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Definition: Win10 Start menu


The Windows 10 Start menu is a table of contents to all the apps (programs), folders and contacts you use often. In Desktop mode, all the app icons appear in an alphabetical list on the left side of the screen, and they can be made to appear on the right side as tiles. If the tiles are "live," they can display changing information from the application in real time such as stock quotes or the weather. Sometimes they just cycle through images for entertainment. See live tiles, Win10 abc's, Win10 All apps menu, Win10 Tablet mode, Win10 mouse tips and Win10 touch tips.




The Start Menu
In Desktop mode, the Windows 10 Start menu (Anniversary Update) shows all apps on the left side and their counterpart live tiles on the right. Whether they function as "live" or not depends on the application. Any app from the All apps list on the left can be replicated as a tile on the right.



Retrieving the Start Menu
The Start menu can be displayed in the following ways:

Keyboard
Press Windows key.

Mouse or Touch
Click or tap Windows button.



Retrieve Apps in Desktop Mode
To see your apps, click or tap Windows button and browse the list (left) or the tiles (right).

Retrieve Apps in Tablet Mode
Click or tap Windows button, then click or tap the Tiles or All apps icon and browse.



Launch App from Keyboard
Press Windows key and type the name.

Launch App by Touch
Click or tap Windows button and click or tap an app icon or tile.


Make App Become a Tile
Right click or long tap and release the icon in the All apps list and select Pin to Start.


Uninstall App with the Mouse
Right click the icon or tile and select Uninstall from the menu.

Uninstall Icon by Touch
Long tap icon and select Uninstall from the menu.

Uninstall Tile by Touch
Long tap tile; then tap three-dot icon and Uninsitall.



Resize Tile with the Mouse (if adjustable)
Right click the tile and click Resize.

Resize Tile by Touch (if adjustable)
Long tap; then tap three-dot icon and Resize.



Relocate a Tile
Click and drag or tap and drag the tile to the new location.


Remove (Unpin) a Tile with the Mouse
Right click tile and click Unpin from Start (does not change app in All apps list)

Remove (Unpin) a Tile by Touch
Long tap the tile; then tap Unpin icon.



Pin Folder to Start Menu with the Mouse
In Explorer, right click folder icon and click Pin to Start (or Unpin to remove). See Win Explorer.

Pin Folder to Start Menu by Touch
In Explorer, long tap folder icon and tap Pin to Start (or Unpin to remove). See Win Explorer.