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For easy access to your favorite apps and most-used settings, here’s how to customize the Start Menu in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

  1. Resize the Start menu: You can change the size of the Start menu by clicking and dragging the top or right edge of the menu.
  2. Pin and Unpin items: You can pin items, such as apps and folders, to the Start menu for quick access. Right-click on an item and select “Pin to Start” to add it to the menu. To remove an item, right-click on it and select “Unpin from Start.”
  3. Customize the Start menu layout: You can change the layout of the Start menu by going to Settings > Personalization > Start. Here you can choose between a full-screen Start menu or a traditional menu. You can also choose which items appear on the Start menu, such as frequently used apps, most used apps, and recently added apps.
  4. Create and edit tile groups: You can create tile groups to organize the apps and shortcuts on the Start menu. To create a group, right-click on an empty space on the Start menu and select “New group.” To edit a group, right-click on the group and select “Name group.”
  5. Customize the Start menu background: You can change the background of the Start menu by going to Settings > Personalization > Colors. Here you can choose a background color and accent color for the Start menu and taskbar.
  6. Customize the Start menu with third-party tools: There are many third-party tools available that allow you to customize the Start menu in Windows. Some popular options include “Classic Shell,” “Start10,” and “Start Menu 8.”

By customizing the Start menu in Windows, you can personalize your experience and make it easier to access the apps and shortcuts you use most often. Keep in mind that some customization options may not be available on all versions of Windows.


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