In desktop mode, Windows 10 allows you to use the Start menu in full screen mode (like the Start menu in tablet mode) or in a more traditional way that only covers part of the screen. How to change how it works.
Depending on how you have your Start menu configured, a Full screen Start menu looks something like this. As expected, it covers the entire screen (but not the taskbar), and you can switch between a “pin tiles”; view and an “all apps” view with the buttons in the upper left corner.
It’s a bit like Windows 8’s home screen – a large full screen screen where you can place all of your shortcut tiles.
To configure whether you see the Start menu in full screen mode in desktop mode or not, you need to make a change to the Windows settings.
First open “Settings” by clicking on the “Start” menu and select the “Gear” icon on the left. (You can also press Windows + I.)
When Settings opens, click “Customization” on the main screen.
In Personalization, select “Start” from the sidebar to open the “Start” settings.
In the Start menu settings, look for the switch labeled “Use Start Full Screen.” To use the Start menu in full screen mode 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”.
Note that this setting does not affect the start menu in full screen mode in tablet mode. While your computer is in tablet mode, it will always display a Start menu in full screen mode.
To quickly disable the tablet mode, open the “Action Center” by clicking or tapping the message button at the bottom of the taskbar. When the Action Center menu appears, select the “Tablet Mode” button.
You can also disable turning off tablet mode completely in Settings> System> Tablet.
You do not need to use a start menu in full screen mode to have more space for shortcuts. If you want to use a larger Start menu without occupying the full screen, you can easily resize the Start menu by clicking and dragging the edges of the Start menu.
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