Unless you live under a rock, you know that Windows 10 is returning the much beloved Start menu. It’s a much better version than the Start screen offered in Windows 8.1.
While this version of the Start menu isn’t exactly how it was in Windows 7, it has a lot of benefits. Microsoft promotes it well by saying it gives you the familiarity of Windows 7, and the benefit of Windows 8’s live tiles. And to help you with those live tiles, here’s a look at arranging them into groups.
This is a helpful feature if you want to put specific apps in a group, or music or movies, and even favorite websites.
Windows 10 Start Menu Tile Groups
The easiest way to get started organizing your live tiles is to expand the Start menu so it’s a bit larger. Then select the area where you want to create a group. You will see Name group above the tile(s). Click on that and then give your group a name.
In the example below I’m creating a group called “Productivity” and putting the apps I use to get work done in it.
If a tile is already on the Start menu, just drag it where you want. When you’re moving a tile, the rest of the Start menu fades in the background, with the focus being on the tile you’re moving. It’s just like moving your app icons around on your smartphone but with your mouse. Of course you can do this with your finger or stylus on a touchscreen device, too.
To get everything in place you’ll probably need to pin some of your apps to the Start menu. To do that, go to All Apps, find the app you want and right-click > Pin to start.
That’s all there is to it. In the shot below I have created a few groups so you have an idea of what you can do. All of the tiles are set to Medium, but you can resize and organize them for what works best for you.
After you’re done organizing your groups, you can make the Start menu smaller to save space on the desktop. It’s worth mentioning that you can move an entire groups of tiles to a different location, too.
You can pin a lot of different things to the Start menu in Windows 10. Check out the following articles for more:
- Pin Favorite Websites to Start menu
- Pin Playlists or Songs to Start menu
- Pin Specific Settings to Start menu
- Add Folder Locations to Start menu
Speaking of the Start menu, If you’re going to hold off a bit on upgrading to Windows 10, and are still on Windows 8.1, to get a more familiar Start menu, check out a third-party utility like Stardock’s Start8 or the free Classic Shell utility. And, if you can’t live without the Windows 7 Start menu, check out Start10 from Stardock, you get a free 30 day trial, and it’s only five bucks after that.
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?