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Make Windows 10 Start menu look like Windows 7 Start menu

The Windows 10 Start Menu is a redesign of the original Start Menu. It is not the Start Menu which we are used to seeing in Windows 7. It includes live tiles from the Start screen and eliminates the useful system and personal folders which used to be 1-click away. The Start Menu may look a bit cluttered out-of-the-box to some users. If you are not happy with its default look, here is good news for you - you can customize and tweak it by removing all the unnecessary items easily. Follow this tutorial to make Windows 10 Start menu look like Windows 7 Start menu.

First, you might want to unpin live tiles from the Start menu. Right click the tile and choose "Unpin from Start":
unpin a tile
Repeat this for all the tiles you have pinned there. The Start menu will look like the classic Windows menu.
start menu unpinned
The new feature of the Start menu is the ability to adjust its height. Drag its top edge to resize it. Play with its size to set the optimal size for you.
start menu resized
Now, it is a good idea to pin some actually useful places and apps you visit frequently such as Documents and Control Panel. Right click the appropriate location in File Explorer and click "Pin to Start" from the context menu.
pin control panel

pin this pc
Resize your pinned tiles to the small size using the right click menu. Note that with the small tile size, you lose text on the tiles. It is instead shown in a tooltip when you hover over the Tiles.
resize pinned tile
That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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