How to Resize Windows 10 Start Menu

As you may already know, Windows 10 comes with a refined user interface of the Start menu. It allows resizing of its area with tiles. It is also possible to change its height or width only. Let's see how it can be done.

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To resize the Start Menu in Windows 10, click the Start button on the taskbar or press the Win key on your keyboard. The Start menu will be opened.

Windows 10 Default Start Menu

To change height of the Start menu, move your mouse pointed to the top edge of the Start menu, click and hold the left button and drag it up or down.

Windows 10 Start Menu Resize Top

The same can be done to change the Start menu width. Drag the right edge of the Start menu pane to change its size.

Windows 10 Resize Start Menu Side

Starting with Windows 10 Build 16215, you can perform diagonal resize of the Start menu. The Start menu pane can be resized diagonally.

Windows 10 Diagonal Resize Start Menu

Tip: You can make your Start menu very narrow and reduce its size to a single column.

  1. Unpin every tile you have pinned on the right side of Start menu. Just right click each tile and pick the item "Unpin from Start" from its context menu. windows 10 unpin from start
  2. Once you do this for all tiles, your Start menu will look as follows:
    windows 10 start menu all unpined
    Now click and drag the right edge of the remaining empty space to the left.
  3. You will get something like this:
    windows 10 single column Start menu
    Now adjust the height of the Start menu by dragging the top edge towards the bottom.
    windows 10 single column Start menu height
  4. Now, customize the items in the bottom left area of the Start menu as described in the article "How to customize the Start menu in Windows 10".

If you prefer the full screen Start menu instead, you can do the following.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Personalization - Start.Windows 10 Settings Personalization Start
  3. On the right, find and enable the option Use Start full screen.Make Windows 10 Start Menu Full Screen

This will enable the full-screen Start menu in Windows 10.

That's it.

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11 thoughts on “How to Resize Windows 10 Start Menu

  1. OMC

    Sergey,
    after using your tweak to disable live tiles, I can’t enable them anymore.
    What shall I do to enable them again?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Delete the registry value.
      Type in the command prompt: gpupdate /force
      Reboot your PC.
      This should help!

      Reply
      1. OMC

        Which registry value?

        Reply
        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          In registry, go to:
          HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications
          Delete this parameter: NoTileApplicationNotification
          Open a new command prompt window.
          Type: gpupdate /force
          Restart Windows 10.
          This should help.
          I wonder if “reset defaults” button on the tweak’s page doesn’t work.

          Reply
  2. Jimmy Singh

    What is the registry to change Start into full screen?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      When you toggle the option, it writes some binary data to
      HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount\$$windows.data.unifiedtile.startglobalproperties\Current\Data
      You can use the policy tweak instead:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
      ForceStartSize=2

      ForceStartSize is a 32-bit DWORD value.

      Reply
  3. David H Johnson

    Is there any way to resize the Start Menu to TWO tiles wide instead of THREE?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Idk, at the first look this is not possible.

      Reply
  4. rOB

    What app do you use to record desktop and export to gif file ?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      The app is called “Peek”, it is a Gnome 3-designed app for Linux.

      Reply
  5. Timothy Rogers

    Starting with Windows 10 Build 16215, you can perform diagonal resize of the Start menu. The Start menu pane can be resized diagonally.

    Hello;
    I am curious as to why I can’t resize my start menu from left to right.

    I can resize up to down and I can resize diagonally

    Is there some sort of trick to do this ?

    I want to make it look proper not have a big wide space from tiles to the edge of start menu

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, and thank you in advance for all the help you are about to give to me.

    Reply

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