How to resize the Start menu in Windows 10

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • Microsoft has disabled the resizable feature of the Start menu that we loved. We've got a fix to change the size of the Start menu in Windows 10 in just a few minutes.
  • For this, you will have to do some Registry modifications. As a safety precaution, first, backup all your files and folders that you may need in case you get potential errors in the system.
  • We wrote many articles about the Start Menu, so if you need some guides or fixes check out our Start Menu Troubleshooting section.
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How do I resize my Start Menu in Windows 10?

Seems that with the new update of Windows 10, Microsoft has disabled the resizable feature of the Start menu most users loved about the Windows operating systems.

Well, I am here to tell you that there is a very easy tweak in the system and you can fix the Start menu resizable feature in Windows 10 in just five minutes of your time.

For this solution regarding the resize feature for the Start menu in Windows 10, you will have to do some Registry modifications.

As a safety precaution, it is always a good idea to backup all your files and folders that you may need in case you get potential errors in the system.

Also, for these changes to the registry editor, you will need to log in with your administrator account in order to be able to add a new DWORD to the system.

How can I change the size of the Windows 10 Start menu?

1. Tweak your Registry

  1. Press and hold the buttons Windows and R.
  2. You should have the Run window in front of you.
  3. Write in the run dialog box the following: regedit without the quotes.
  4. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  5. The Registry Editor window should be on the screen.
  6. On the left side panel left click to open the HKCU folder.
  7. In the HKCU folder left click to open the Software folder.
  8. In the Software folder left click on the Microsoft folder to open it.
  9. In the Microsoft folder left click on the Windows folder to expand it.
  10. In the Windows folder search for the CurrentVersion folder and open it.
  11. From the CurrentVersion folder open the Explorer folder.
  12. Now within the Explorer folder search for the Advanced folder and open it.EnableXamlStartMenu resize start menu windows 10
  13. On the right side panel right-click on an open space.
  14. Left-click or tap on the New feature.
  15. Now from the sub-menu left click or tap on the DWORD (32-bit) Value
  16. Name the DWORD as follows: EnableXamlStartMenu without the quotes.
  17. Set the value for this DWORD to 0.
  18. Close the Registry Editor Windows.
  19. Reboot your Windows 10 computer
  20. After the device starts check to see if your resizable Start menu is there.

In cases you wandered, here is how to pin Settings to the Start Menu in Windows 10


 

2. Use the double-sided arrow

Now that Windows 10 allows you to resize your Start Menu, all you need to do is hover over the Start Menu borders with your mouse pointer until the double-sided arrow appears.

When it does, click on the Start menu and drag the arrow to resize it.

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That’s all you have to do and bring back your resizable Start menu in Windows 10.

If you encountered any issues along the way in this tutorial, you can post a comment in the section below and I will help you as soon as possible.

FAQ: Read more about the Start menu

  • How do I reduce the size of the Start menu in Windows 10?
Move your cursor to the top edge of the Start menu so your cursor gets shaped like a double-sided arrow. Click and drag it to resize the Start menu. If the Start menu is not working, here’s an excellent guide to fix it.
Right-click on the tile you want to resize and hover your pointer over the Resize option. You will see 4 available sizes to choose from: small, medium, large, or wide. If the tiles are not showing, fix it with our expert guide.
  • How do I change Windows Start menu?
To change the Start menu, right-click on an empty space on your desktop and select Personalize. In the next window click on Start. You will see a lot of self-explanatory options to change the functions and appearance of the Start menu.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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