Start Menu Too Cramped? Try This New Trick in Windows 10

Joel Lee 04-11-2015

Windows 10 came with several hidden features Under the Hood: 6 Hidden Windows 10 Features You Can Unlock Windows 10 is full of secrets and surprises. Some new features are just not very well known, yet. Here are six tips for customizing your Windows 10 experience. Read More that you probably overlooked. We don’t blame you — so much has changed that only the truest of Windows 10 fanatics would be able to recall each and every new feature on demand.


But here’s an important one to remember: the Windows 10 Start Menu itself can be resized.


Just grab one of the edges and drag — it’s really that simple. What’s even better is that it can stretch both horizontally and vertically, so you’re free to make it as small or as large as you desire. Microsoft did well here.

We urge you keep going with these tips for customizing the Windows 10 Start Menu 6 Ways to Hack & Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu The Windows 10 Start Menu combines classic elements with modern tiles. Tiles can add a lot of creative freedom. We'll give you tips and reveal tricks for customizing the entire Start Menu to your preferences. Read More . There’s a lot more you can do in the new operating system, and you’d be a fool to not take advantage of it! And don’t forget our guide to the Windows 10 Start Menu A Guide to the Windows 10 Start Menu Windows 10 fixes the Start Menu dilemma! Getting to grips with the new Start Menu will supercharge your Windows 10 experience. With this handy guide, you'll be an expert in no time. Read More , either.

If you’re still on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, these tips unfortunately don’t apply to you — and that fact probably qualifies as a sign that you should upgrade to Windows 10 7 Signs It's Time for You to Upgrade to Windows 10 We have given you many reasons to upgrade to Windows 10. If you're still uncertain, you should wait. For how long, you ask? Until you see the signs we've compiled for you here. Read More . Seriously, what are you waiting for?


Let us know if these tips helped! Did you know that the new Start Menu could be resized? Drop a comment and share your thoughts with us!

Image Credit: Windows 10 Start Menu by omihay via Shutterstock

Related topics: Start Menu, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 5, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I think I'll carry on using classic shell

    • Joel Lee
      November 11, 2015 at 3:19 am

      That's always an option. Too bad Microsoft doesn't include it as a choice in the base OS.

  2. Anonymous
    November 5, 2015 at 2:43 am

    I would like the start screen to scroll left and right, like win 8.1, instead of top to bottom. It was easier for me to organize. Maybe somebody will get a hack for that.

    • Joel Lee
      November 11, 2015 at 3:19 am

      If you figure out a way to do that, please let us know! :)

  3. Anonymous
    November 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    This still doesn't change one of my biggest peeves with windows 10. That is that we have this (potentially) huge start menu popup yet the all programs menu opens up in the itty-bitty little column on the left hand side. This leaves you having to scroll a lot to find programs to run. Yes, I know you can use the search to pull up stuff quick but if you are unsure of the name of what you want then that is useless...

    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      @Andrew Lane,

      Classic Start still works in Windows 10. You can switch back to the XP or 7 style Start Menu if you're willing to install it.

    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Click a letter and you get the alphabet. Very fast and simple.

    • Joel Lee
      November 11, 2015 at 3:18 am

      Like Nikolaj said, you can click on a header letter to instantly jump to another letter, which makes it slightly more convenient. But you're right, it's not very intuitive and can feel kinda cramped with how small the scrollspace is.

  4. Anonymous
    November 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I saw the resize cursor, but it doesn't give instant feedback so I thought it was broken or buggy. It should give an outline of the new size as soon as you start dragging, that way people know it actually does something.

    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Yes it does.

      • Anonymous
        November 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

        It doesn't give instant feedback. As clearly demonstrated by the gif up there, the start menu only expands once you've dragged it a certain distance. If you only drag it a little way (like I did) then the menu does nothing, and there's nothing to suggest that it will do anything if you keep going.

        This is especially important because you can expand a window and get instant feedback. It expands in time with the mouse. It's inconsistent design to have the same resize cursor handles used with the start menu, but have it display a completely different behaviour.

        • Joel Lee
          November 11, 2015 at 3:17 am

          Hey Tom, you're right. While resizing up-and-down does have immediate feedback, resizing left-and-right does not. Seems like an oversight on Microsoft's part.

        • Anonymous
          November 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

          I'm not sure if I tried vertically. I definitely tried horizontally and diagonally. It's small things like this that I haven't upgraded my main PC from Windows 7 yet.