Currently, Windows 10 is the latest series of personal computer operating systems that are produced by Microsoft. And this Windows 10 is the successor to Windows 8.1 and was released to manufacturing on July 15, 2015, and broadly released for retail sale on July 29, 2015. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 came with a drastic change but they were a lot of issues with that. So that series didn’t perform well. Windows 10 receives new builds on an ongoing basis, which are available at no additional cost to users. Further, as an addition to the updates, there are also additional test builds of Windows 10 which are available only to the Windows Insiders. The devices in enterprise environments can receive these updates at a slower pace, or use long-term support milestones that only receive critical updates, such as security patches, and over their ten-year lifespan of extended support.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Turn off Full-Screen Setting in Windows 10!
- 2 2. Turn off Tablet Mode on your desktop / laptop!
- 3 3. Disable Tablet Mode at Start Menu!
- 4 4. Disable More Tiles
- 5 5. Customize Project Settings
Full-Screen Start Menu in Windows 10!
The Start screen Menu on Windows has a long journey i.e. from the Windows XP to Windows 10. Till Windows 8, the start screen menu had one column and finally, when it reached Windows 8 it had a full-screen Start Menu option. And later with Windows 10, it had a medium size of start screen menu and hence with all the versions of Windows it has seen all sizes of the same. However, the worst start screen size among them was the full-screen Start Menu which we have seen on Windows 8. Thankfully, Microsoft revamped it and introduced a hybrid of the traditional start screen menu and of the Windows 8. This is the start screen menu which we see in our Windows 10.
Issues relating to Windows 10’s full-screen start menu!
Even though Microsoft revamped its design, for some Windows 10 users, the Start Menu still takes up the entire screen. So we will tell you how to exit the huge Start Menu in Windows 10. Now if you are a Windows user for a long time, you would obviously know the feeling of visiting the desktop when you close an app and it is painful. It may happen that you have a Windows 10 laptop or 2-in-1 device with a touchscreen that displays the Start Menu using the whole desktop, instead of just a portion of it.
For some reason, the Start Menu went full screen and most of you guys will be getting stuck into that. If you have this problem, then we have a solution. There are several ways of fixing this issue. We will be talking about all of them with this post. By the end of this post, you will never face this issue anymore. Without any further lags or delays, let us directly step into the steps.
1. Turn off Full-Screen Setting in Windows 10!
Many users may still love the huge Start screen which is seen on the Windows 8. Although, many users also hate this. As we said with Windows 10 Microsoft made the size of the start menu into the medium. However, you can switch the size between Medium and Big. For those who like this huge Start Menu, Microsoft offers a setting with which you can switch from the normal Start Menu to the expanded one. May be by default, Sometimes, the same setting is activated, and that’s why the Start Menu is always open on your PC. To close the full-screen Start Menu, you need to disable that setting.
Here are the steps for the same:
Step 1: For this, first open settings on your PC or Laptop which is running on Windows 10 from the Start Menu.
Second Step: Once you open the same, now click on the Personalization menu.
Step 3: Now the Personalization menu will be appearing and click on Start which is present in the left sidebar which you can see over there. Then, turn off the toggle button which you can see next to “use Start full screen”. From the picture below you can see that in our case it is already turned off, for time being we will turn it on and then disable it again.
Step 4: Once you toggle this, the changes will reflect immediately, we would suggest restarting your desktop/laptop.
2. Turn off Tablet Mode on your desktop / laptop!
With the latest versions of Windows, Microsoft has drastically improved the tablet mode on personal computers. To be honest, this feature is really awesome and comes with support for several features. Let us get into some features of Tablet mode, the icons will become big when you activate this tablet mode on your pc. Further, this also goes straight to the Start Menu as well. Here this will go to a full-screen menu that replaces the usual one with no desktop. This is done to ease your tablet mode usage. Further, sometimes there are users who accidentally activate the mode which cause the Start Menu to get stuck in full-screen mode. So you have to disable it. For turning off these tablet modes follow the steps below:
Step 1: For this first open Action Center on your computer by clicking on the right-most icon in the taskbar. Further, you can also press Windows key + A to launch it. The Action Center shows the latest notifications that you have received, as well as useful shortcuts to all kinds of tools and actions in Windows 10. Look in the section on the bottom of the Action Center. There you will find buttons for all kinds of quick actions.
Step 2: From this action center, look for the Tablet mode option. Once you find it, it indicates the blue icon it means that it is on. Click on it once to turn it off. If the Tablet mode option is missing, then click on Expand to view all the buttons in the Action Center.
3. Disable Tablet Mode at Start Menu!
If the full-screen Start Menu doesn’t go away even when you sign in again, you will need to change another setting which related to the tablet mode. For this, follow these simple steps which we are saying below.
Step 1: For this first open your Settings in PC either using Windows key + I shortcut or by going to the start menu and from here go to System.
Step 2: Now click on the Tablet mode in the left pane. Then, under “When I sign in” drop down box, either select Use desktop mode or Use the appropriate mode for my hardware.
Yes now are done with all settings of Tablet mode!
4. Disable More Tiles
Further even after doing all these changes in setting and even if Start Menu appears larger than its normal size, you must have enabled one of its customization settings. Earlier you may have done this and you must have forget about the same which you have done.
- To disable this, go to the Settings on your PC and then click on the Personalization menu. Further, now click on Start which you can see in the left pane. Now turn off the toggle next to “Show more tiles” option on the Start menu.
5. Customize Project Settings
Further, you can also customize the project setting and to do so follow the steps which we have said below
- First, open Action Center from the taskbar menu or by pressing windows key + a. After opening the action center now, click on the Project button.
- Alternatively, press the project button on your keyboard or press windows key + p.
- A new window will appear from the right edge. From here click on PC Screen only. This means that your PC screen will not be projected.
With these all steps, we are damn sure that our readers will become pro in fixing start screen issues in their PC and their relatives’ PC. Now you have fixed your start screen and we are coming to some cool tips to customize this. Enjoy reading and do post your thoughts in the comment section.
Tip 1 – Resize Start Menu
You can increase or decrease the size of Start Menu by simply moving the cursor to its edge. It will turn into a double-sided arrow. Then drag it inward or outward to change its size. By doing this you can set the size of the start menu according to your choice!
Tip 2 – Find Apps Quickly
If you are going through the app list in the Start Menu, now click on any alphabet to view all alphabets. From here now, hit on the first alphabet of the app that you want to open. Further, now you will be shown all the apps from that letter. Choose your app and click on it to open your desired app.
Tip 3 – Add App as a Tile
You must have done right-clicking the app in the list and selecting Pin to Start these days. Instead of this drag it onto the right-most area to add it as tile. From this, you will know how to create custom tiles.
These are the tips that we want to share with you guys!
Start New Things
Start Menu is the essence of a Windows running PC. If this is not up to your liking, everything feels bad about the whole system. We hope the above tips help you in restoring the balance. If it gives you issues, try some troubleshooting tips. Sometimes, after all this, you may notice that some apps are missing from Start Menu, find out how to fix it. Share this article with your friends and family and do let us know in you are interested in articles like this.