Start Menu gets a new look in latest Windows 10 Preview build

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft brought back the Start Menu with Windows 10, which delighted all users who were unsatisfied by the lack of this feature in Windows 8/8.1. But, unlike in previous versions of Windows, the Start Menu in Windows 10 is highly customizable, and Microsoft constantly delivers new options and changes its look.

The most recent Windows 10 Preview build 14328 brought perhaps the most noticeable change of the Start Menu since its release in July 2015. If you’re a Windows 10 Insider, and you installed the latest Windows 10 Preview build, there’s no chance you didn’t notice how different the Start Menu is now.

Windows 10 Start Menu was redesigned!

The biggest change of the Start Menu in Windows 10 Preview build 14328 is merging ‘Most used’ and ‘All apps’ sections into one column. “All app” button was removed, and all installed apps are now listed in one space. Apps are now divided by sections: “Most used” section (which remains the same as in the previous builds), Recently added section, and section where all installed apps are categorized alphabetically.

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Standard buttons configuration was also changed, as all buttons (Power, Settings, File Explorer, and User Account) were moved to the left side of the Start Menu. You can also click on the hamburger menu button, to expand the section with buttons, and show their names.

Also, if you pin any additional folder to the Start Menu, it will automatically appear, as you don’t need to click on the hamburger menu to show it anymore. To pin an additional folder to the Start Menu, go to Settings > Personalization > Start > Choose which folders appear on Start. From here, you can pin more folders, such as Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc.

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With new the new buttons and apps configuration, the Start Menu is much wider than it used to be, which some users might find awkward or annoying. Unfortunately them, Microsoft didn’t introduce an option to get back to the previous design, and we doubt it ever will. So, if you’re not satisfied by the new look of Windows 10’s Start Menu, probably the only solution is to use some third-party Start Menu-customization software, like Start10.

As we already mentioned, the new Start Menu is currently available to Windows Insiders only, but we expect its public debut to be with the Anniversary Update this July.

What do you think about the new look of Windows 10’s Start Menu? Do you like it, or you’d prefer using a third-party software? Tell us in the comments.


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