Many of you were pretty darn happy to see that the Start Menu was back in Windows 10.  Personally, I think that the Windows 10 Start Menu is just about the best thing every. It’s a one-stop shop to find and do everything in Windows 10.

Today we’ll look at some tips for personalizing the look to suit your needs. Open your start menu and choose “Settings.”

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Then pick Personalization.

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Choose Start

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The first setting decides how many tiles are available in your Start Menu.

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Switch to On to see more tiles. Your change will be displayed in the preview window at the top.

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You can also decide if you want to see occasional suggestions in the Start Menu.

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Below Windows 10 is making a suggestion for a game I might want to download based on my previous Windows Store purchases.

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I find the “most-used apps” function to be very handy.

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Switch it on and you’ll have quicker access to your most-used apps.

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Turning on Recently-added apps is a good way to avoid downloading something and forgetting all about it.

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If you preferred the look of the metro screen in Window 8.1, you can make the Start Menu full screen.

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Normally,  your desktop looks like this with the Start Menu open.

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With full screen on, it displays like this:

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This is also where you can decide to display recently opened items in jump lists on your taskbar.

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For example, when I left-click on Word on the taskbar, I see a list of recently opened documents.

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We’re not done personalizing the Start Menu, yet. Next time we’ll look at how to control which folders appear on your Start menu.

~ Cynthia