The Windows 10 Start menu is highly customizable and one of the things you can do is arrange app tiles into groups. Here’s how.
If you are coming from Windows 7 to Windows 10 you’ll notice a big change to the Start menu. When you open the Start menu on Windows 10 you will find app “tiles” on the right-hand side. Some of them are “live” and display animated updates like the News and Weather apps, for example.
Other app tiles and system items are static and just display what they are. For instance, 7-zip or other file archiving apps, or if you pin system settings to the Start menu; those tiles won’t be live.
There is a lot of customization you can do with tiles on the Start menu. One of those is arranging them into individual groups. Here’s a look at how to do it.
Tile Groups on the Start Menu in Windows 10
When you first get started with Windows 10 you will see some tiles are already in groups. For example, you will see a “Productivity” and “Explore” group of app tiles. You can easily add more tiles to those existing groups by dragging them to an existing group.
The process is similar to rearranging icons on your smartphone. In the example below I am moving the Microsoft News tile from the “Explore” group to the “Productivity” group.
Create Your Own Tile Groups on the Start Menu
But let’s take a look at creating a new custom group of tiles. Just drag the tiles you want in a group to an open area of the Start menu. In the following example, I pinned some system settings to Start and want to make a group of system settings tiles. I simply dragged everything I wanted into an open area of the Start menu.
Then to give your tile group a name, just hover the pointer over the group and you will see “Name group” pop up.
Click on Name group and it will open a field so you can type in whatever name you want to give your group of tiles.
Note: An easy way to get started organizing your live tiles is to expand the Start menu so it’s a bit larger. Just click and drag the edges of the menu like you would when resizing the Start menu. That gives you more room to operate and organize everything.
Resize Start Menu Tiles
Keep in mind that you can resize tiles on the Start menu, too. This allows you to organize and arrange the tiles in your group to your liking. To do that just right-click a tile and choose Resize and select from small, medium, large, or wide.
Pin Apps to Start
Note that not all installed apps will create a tile on the Start menu. So to get everything in place you’ll probably need to pin some of your installed apps to the Start menu. To do that simply drag an app from the Apps column on the left side over to a tile group on the right. Or, you can right-click an app from the list and click Pin to Start then move the tile where you want it.
Move Entire Tile Groups
After creating a group you can move the whole thing to where you want it on the Start menu. Just click the group’s name bar and drag it where you want. For example, here I am dragging the System Settings group closer to the top.
That’s all there is to it. In the shot below I have created a few tile groups so you have an idea of what you can do. It’s also worth noting that in this example I added a fourth column of tiles to the Start menu.
I have never really relied on the Start menu much in previous versions of Windows, but in Windows 10, I am finding it intuitive and actually fun to use. What do you think of the new Start menu in Windows 10?