While many of you are glad to see the return of the Start Menu in Windows 10, some of you have complained that it doesn’t display folders like it did in Windows 7. Well, I’ve got good news for you. The Windows 10 Start Menu is highly customizable.  Last week, I showed you how to give the Start Menu the look you want.  In this tip, we’ll learn how to add folders to the Start menu.

Take a look at my Start Menu in Windows 7.  You’ll notice shortcuts to documents, photos, music and other folders.


Now check out my Windows 10 Start Menu. You’ll see no shortcuts to any of those files.


But that’s super-simple to change. Just click or tap the Settings icon.


Then pick Personalization.


Choose Start


Scroll down on the right side to the very bottom. Click or tap Choose which folders appear on Start.


A window will open that allows you to select a wide range of folders just by sliding the on/off button.

windows 10-start-menu-folder-options

You can choose to display Documents, Pictures, Downloads, Videos, Music, and more.

windows 10-start-menu-toggle-switch

You’ll also see a few options you may not need like HomeGroup, which you will only need if you have a HomeGroup set up. Network and Personal Folder will likely only come into play in a workplace setting.


Now check out what my Start Menu looks like with these folders turned on.


Remember, you can customize it to show one or two folders or show them all, depending on your needs.

~ Cynthia