Do you wan’t to be a Windows 10 GURU

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All the tips and tricks, big and small, that you need to know to start the long journey of becoming a Windows 10 GURU

Customize the Start Menu

 


First up, one of the coolest features of the Windows 10 Start menu is that it can easily be resized. If you feel like the default view is too tall and narrow, just use your mouse pointer to drag from any edge of the Start menu, and it will be resized in real time.

Live Tiles Offer Quick Information at a Glance
Much like the full-screen Windows 8 Start Screen, native Windows apps can use icons that display at-a-glance information directly on the Windows 10 Start menu. These “Live Tiles,” as they’re called, update in real time with information such as weather, news, and stock prices.

If the Start menu’s default layout doesn’t quite seem to prioritise the apps and information you deem most important, it’s incredibly easy to reorganise. For starters, you can use your mouse to click and hold any icon, then drag it into a spot that works better for you. 

As you’ll notice, some icons are larger than others—but they don’t have to stay that way. If you’d like to resize any icon in your Start menu, just right-click it, then hover over the “Resize” option, and choose between small, medium, wide, or large. 

This same right-click menu can be used to turn off the Live Tile feature for any app, or even remove an icon altogether. If you find the Live Tile animations too distracting, just right-click an icon and choose “Turn live tile off.” To remove the tile altogether, choose “Unpin from Start” in this same menu.

Accessing All of Your Apps
The Windows 10 Start menu is more than just a place to put all of your Live Tiles. Much like previous Windows versions, you can access all of your installed apps through the Start menu with a few simple clicks. To begin, just open your Start menu and click the “All Apps” button near the bottom-left corner.


From here, you’ll get an alphabetised list of all your installed apps. You can scroll through the list using either your mouse wheel or the scroll bar directly to the right, then launch any app by clicking it once.

Adding Items to the Main Start Menu
If you find yourself using a particular app more than most, consider pinning it to your Start menu for quicker access. From your “All Apps” list, just right-click an app, then select “Pin to Start.” From now on, this app will be accessible in the right pane of your Start menu.
Apps aren’t the only thing you can pin to the Windows 10 Start Menu—folders and other items can be pinned as well. Using Windows Explorer, just right-click an eligible item, then choose “Pin to Start” for quick access.

Customising
Colours & Other Start Menu Settings
To change the overall appearance of the Windows 10 Start menu, begin by clicking the “Settings” option in the left pane of your Start menu.
Next up, choose the “Personalise” option from the main Windows 10 Settings menu.

From here, select the “Colours” option if you’d like to change the background colour of your Start menu. Next, scroll down a bit and choose your accent colour from the list, then make sure to enable the “Show colour on Start, task-bar, and action centre” option directly underneath.

Next up, head to the “Start” tab in the left pane of the Personalise menu to access even more Start menu settings. From here, you can opt to hide the “Most Used” and “Recently Added” app listings in your Start menu, and you can even choose which folders appear in your Start menu, among other options.

Well “That’s all Folks” hang tight for the next instalment, and you have now started down the long road to becoming a GURU… 

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