Windows 10 Tips: How to Set Up the Start Screen and Desktop

The Windows 10 Start menu was a reintroduction of the traditional start menu not seen by consumers since Windows 7. The Start button is in the bottom left corner of the Desktop. In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced the Start menu, which was intended to be easily scalable to a smartphone screen, but it was deeply unpopular with computer users. To try to please everyone, Windows 10 has both the Start menu and the Start screen, with the Desktop and Start menu as the default display. You can switch between the two, but you have to set up the Start screen first.

Set Up the Start Screen

  • Click on the Start button and select “Settings” from the Start menu.
  • Select the “Personalization” option from the Settings menu.
  • Click on “Start” in the menu of the Settings window.
  • Click on the slider next to “Use Start full screen,” so it changes to “On.”
  • Close the Settings window.

Switch Between The Start Menu and The Start Screen

  • Click on the Start button. The Start screen will appear.
  • Click on the Start button again. The Desktop will return.

Return to the Default

Even though you can return to the Desktop display, you cannot access the Start menu from the Start button until you deactivate the Start screen.

  • Return to the Start screen and click on the settings tile.
  • Go back to the Personalization section.
  • Set “Use Start full screen” to “Off.”

The Start menu will now appear whenever you press the Start button.

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