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In the lower-left corner of Windows 10 is the Start Menu . Although the start menu is more advanced than before, it is still familiar. We can go to the Start Menu to launch applications. To access the Start Menu, left click on the Windows symbol. You can also access it with your keyboard by selecting the key that has this same symbol on it (usually located in the lower-left of your keyboard).
Features within the Start Menu
The default layout of the Start Menu contains three main sections: side menu, menu container and tile container. Review the image below to familiarize yourself with the Start Menu features.
1. Side Menu
Select the Windows symbol in the bottom of your side menu to open and close your start menu. The next symbol up is the power button. When selected, you have the option to Shut down or Restart your computer or put it in a Sleep mode. While in Sleep mode, the PC stays on but uses lower power. Applications stay open so when the PC wakes up, you are instantly back to where you left off. Wake the PC up by using your keyboard or mouse. When selecting Shut Down, all applications will close and the PC will shut down. When you want to close all applications, shut down the PC and start it back up immediately, select Restart.
The settings icon will open up Windows Settings when selected. Select our Windows 10 Settings tutorial for more in depth information in settings.
The next folders you see are used to access our pictures, documents and finally our account profile.
Customize the Start Menu
You have the option to choose which folders are visible in your start menu. Right click on the picture folder, and then select Personalize this list.
The menu shown in the image to the left will appear. As you can see, you can turn folders on to appear in your side menu or turn them off to remove them from your side menu.
Make your adjustments and select the “X” in the top right corner to close out the menu.
2. Menu Container
All of your applications are in the menu container. They are grouped according to their first letter, recently added and most used applications. Right click on one of your applications for additional options (as shown in the image to the right).
From this menu, you can uninstall the application from your computer and/or pin the application to your start menu and taskbar.
3. Tile Container
In the right side of your start menu, you will find your applications stored in tile containers. You can customize the tile containers by resizing each individual application, adding additional tile containers, removing tile containers, renaming tile containers, remove tiles and more.
To begin, let’s resize a tile. Right click on a tile or application and a menu will open (as shown in the image below). Select Resize and an additional menu will open with the different size options.
We know that the current size of the tile is Wide because there is a check mark beside it. Select your new size and the menu will close and the tile/application will be updated to the new size.
In the image above, you also have the option to Uninstall the application. Remove the tile from the tile container by selecting Unpin from Start. Select More and you will have the additional options shown to the right. When you select Turn Live Tile off, that specific tile will no longer update.
Move your tile to another tile container by left clicking on the tile and dragging it to the new location.
Change the name of your tile container by selecting the title. The title area will turn from black to white and you will now have the ability to add or remove text.
A tile container will automatically be removed if every tile within the container is unpinned.
You can resize the start menu vertically and horizontally by left clicking the edge of the menu with your mouse and dragging it.
There are other customization's you can do on your start menu. Right click on your desktop and select Personalize.
when the settings window opens, select Start. Review your options for the start menu. You can turn the options on or off by clicking on the slider symbol:
You can update the color of your tiles by selecting Colors from the settings menu. You are given a variety of colors to choose from. Make your color selection and the change will show in the preview screen above the color choices.
Locating an Application
After launching your Start Menu, locate an application using these different methods:
1. Search through the alphabetically listed applications in the menu container.
2. Search through applications shown in the tile container(s).
3. Select the search function to the right of the Start Menu to type in and search for an application (as shown in the image to the right).