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How to Switch between Start screen and Start menu in Windows 10


Windows 10 will start rolling out to users on July 29. If you haven’t yet reserved your copy you can learn how here: Reserve Your Copy.

Microsoft listened to your complaints with Windows 8, 8.1 and 9 and they have revived the Start menu.

If you prefer the Start screen to the Start menu, you can easily switch between the two. If you are using a PC, the Start menu will be the default when you log on. If your device is more like a tablet, the Start screen will still be the default.
Below we will instruct you how to switch between the Start screen and the Start menu.

If your default is the Start menu:

  • Click the Start button and then click Settings.
  • Once on the Settings window, click the setting for Personalization.
  • At the Personalization window, click the option for Start.
  • In the right pane of the screen you’ll see a setting that says “Use Start full screen” that’s currently turned off. Turn that setting on—the button should turn blue and the setting will say “On”.
  • Now click the Start button, you should see the full Start screen.

If your default is the Start screen you need to follow the same steps, except on step 4, you turn the setting to “Off”. On Step 5, when you click the Start button you should see the Start menu.