Quick guide to change Windows 10 Start Menu back to classic

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  • The Start menu is where most work begins on your Windows computer.
  • The Windows 10 Start menu is a massive improvement from that of Windows 8/8.1, but many users still prefer the classic Start menu.
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It’s understandable why you may be looking to change Windows 10 start menu to classic. Some people consider the Windows 7 and XP Start menu to be more useful than that of Windows 10.

When Windows 8 dropped, there was an uproar from users regarding the fullscreen Start menu. Despite Microsoft responding by modifying the Start menu in Windows 8.1 and later, fans took things into their hands and devised ways to get back the classic Start menu.

How do I change the Windows Start menu to classic?

How do I switch back to the classic view in Windows 10?

  1. Download and install Classic Shell.
  2. Click on the Start button and search for classic shell.
  3. Open the topmost result of your search.
  4. Select the Start menu view between ClassicClassic with two columns and Windows 7 style.
  5. Hit the OK button.
  6. Back up the selected styles as XML.
  7. Apply the settings.

Customize the Start Menu in Windows 10

Enable full-screen mode


  1. Click on the Start.
  2. Select the Settings icon.
  3. Select Personalization.
  4. Hit the Start from the left sidebar.
  5. Click the Switch button below the Use Start Full-Screen text.

Change the size of the start menu


  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Take your cursor to the edge of the Start Menu, so it turns to a double-sided arrow.
  3. Click on it and drag it up or down to resize.
  4. Release your cursor when you’re done.

Pin an application to the Start menu


  1. Locate the application.
  2. Right-click on the application to be pinned.
  3. Select the Pin to Start.

If you want to customize your OS even further, here’s how to make the icons to look like those of Windows 8

Unpin an application from the Start menu


  1. Open the Start
  2. Right-click on the application.
  3. Select Unpin from Start.

Change application tile sizes

  1. Click on the Start
  2. Right-click on the application.
  3. Select Resize.
  4. Select the option of your choice.

Add folders to the Start menu


  1. Click on the Start menu button.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click the Personalization tile.
  4. Choose Start from the sidebar.
  5. Click Choose which folders appear on Start.
  6. Toggle on or off the applications on the screen.

Move tiles in the Start menu

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Click and hold on the tile.
  3. Drag-and-drop the tile to your desired position.

Rename groups of tiles

  1. Click on the Start
  2. Select the tile for renaming.
  3. Delete any text in the Type field
  4. Rename the tile.

Change the Start menu color


  1. Click on the Start
  2. Select Settings
  3. Click the Personalization
  4. Pick a color from Windows colors.
  5. Mark the checkbox for Start, taskbar, and action center under Show accent color on the following surfaces.

Turn off Live Tiles


  1. Click on the Start menu button.
  2. Right-click on the live tile.
  3. Click the Move.
  4. Select the Turn live tile off option

We hope that this guide has proven useful in your case and that you now have the Start Menu and icons in the exact way you wanted.

Feel free to let us know if this guide has helped by using the comment section below.

FAQ: Learn more about the Classic Start menu

  • Is the Classic Start Menu safe?

Even though Classic Shell is not available for download in the Windows Store, you can download it from the official website. It is worth mentioning that Classic Shell was hacked on August 2016, so make sure to have good antivirus software installed.

  • What is the Classic Shell start menu?

Classic Shell is a utility that lets you change the Windows 10 start menu to look like that of an older Windows edition. It’s most popular for changing Windows 10 Start menu.

  • What replaced the Classic shell?

Classic Shell has been a popular utility for tweaking the Start Menu, used mostly by users that are nostalgic about the old-school Windows look.

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