Windows 10 comes with a completely reworked Start menu, which combines Live Tiles introduced in Windows 8 with classic app shortcuts. It has an adaptive design and can be used on displays with various sizes and resolutions. In this article, we'll see how to rename items you see under "All Apps" in the Start menu in Windows 10.
In Windows 10, the Start menu is completely different. It has nothing common with the its previous implementations. It is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app which combines the list of installed apps with Live Tiles and shortcuts pinned to the right pane.
Items in the Start menu come with a context menu which allows performing various actions like "Pin to taskbar", "Uninstall", and so on.
Tip: The Start menu features the 'Recently added apps' list which shows the classic and Store apps you've recently installed.If you are unhappy to see this area in the Start menu, here's how to remove it.
Windows 10 Start menu combines items available for the current user with apps and shortcuts available for all users of the PC. Depending on what you want, it is possible to rename your personal shortcuts or common shortcuts of the Start menu. Here is how it can be done.
To rename Start menu items in All Apps in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open the Start menu and navigate to the item you want to remove. Tip: You can use alphabet navigation to save your time.
- Right-click on the item and select More - Open File Location.
- The File Explorer will appear with the shortcut selected in the file list. Rename it to what you want. Confirm the UAC request if prompted.
You can access the Start menu folders directly with File Explorer. Open the following folder (copy-paste the path below to the File Explorer's address bar:
Once you hit the Enter key, the folder containing Start menu shortcuts for your current user account will be opened. These shortcuts are visible in the Start menu when you are signed in with your own account and not visible to other users of your computer.
The next folder contains shortcuts for all users.
These shortcuts are visible in the Start menu for all users of your computer.
Tip: To measure how many items you have in the Start menu, refer to the article How many Start menu shortcuts you have in Windows 10.
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