If you are new to Windows 10 or moving from Windows 7 (which is no longer supported), you’ll notice the Start menu looks different. It shows installed apps on the left listed in alphabetical order. Then on the right, you will see tiles for apps and other items. By default, the Start menu shows only three columns for tiles.
But starting with version 1511 (Microsoft’s first major update to Windows 10) adds the ability to add a fourth column of live tiles to the Start menu. Here’s how to enable it.
Windows 10 Tile Columns on the Start Menu
While you can resize app tiles, there are only three columns for tiles by default. The easiest way to show this is by creating a row of medium tiles as shown below.
Four Columns in Windows 10 Start menu
To enable the fourth column so you can add and organize more tiles easier click the Start button and click Settings. Alternately, you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to open Settings.
Then click Personalization from the menu.
Next, click Start from the left-hand column. Then in the right-hand column flip on the Show more tiles on Start switch.
That’s all there is to it. With this extra column and room on the Start menu, you will be able to display more tiles. You can resize your app tiles and create groups. With the extra space, you can create four rows of medium tiles, two wide or large tiles, or up to 16 small ones, for example.
More Windows 10 Start Menu Tips & Tricks
For more on customization of the Windows 10 Start menu, check out some of our other articles listed below.
- Pin Playlists or Songs to Start menu
- Pin Specific Settings to Start menu
- Add Folder Locations to Start menu
- Turn Off Suggested Apps Ads
- Make the Start Menu More Space Efficient
- Remove Items from Most Used Apps List
- Find Apps by First Letter the Easy Way
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