The Start Screen Microsoft added to Windows 8 and 8.1 annoyed a lot of desktop users. Of course, that could have easily been disabled, although it should have never been on by default for desktop computers. The Start Menu added in Windows 10 is a different type of beast – a combination of the old Start Menu and the Start Screen. One of the things you can do right now is to make the Windows 10 Start Menu run in full screen.
This will, of course, make it very similar to the old Start Screen so if you actually enjoyed it, you can get it back almost instantly.
How to make the Windows 10 Start Menu run in full screen
Once you make the Windows 10 Start Menu run in full screen you will notice it has a slightly different layout. There’s a hamburger button in the upper left corner which allows you to expand items such as pinned tiles and all apps.
Also, the Start menu becomes transparent in full screen, as the blur effect appears to be removed. Instead, it will slightly darken the background.
The Settings app includes an option dedicated to making the Start menu open in full screen. Here’s what you need to do:
Open Settings and navigate to Personalization -> Start.
In the list of options, you will find one called “Use Start full screen”. Toggle the switch next to it to the ON position.
Now if you click on the Start button, the Start menu will open in full screen. That’s it!
It’s also worth noting the Start menu is always displayed in full-screen if you have the Tablet Mode feature enabled, although this feature is not particularly useful for desktop users.
For comparison purposes, you can take a look at the image above to see how the regular Start Menu looks.