it's fixable.

On the start menu click on the Settings button. In the new Settings menu, click on Personalisation.

How to customise the Windows 10 start menu

On the Personalisation menu, click on colours, then turn off the 'automatically pick an accent colour from my background' setting and choose the colour you want from the palette.

How to customise the Windows 10 start menu

Once you have picked a colour, scroll down to and turn on the seting called 'show colour on Start, taskbar and action centre. This will change the colour of the taskbar and the action centre as well as the Start menu to the colour you have just chosen.

How to customise the Windows 10 start menu

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