Here’s a pretty basic, but important question we received from a reader, “I cannot find the start button , so how do I find it?”

Since you don’t say which operating system you’re using, I will assume you mean Windows and we’ll look over where to find your start button in several versions of the OS.

If you’re running Windows 7 or Vista, the Start Button in located in the bottom left corner of your screen. It’ a little round icon with the Windows logo in the center.

start-button

Click it and you’ll see this Start Menu.

start-button-menu

Windows 8.1 doesn’t really have a start button. You can swipe in from the right (or click in the upper right corner) to bring out the Search Charm. Or just start typing on the Metro/Modern screen with all the tiles and the Search Charm will open.

desktopcharms

You can also right-click the Windows symbol in the lower left of the screen

That will bring up this menu.

For Windows 10, click the Windows symbol in the lower-left corner. Or just start typing something in the search box. If you have Cortana activated, just tell her what you want to see or do.

cortana-search-box

This is the Start Menu for Windows 10.

windows-10-desktop-start-menu

Unless I’m misunderstanding your question and you’re just looking for an on-off switch. That would depend on your device.

Hope this helps.

~ Cynthia