Windows 10 Starting Over …

One of the key features of Windows 10, and the first article I covered trialling Windows 10 was the “return” of the Start menu. This feature, looks to warm that hearts of all the users that disliked the initial change to Windows 8 as it was removed, although it returned in 8.1 it wasn’t exactly the same as the older Windows 7 start, but users were generally happy.

Well it’s back in WIndows10 and got even better. New features in the later build 10130 allow you further configuration so you get what you need from the Start Menu, without it consuming so much screen as it did in the initial preview build releases.

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Customisation of the start menu now allows you to select  features so you can tune the menu to your preferences via the Settings app > Personalized > Start

For example after you’ve used a program on Windows 7 one of the common features was for it to then appear in the menu so you could use it again. Not always an ideal feature, as it would elbow out of the way other programs that you may really use frequently.  If you do want to keep your last used items, it’s a choice. You can also make the start menu fill the screen by default if required, to show more.

As you can see you can now control the feature. But what about what’s already on the start menu by default? Taking the Customise list link from the page invokes a new screen:-

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Allowing you to switch Off or leave on specific common features, so for example on a PC for work there’s little reason to show the music folder/app, so simply turn it off.

There’s even a hint of how the Windows 10 experience across all devices will gel together with a new feature common on the current Windows Phone system. With the All Apps option within the start menu you’ll see that the list of Apps to trawl through (if you have lots) are now listed alphabetically.

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But you can click on a letter (or number) this present an index page to jump to the feature without having to relentlessly scroll down. As an example clicking the “S” would list all of the apps starting with the letter “S”, then the letters after.

A nice time saving feature, that’s been incorporated and works well. Microsoft have indeed give Windows 10 a real fresh start ……