Windows 10 Anniversary Update further updates the Start Menu


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With August 2 rapidly approaching, Microsoft has had plenty time to improve its operating system and will soon reap the fruits of its labor. Some of the changes you’ll notice in the Anniversary Update are related to Microsoft’s Edge browser, improved pen support with Windows Ink, and a redesigned Start menu which sports a more modern design language.

In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the Start menu will have a navigation pane on the left and the hamburger button will be placed at the top-left corner. Microsoft has moved the user profile menu button to the bottom, sitting above the Power, Settings, and File Explorer buttons. By clicking the hamburger button, you’ll have access to labels for each item listed and know each button’s role.

Instead of the All apps button, you’ll see a single view showing the Most used and App items, while the Recently added group can be found at the top of the unified list where all applications recently installed from the Store will appear for seven days. Previously, they were listed for three days.

If you have a Surface tablet or any other device with a touch screen display, you will use Windows 10 in tablet mode or full-screen mode. You will continue to see the Live Tile view, but the changes made to the Start menu will be visible. Two new buttons have been introduced to switch between Pinned tiles and All apps, while the All apps list has been optimized for touch, featuring a grid-like view.

Also, while you’re in tablet mode, you can choose to auto-hide the taskbar so you’ll have the entire screen to take advantage of. The Automatically hide the taskbar option can be turned on under Settings > System > Tablet Mode.

There is also a new feature called Chaseable Live Tiles, which allows users to click on photos, stories and other type of content on a Live Tile.