Windows 10 brings back the start menu (a much maligned topic from previous posts) but no doubt there’ll be much rejoicing from the “bring back the button brigade”. Well as the old saying goes be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. Yes the buttons back but it’s a slightly different beast to what Windows 7 users are used to, as this article points out:-
Firstly the two split different between the UI and desktop view has “gone” so to speak, so unlike the earlier 8 which booted to UI and you had to switch. Version 10 like version 8.1 boots direct to the desktop, where the now standard Windows logo start button appears.
Firstly the “right click” on the button works the same as Windows 8.1 bringing up a text link to specific common features, The Shut down, File Explorer, Task Manager are all available from here. It’s the left click where the difference starts.
First and foremost on a desktop PC the view is a start menu, with the UI Titles attached to the right hand side. The left hand corner shows the User logged on, and directly opposite a power options button and the expand start (the four diagonal arrows).
Expand start will completely fill the screen with the UI, this seems to be the default view in tablet mode (which can be controlled from the Settings menu) the option toggles to Restore start menu once expanded.
Like earlier windows version the start menu has a “Most Used” section which is added to with the different applications that you launch and use. Right Clicking on one of these options in the Most used allow you to pin to the start or taskbar , Run as Administrator , or even remove them from the list with the new “Don’t show in this list” option.
The lower Left corner of the screen is the All apps option, this lists all of the applications operating system and downloaded available on the machine alphabetically like so:-
It’s possible to scroll through the list of all applications using the vertical scroll bar that runs alongside the list of applications. The right-click any app, and you’ll typically see four familiar options: Open, Uninstall, Pin to Start (or Unpin from Start if the app is already set up as a tile), and Pin to taskbar (or Unpin from taskbar if the app is already there). Simply click on the option you want to perform the action on.
Clicking the Back option that will always be visible at the bottom of the list of apps, will return you back to the defaults Start menu view.
Here’s where your right mouse button comes into play. For example, you want to add your Documents folder as a tile on the right side of the menu. Right-click the folder and click Pin to Start. A tile for your Documents appears on the right. Maybe you want to add your Documents folder to the taskbar instead. Right-click the folder and click Pin to Taskbar. Or maybe you want to remove the shortcut for your Documents folder from the menu entirely. Right-click the folder and click Remove from this List.
Groups and grouping tiles.
For users who are sticklers for a tidy menu, groups are still available to maintain set sections for apps.
Moving an application down out of an existing group, will create a new one. As shown in the screen shot on the side, the Skype icon has been moved down and created a gap between the groups.
Double clicking on top of group allows you to name the group, again referring the screen shot I’ve separated out the Preview Office for Windows 10. The three dots … in the group name allows you to click and hold the group and shuffle a group into the position so as to re – sequence them on the desktop.
Like the good old days
One important feature as with the older versions of Windows you can now determine which items appear in the Start menu list and how they behave, simply right-click the taskbar and click the Properties command. From the Taskbar and Start Menu properties window, click the tab for Start menu. In the Start Menu section, click the Customize button. You can now configure which items appear in the Start menu list and how they behave