Best tips to get more from the Windows 10 Start menu

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The Windows 10 Start menu looks simple enough, but are you using all the features? Some of them are not obvious and this guide will show one you may not be familiar with. Get more from Start.

The Start menu was introduced in Windows 95 and worked flawlessly for almost 20 years. Then Microsoft decided to remove it in Windows 8 for no reason, that is, no valid reason. There was such an outcry that Microsoft reintroduced it in Windows 10.

However, this new Start Menu is completely different from the old one that everyone knew and loved. It works differently and has different functions. Some of them are obvious, some aren’t, so let’s take a look at what it can do.

This guide isn’t about tiles, it’s about the left side of the Start menu, which is the part that most closely resembles the Start menu we loved in previous versions of Windows.

1 File Explorer Jump List

click begin and then left-click or right-click the arrow to the right of File Explorer file manager itself. A menu identical to the Jump List appears when right-clicking on the File Explorer icon in the system tray.

Where does this menu come from? This is the list of items in the quick access list in the upper left corner of the explorer window. Any item you add to Quick Access will be added to this File Explorer menu on startup.

On the More Submenu are other useful elements from Explorer, such as Manage, map network driveand Disconnect network drive. If you use these functions, you can call them directly.

Right-click items on the Windows Start menu to view options

2 Most used list

At the top of the Start menu is the Most Used section, which is exactly what it says it is. A short list of the most used apps and programs on your PC. Click the arrow on the right or right-click any program in the list to bring up a menu.

It varies by application and may display a list of recently opened files. In the case of Paint, shown here, it contains a list of recently edited images.

the More Menu has useful options such as Pin it to the taskbar. If you have a program pinned to the taskbar, there’s no need to duplicate it here, so you can select it Do not show in this list. This then leaves room for another program to display.

Some programs need to be run as an administrator (even if you’re logged in with an administrator account). The option is on the More Menu.

Right-click items on the Windows Start menu for additional options

3 power options

click Go ahead, might and there are ways to do that sleep, switch offand Start anew. If you hold down Shift while clicking Start anew, Windows does not boot. Instead, it offers a range of troubleshooting options that allow you to boot into Safe Mode, update Windows to fix problems, and more. If Windows is really messed up and won’t start the desktop, you can also do Shift + Restart at the login screen.

Shift-click Restart on the Windows Power menu to restart in troubleshooting mode

4 account options

Click your name at the top of the Start menu and a menu will appear. You can lock the computer that goes to the lock screen and needs your account password to unlock. That’s useful when you’re away from your computer because all your windows will be open and programs will be running, but all people see is the lock screen with a prompt to sign in.

Sign out closes all running programs before the lock screen is displayed. All other accounts on the computer are listed below and you can switch to another user without having to close any programs or windows.

The account menu in Windows 10 in the start menu

5 All applications

click Home, All Apps and a complete list of all software installed on the computer is listed in alphabetical order. If the list is long and a program you want begins with W, for example, you will have to scroll a lot to get to the end of the list.

It’s faster and with a mouse click 0-9, A, B, C etc., a grid of letters is displayed. Click any letter to jump to that part of the All apps menu. It’s a quick way to get to the items near the bottom edge.

Start menu shortcuts in Windows 10

6 Useful Options

Right-click an item in the Start menu, App-Apps, and the menu options allow it to be pinned to the Start menu as a tile, to the taskbar as an icon, or to run as administrator. That last point is useful with things like the command prompt.

Run apps as an administrator from the Windows 10 Start menu

7 Uninstall apps

If an app can be uninstalled and some not, like e.g. B. System apps, then there is one Uninstall menu option. Right-click an app and uninstall it if you don’t want it.

Uninstall apps from the Windows 10 Start menu

The Windows 10 Start Menu is very different from Windows 7, but as you can see, it has some useful features.

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