Customize the Start menu

Organizing the Start menu can make it easier to find your favorite programs and folders.

Picture of the Start menu
Start menu
Hiển thị tất cả

To pin a program icon to the Start menu

If you use a program regularly, you can create a shortcut to it by pinning the program icon to the Start menu. Pinned program icons appear on the left side of the Start menu.

  • Right-click the program icon you want to pin to the Start menu, and then click Pin to Start Menu.

Notes

  • To unpin a program icon, right-click it, and then click Unpin from Start Menu.

  • To change the order of a pinned item, drag the program icon to a new position in the list.

To remove a program icon from the Start menu

Removing a program icon from the Start menu doesn't remove it from the All Programs list or uninstall the program.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button.
  2. Right-click the program icon you want to remove from the Start menu, and then click Remove from this list.

To move the Start button

The Start button Picture of the Start button is located on the taskbar. Although you can't remove the Start button from the taskbar, you can move the taskbar—and the Start button along with it.
  1. Right-click an empty space on the taskbar. If Lock the taskbar has a check mark beside it, click it to remove the check mark.

  2. Click an empty space on the taskbar, and then hold down the mouse button as you drag the taskbar to one of the four edges of the desktop. When the taskbar is where you want it, release the mouse button.

Note

  • To lock the taskbar into place, right-click an empty space on the taskbar, and then click Lock the Taskbar so that the check mark reappears. Locking the taskbar helps prevent it from being moved or resized accidentally.

To clear recently opened files or programs from the Start menu

Clearing recently opened files or programs from the Start menu doesn't delete them from your computer.

  1. Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.

  2. Click the Start Menu tab. To clear recently opened programs, clear the Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu check box. To clear recently opened files, clear the Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar check box, and then click OK.

To adjust the number of shortcuts for frequently used programs

The Start menu displays shortcuts for the programs you use most frequently. You can change the number of program shortcuts displayed (this can affect the height of the Start menu).

  1. Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.

  2. Click the Start Menu tab, and then click Customize.

  3. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, in the Number of recent programs to display box, enter the number of programs you want to display on the Start menu, click OK, and then click OK again.

To customize the right pane of the Start menu

You can add or remove items, such as Computer, Control Panel, and Pictures, that appear on the right side of the Start menu. You can also change some items so that they appear as links or menus.

  1. Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.

  2. Click the Start Menu tab, and then click Customize.

  3. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, select the options in the list that you want, click OK, and then click OK again.

To restore Start menu default settings

You can restore the Start menu to its original, default settings.

  1. Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.

  2. Click the Start Menu tab, and then click Customize.

  3. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, click Use Default Settings, click OK, and then click OK again.

To search for programs from the Start menu

  • Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then type a word or phrase in the search box.

To add the Run command to the Start menu

  1. Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.

  2. Click the Start Menu tab, and then click Customize.

  3. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll through the list of options to find the Run command check box, select it, click OK, and then click OK again.

To add Recent Items to the Start menu

  1. Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.

  2. Click the Start Menu tab. Under Privacy, select the Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar check box.

  3. Click Customize. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll through the list of options to find the Recent Items check box, select it, click OK, and then click OK again.