Microsoft has taken heed to user feedback and has introduced a new version of the Windows Start Menu in Windows 10. It’s something you’ve never seen before. It’s a combination of Windows 8 live tiles and the classic Windows 7 version the majority of users have come to love over the years.
If you’ve been waiting for this moment, you aren’t alone. Let’s look at what the Windows 10 Start Menu is, what it can do, and how it integrates the best of both OS versions.
The Windows 10 Start Menu
The first thing you’ll notice with Windows 10 is that it looks the same on the surface. You’re introduced to the modern UI from Windows 8, coupled with a brand spanking new Start Menu.
Click on the Start Button. We dare you.
Voila! You have the illusive Start Menu often promised in Windows 8 updates but never delivered. This is perhaps the biggest plus to Windows 10 and will have consumers sighing in relief.
As you’ll notice, the new Start Menu takes on traits from both Windows 7 and 8. You’ll be able to access and use live tiles, along with resizing, organizing, and changing them up as you see fit. It’s essentially the Start Screen squeezed down into the Start Menu of years past.
Win + X Menu Still Exists
The improved Win + X Menu’s still around if you left-click the Start Button as opposed to just clicking it to open the Start Menu. We’re not sure why Microsoft left this in, as most of these features can be found in the new Start Menu itself. It’s possible it will be removed before its final release.
Windows 10 Start Menu Live Tiles and Functionality
Within the confines of the Start Menu, you’ll find live tiles to the right, and the more familiar Start Menu layout to the left. Think of the left as the All Apps view from Windows 8 for now. You can add, move, and reorganize as you see fit.
If you right-click any live tile, you’ll see the options to resize, change, unpin, and more.
On the left-hand side of the Start Menu, you’ll notice folders have additional options.
If you click on it, you’ll see other files, folders, and options to interact with.
Changing the Color Scheme of the Windows 10 Start Menu
If you right-click in an open space on the Start Menu (it can be a bit tricky to find) you’ll be able to change the color scheme of the Start Menu, along with the rest of Windows, from there.
Click “Personalize” to do that.
You can choose whatever color you want, then click “Save changes” to implement them and revert if you need to.
As you can see, red may be a bold color, but we’re sure it’ll make us go blind if it’s our Start Menu color.
Windows 10 Start Menu Settings
Similar to how you could customize the Windows 7 Start Menu, several options have been added to the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties to help you continue that tradition.
If you right-click anywhere on the Taskbar, you’ll click on “Properties” to open the settings.
Click on “Start Menu” and you’ll have a couple of options to tinker with, but if you click “Customize,” you’ll get even more.
Drag and Drop is Back
The drag and drop feature from Windows 7, which was dropped from Windows 8, is back in Windows 10. You can now drag and drop items you want to pin to the Start Menu when you see fit.
While it isn’t exactly what Windows 8 users wanted, it’s a compromise between Windows 7 and Windows 8 had to offer in the form of its Start Menu and Start Screen. Once users get used to utilizing the Windows 10 Start Menu, it’ll become as easy as what they were used to before upgrading to Windows 8.
The Windows 10 Start Menu is a step in the right direction for consumer frustrated with the Windows 8 way of controlling your PC. If you ditched Windows 8, or used workarounds to go straight to the desktop and get a Start Menu back, you’ll have to give Windows 10 and its new Start Menu a shot.