The Jump lists feature was introduced in Windows 7 for the Start Menu and for the new taskbar. When you right click a pinned app on the taskbar or hover over an app's icon in the Start Menu which has an arrow, it will show you a set of tasks and recent documents. For example, if you have pinned your browser, it will show you tasks to open it in private browsing mode or open a new tab. In Windows 10, due to the new redesigned Start menu, jump lists were not available yet. However, in Windows 10 build 10041, which is the latest public build available as of this writing, Microsoft has reimplemented jump lists. Here is how you can enable them.
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While I wrote recently that Windows 10 build 10041 is similar to 10036 which was leaked several days ago, there is a minor change in the Settings app. It appears that in Windows 10 Microsoft will allow you to pin your frequently used settings/pages of the Settings app to the Start menu. To learn how it works, follow this simple tutorial.
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In the currently released Technical Preview build of Windows 10, Microsoft has implemented the Start menu and the Start screen separately, and you are able to choose between them using Taskbar properties. This requires you to sign out and log in back to your account, which can be a bit annoying. Every time you log out, you lose your open apps and files. Let's see how to avoid this and switch between the Start menu and the Start screen without logging out.
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Windows 10 comes with a reimagined Start menu as well as the Start screen. Microsoft kept both options to make the OS more user-friendly for Desktop users. The Start menu in Windows 10 allows the user to have apps and live tiles pinned on the right side. Similar to the Start screen in Windows 8.1, the Start menu in Windows 10 has a shutdown button with options to restart or turn off the PC or tablet. However, the same button does not include options to sign out or lock the PC. Let's see how to access these.
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Windows Search is a really great time-saving feature of Windows because it indexes all my important stuff. I cannot imagine how my productivity would be affected if Windows Search wasn't available. In Windows 10, the new Start menu is also powered by Windows Search and you can use it to launch installed apps and Control Panel items very quickly using the trick described below.
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In Windows 10, it is possible to add the Hibernate option to the power button menu inside the Start menu. Using that command, you can easily use hibernation instead of the shutdown command and your PC will still be powered off. The hibernation mode in Windows is very useful and time-saving as you don't have to close your open documents and apps before powering off the system. You can resume your work the next time exactly where you stopped. Here is how to add the Hibernate command to Start Menu in Windows 10.
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Unlike the good old Start menu in Windows 7, the Start menu in Windows 10 do not come with an easy option to add the Run command. Many users prefer to have a clickable item to open the Run dialog. Personally, I love and always use Win + R keyboard shortcut, but for mouse and touchpad users who really miss the Run item in Windows 10's Start Menu, here is a very simple way to get something similar to Windows 7's Run command.
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Pinning apps to the Start menu in Windows 10 can be really confusing even for power users. Unlike in previous versions of Windows, the "Pin to Start" command in the Start menu pins the selected item to the right side of the Start menu! The left side can also be used for pinning apps like in Windows 7, however, it is not obvious how to add apps there exactly. While you can customize the left area using the Taskbar Properties dialog, or drag an icon from the frequently used app list, you cannot pin apps to the left from the "All apps" list, because when you open All apps in Start menu, the top left area will dissapear, and you just have no place left to drag icons! Here are two workarounds I discovered to resolve this issue.
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The new Start Menu in Windows 10 is different compared to the good old Start menus from older releases of Windows. It now combines Live tiles for Modern apps, shows Modern apps in the All apps list and even allows you to resize it. It has a special area called the Start list in the top left corner which allows you to have one or more pinned locations above frequent apps. Here is how to customize the list.
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Windows 10 features two options to launch apps - it now has both, a Start screen and the Start menu. While the Start menu was the most anticipated change of Windows 10 for many users, there is a group of users who are comfortable with the Start screen and just do not want to switch back. Thankfully, Windows 10 provides you an appropriate option to satisfy both categories of users. Just follow the simple instructions in this article.
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