Windows 10 luckily brought back the Start bar, but it certainly looks a little different from what we are used to. With new live tiles making an appearance as well as different options available in styling and organizing your start bar, we have a couple of tips to help you personalize your Start bar.
In the Start bar, you will see a little cog symbol on the far left, this is a short cut to take you to the settings menu. Once inside the settings you can enter into the personalize menu. You have many options as to what you can change in this panel. Here you can change the theme or all the colors of the Graphical User Interface. You can also change what your locked screen looks like as well as adjusting whether Cortana is on your task bar or a host of other possibilities.
You have many options with the live tiles in the Start bar. Everything about them is adjustable. You can click and drag them into any order or location that you would like for them to be in. These tiles can be made from any application that you have installed on the computer. All it takes to create a tile, is to drag it from the applications list into the tile section. Then you can size it, by right clicking on the tile, selecting resize, and choosing a variety of widths and sizes. If you like the tiles, but do not like them to be showing you different information on a regular basis like the “news” app, you can turn off live tiles by right clicking on the tile, selecting more, then turn live tile off. In the images you can see that there are difference sections of tiles such as “Life at a glance” and “Explore”. These sections can be renamed and moved around as well. All of the tiles in the segment will move globally to follow the segment.
In the Start bar settings, if you like the tiles, you can add an extra column of tiles with the Show more tiles selection. Rather than cluttering up your task bar with your frequently used applications, you can add them to your Start bar automatically by sliding the Show most used apps option.
If you really enjoy the tiles on the start bar, you may enjoy using the Use Start full screen option. This makes the Start bar full screen. This allows you to see all of your tiles and uses more real estate to prevent you from clicking on the wrong tile accidentally. In addition to making it full screen, you can also resize the Start bar manually by clicking and dragging on the top or right side of the menu while it is open. The mouse will change icons, so be on the look out for the resizing arrows instead of your usual pointer!
If you have frequently used folders you can add those to your Start bar, as well as having your user home folders such as “Music”, “Downloads”, and “Documents”. Using these types of functions can help you stay organized and spend less time searching for where you saved that folder, and spend more time focusing on the work at hand. Using the Start bar to host all of your frequently used apps will allow you to leave your task bar at the bottom of the screen more available for what you are currently working on, rather than cluttering it with pins of less used applications and folders.
These settings are easy to find, easily reversible, and can help you make your computer work for you! Feel free to experiment! Adjusting these settings will not break your machine’s functionality, so get creative, and put what matters most to you right in the Start bar!