One of the most characteristic elements of Windows is its Start menu. Here, we can add a shortcut to any installed application, both without UWP and normal applications. However, when it comes to organizing these icons, the Microsoft operating system does not offer the desired experience.
Within the Settings menu we find the so-called tiles or application mosaics on the right side, which are added when we install applications or games. Some of these tiles show animated updates such as Weather and News and others are static and only show what they are. These tiles can be arranged and grouped into individual groups, so let’s see how we can do it.
Create and group tiles on the Start menu
Next, we are going to see how we can create groups of tiles, group them, create subgroups and move them to place them in the desired part within the menu. These steps are very simple so they can be carried out by all types of users.
Pin apps to Start menu
One of the things that we must take into account is that not all installed applications will create a mosaic within the Start menu. That is why, if we want to have everything well organized, surely we need to anchor some of our applications that we have installed in the Start menu .
To do this, what we must do is drag an application from the Applications column that we find on the left side to a group of tiles located on the right. Or, we can also right-click on one of the applications in the list and click on the option “Anchor to Start”, to then be able to move the mosaic to where we want.
Move tiles to existing groups
When we open the Windows 10 Start menu, we can see that some tiles or tiles are already grouped. By default we find groups such as “Productivity”, where we find tiles such as “Edge”, “Mail” or the Microsoft office suite if we have it installed. We can also find a group called “Explore” and inside we find the application of “Microsoft Store”, “El Tiempo”, “Microsoft News”, “Movies and Entertainment”, etc.
We may be interested in leveraging those groups to add new tiles, which helps your organization and makes it easier for us to find them later. To be able to add more tiles to those already existing groups, just click and hold on the icon that we are going to see with the left mouse button and, without releasing, move it to the existing group .
Create tile groups
Adding tiles to existing groups is great to keep our Start menu organized. But surely, it may be of interest to us to have the possibility of creating our own personalized groups. To do this, we must drag the mosaics that we want to add to a group to an open area within the Start menu.
First of all, to make the organization of the groups more comfortable for us, it is advisable to enlarge the Start menu on the right . To do this we put the mouse pointer over the horizontal edge of the panel and keeping it pressed we drag it to the right. In this way we get a broader view of the panel. Once finished if we want we can do the same operation to the left to narrow it.
Later, we are going to give our group of tiles a name . To do this we simply have to place the pointer over the group and we will see a pop-up window that says “Give group name”. We click on it and a field will open where we can write the name we want for our group of mosaics. And with this we would have our group where we can go putting and organizing mosaics.
Perhaps it is a somewhat strange way of doing it, since the normal thing would be that we could directly add a group and give it the name and then enter the corresponding tiles, and not have to first add a tile to be able to create the group, but Microsoft does. wanted so …
Create subgroups of tiles within another group
When it comes to organizing our Start menu and its mosaics, we must know that we can not only create unique groups. But, in addition, we can create subgroups of tiles within a group . This is something we can quickly. To do this, we must hold down the mouse pointer on the desired mosaic and move it over another mosaic within the group. This will create a new group with these two tiles, being able to add later all the tiles that we want to add. Later we can name the group and create different subgroups within each group of tiles.
When organizing our mosaics by folders, an option that may be of interest to us is the possibility of changing their size. If we make the tiles smaller, a better administration of the Start menu will help us. On the other hand, if we want to have few items in the menu, but we want them to be good, we can also make them appear larger.
To carry out this, we simply have to click with the right button of the mouse on the mosaic that we want to change the size. This will open a small contextual menu where we will have the option to “Resize”. By default it is in “Medium” size, but we can change it to “Small”, “Wide” or “Large”, according to our preferences.
Move entire tile groups
Once we have created our groups and ordered the elements that compose it, we can only place each group of tiles in the place that seems most appropriate. We can see the group at the top or bottom, until we have them all perfectly organized. This is something that we can do in a very simple way, because we only have to click with the left button of the mouse on the name of the group and without releasing it, drag and move it to the desired place where we want to locate it.
Show the Start menu with only tiles
In addition to being able to group tiles within the Start menu, Windows 10 also gives us the opportunity to completely hide the list of applications that we already have installed in our operating system, so that the entire Start menu space is reserved for users. mosaics. Thus, we avoid that the chaotic list of applications ends up taking up space.
To do this, we just have to open the “Settings” menu, pressing the keyboard shortcut “Windows + I”. Once this is done, we select the “Personalization” section.
On the next screen, we will click on the «Start» section in the left column. Later, in the list on the right we will see the option «Show applications list in the Start menu». We uncheck it and when we reopen the Start menu we will see how the list does not appear, leaving only space for the buttons on the left and the tiles or icons of the installed applications.