While in desktop mode, Windows 10 allows you to use the Start menu in a full-screen mode or in a way that only covers part of the screen. Lets explore how to do this.
Depending on how you have your Start menu configured, a full-screen Start menu covers the entire screen (but not the Taskbar), and you can change between a “pinned tiles” view and an “all apps” view using the buttons in the upper-left corner.
In either view, you will see a screen full of shortcuts that you click on to launch an application. Refer to below image for a partial view of my desktop:
To configure whether you see the full-screen Start menu in desktop mode or not, we need to make a change in Windows Settings.
This is for devices running Windows 10 operating system
First, click the Start menu, select the Gear icon on the bottom left, then click Settings, or press the Windows+I keys to open Settings. See below image:
Now, click on Personalization. See following image:
Next, select Start from the sidebar to open the its settings. Refer to below image:
In Start menu settings, scroll down to the switch labeled Use Start Full Screen. If you would like to use the Start menu full screen in desktop mode, set this switch to On. If you do not want Start to cover the entire screen when you open it in desktop mode, set this switch to Off. See below image:
Note! If your PC is in tablet mode, it will always show a full-screen Start menu.
You do not have to use a full-screen Start menu to get more room for shortcuts. If you would like to use a larger Start menu without having it occupy the full screen, you can easily resize the Start menu by clicking and dragging its edges.
Also, you can add a few more tiles by enabling the switch labeled Show more tiles located at the top of Start menu settings. Refer to above image.
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