How to configure, customize or change the start menu of Windows 10, 8 and 7

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Windows is the best known and most used operating system in the world, belonging to the Microsoft company, has been on the market for more than 30 years with more than 1.000 million users who use this operating system, with a large number of versions each with better and worse acceptance by its customers to continue to better adapt to their needs, its most recent version is Windows 10.

The Windows operating system may seem like it to some very convenient when using it since it offers a large number of functions that allow the user to perform any action, as well as having a guide on the official Microsoft page that explains step by step how to install Windows from scratch on your computer in case you do not have it.

And even if you wish download an application or game for your computer, Windows offers you the alternative of being able to download apps via the Microsoft Store easily.

What changes has the design of Windows made?

Despite the constant development of new software and operating system updates, Windows could not leave behind the design of its interface, it wasn't until the Windows 8 release that the company has decided to make a slight change to the design of its system, eliminating its popular start menu which is located at the bottom left of the start bar, giving it a slightly more modern and even futuristic look.

Modification that they would then have changed again to due to dissatisfaction from several users who were already familiar with the typical menu button, bringing it back in the version in Windows 8.1 and in its later versions giving the possibility to choose between having the Windows Start Button or removing it.

However, there is a large number of users who are dissatisfied with the look that such a menu offers, asking a more customizable system from the company, which the company was able to understand and accept, integrating the option to fully customize its menu in Windows 10.

How to configure, customize or change the start menu of Windows 10, 8 and 7

The Windows 10 menu, compared to its previous versions, offers a wide customization for its users, who will be able to modify options such as, change its size or colors through a diverse color palette.

How to resize the menu

The Windows 10 start menu by default takes up half of the screen of your computer, to change its size follow the steps below

  1. Open the start menu doing click on the icon at the bottom left or by pressing the Windows button on the keyboard
  2. Move the cursor to the top right corner of the menu click and hold when it changes shape into a double arrow
  3. Drag it up or down to resize the menu according to your preferences.

Change the menu colors

If you want to change the color of the Windows 10 menu you will have to go to the computer settings, then select the Personalization option and then in the colors, choose the color you want for the start menu, or you can also allow to Windows to choose from automatically the most suitable color, based on the desktop background.

Lock and unlock apps from the menu

To be able to perform this function, you will only have to find the application you want to block, right-click and choose the option “Add to start” in so that the application appears on the right side of the Windows start menu.

Customize icons and boxes in the menu

Applications and mosaics will be sorted automatically, assigning them the largest size and placing them first more frequent applications and those less used. If you want to configure the order and size of these applications, please follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Start menu 
  2. Right-click on the application or tile you want to change and choose the option "Resize"
  3. choose the size you prefer from the options proposed "small, medium, large or large"

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