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1

User

This shows the currently logged in user and allows you to change your account settings, sign out or lock your computer

2

Settings

This opens the settings screen which is explained in more detail here

3

Power

This icon allows you to Shut down, Restart, Hibernate or Sleep your computer

4

Most Used Apps

The apps/programs you use the most will be listed here

5

All Apps

All apps/programs installed on your computer are shown here in an alphabetical list

6

Start Menu Icons/Tiles

This is the main area of the start menu where you can pin icons/tiles for your favorite programs for quick access

 

Customizing the Start Menu

The Start Menu can be customized in several ways:-

 

Resize

 

You can resize the start menu by moving the mouse to the outside edges - the cursor will then change as shown below and you can then click the mouse and drag it larger or smaller as required

 

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Rearrange Tiles

 

You can move any of the tiles on the start menu by clicking on them with the left mouse button (or your finger if using a tablet/touchscreen) and dragging them to the desired location

 

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Folders

 

You can now group the tiles on your Start menu into folders. Drag one tile on top of another, this then groups them together in a single tile folder, when you click on the folder it expands to show the contents.  Clicking the arrow will close the folder again

 

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Deleting Tiles

 

You can delete a tile by right mouse clicking on it and choosing Unpin from Start - or on a tablet/touchscreen by tapping and holding the icon, an icon then appears in top right corner of tile which you can tap to delete it

 

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Resizing Tiles

 

The start menu tiles can be resized by right mouse clicking (or by tapping and holding on a tablet) and choosing Resize from the menu

 

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Name Group

 

All the icons (tiles) can be arranged into groups by dragging them (as above) and then you can name each group by moving the mouse pointer above a group and clicking Name group, or by tapping above a group if using a tablet/touchscreen

 

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Other options

 

Various other settings such as whether to show most used and recently added apps, whether to show all apps list, and what folders appear can be changed by clicking Start > Settings > Personalization > Start

 

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