3 Very Useful Tips for Mastering the Windows 10 Start Menu

By | April 1, 2022

Start Menu on Windows 10 for some people is a little foreign, so the following tips may be useful for those of you who want to master the start menu on Windows 10


Websites as Tiles (Websites as Tiles)

First, is the ability to add websites to the Live Tiles section of the Start menu. If you have a favorite blog, website, or forum that you visit every day, it’s the simplest thing in the world to add it to your Start menu. That way, you don’t even have to manually launch your browser when you open your PC in the morning. Just click on a tile and you will land on your favorite site automatically.

We’ll take a look at the easiest way to add a site shortcut to the Start menu; a method that relies on Microsoft Edge – the new browser built into Windows 10. There is a more advanced procedure that we won’t cover here that allows you to open Start menu links in another browser. If you want to learn more about those options, check out the tutorial on SuperSite for Windows.

For the Edge method, start by opening a browser and navigating to your favorite website. Once you are there and logged in if it is a forum or social network, click on the three horizontal dots in the top right corner of the browser. From the drop-down menu that opens select Pin this page to Start.

A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to pin the site to Start. Click Yes and you are done.

The only downside to this approach is that any tiles you add to Start will only open in Edge – even if Edge isn’t your default browser. For links that will open in other browsers like Chrome or Firefox, check the links above.

Desktop shortcuts (Desktop shortcuts)

The Start menu is great but some people prefer to use program shortcuts on the desktop.

To add a shortcut, start by minimizing all your open programs so you have clear access to the desktop. Next, click Start > All applications and navigate to the program for which you want to create the shortcut. Now just click and drag the program to the desktop. When you see the little “informasi” badge at the top of the program icon, release the mouse button and you’re done.

When you drag a program to the desktop, it looks like you removed it from the Start menu, but don’t worry, you didn’t. Once you let go of the program icon, it will reappear in the Start menu as well as create a shortcut informasi on the desktop. You can drag and drop programs to the desktop from any part of the Start menu including from tiles.

If you change your mind and want to get rid of a program shortcut on the desktop, just drag it to the Recycle Bin.

Add Tiles From Specific Application Section

Windows 10 supports a Microsoft feature called deep linking. This allows you to informasi to specific sections of, or content within, modern Windows Store apps. It doesn’t work for every app as they have to support it, but it’s always worth a try.

Let’s say you want to add a tile for the Wi-Fi section of the Settings app. Start by going to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi. Now, in the left navigation menu right click on Wi-Fi and select Pin to Start. Just like with the Edge tile, a pop-up window appears asking if you want to pin this as a tile to the Start menu. Click Yes and you are all set.

In addition to the Settings app, we can also add specific notes within a OneNote notebook, specific inboxes from the Mail app, or individual albums in Groove.

There’s a lot more you can do with the Start menu which we’ll leave behind for another time. For now, add these three tips to the ones we’ve covered, and you’ll be on your way to mastering Windows 10’s Start menu in no time.

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