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September 22, 2017

9/7/2017 8:57:00 AM
Windows 10 Start Menu

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

For many traditional computer users who moved from Windows Vista or 7 to Windows 8 and 10 had quite an adjustment. One of the biggest adjustments was the Start Menu. In this column I'm not even going to address Windows 8. That was a disaster and the reason Microsoft moved so quickly to Windows 10.
The Start Menu is what you see when you click on the Start Button, which is located in the lower left corner of your desktop. It used to be round in Vista and 7. It is now square.
Microsoft has simplified some parts of the Start Menu but has complicated others, specifically the tile area on the right side. Traditional users' heads usually spin around in circles the first time they see the tile area. Microsoft has loaded it with lots of, in my opinion, garbage. You'll see many games and other trial programs. Microsoft wants you to try these so that it or its partners can sell you something.
Look them over. Generally, if you are not going to use them get rid of them. You cannot harm your computer by getting rid of something you don't use. I'm brutal here. The first thing I do is right-click on these and either uninstall them or unpin them from the Start Menu.
After a little program trimming, the start menu can be very useful. You can drag the remaining items around to make the start menu smaller and more efficient. It is quite customizable. I like the Weather tile for quick access to weather information.
Make the Start menu something you want to see. You'll be glad you did.

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