Enable or Disable Full Screen Start Menu in Windows 10

windows 10 logo iconStart menu is back with Windows 10 and it is the default setting for users having a Mice and Keyboard attached to their systems. However, the Start Screen (or full screen Start Menu)  is not gone. It still exists and should be the default layout for those of us using Touch Enabled devices such as Tablets. For those interested in using the full screen Start on their desktops, it can be easily enabled in Windows 10. Similarly, users who want to change from full screen Start Screen to the smaller Start Menu can also follow this tutorial.

Switch Between Full Screen and Compressed Start Menu

Desktops users (especially those upgrading from Windows 7) will be more happy with the smaller Start Menu as it works better while using Mouse as the controller. But for those with Touch capable screens, full screen Start Screen will be a better idea as it is a way more touch friendly than the Start menu. Anyways, here’s how to alternate between the two and choose the one you like.

  1. Click Start and choose Settings.
  2. Open Personalization and choose Start from the left menu.
  3. Enable or Disable the toggle under Use Start full screen.

    Use Start Full Screen Windows 10

    Enable/Disable Full screen Start

Switching the Start layouts will not affect your customization. When you switch back and forth, your pinned tiles will stay at the position they were at.

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46 Responses to Enable or Disable Full Screen Start Menu in Windows 10

  1. ReganGlover January 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

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  2. Ben June 18, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    Ahem. That box is no longer there. You cannot switch anymore. Unless there is another way we obviously don’t know about. The start menu and Cortana show up when you go into a game. If you could fix it so that they ONLY show up when you either click it or press the start button that would be nice.

  3. Puru Raj June 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    ‘Use the Start menu instead of Start screen’ is not in my start menu properties . The start menu doesn’t open and the personalize option when I right click o my desktop shows – ‘This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if already installed, create an association in Default Programs control panel.

  4. Blacky June 29, 2015 at 2:17 am #

    Like others before there is no start tab under properties. Where is it going? Tired of reloading to get to work once the after restart is gone.

    • Narender Singh June 29, 2015 at 10:19 am #

      I’m sorry, but this was there in very early Windows 10 builds. MS removed it later on i guess.

  5. Paul July 31, 2015 at 2:31 am #

    I dont have a start menu tab in the properties menu

    • Raven July 31, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

      I dont have a start menu tab in the properties menu ither so now what?

  6. Rodney August 1, 2015 at 12:19 am #

    I don’t have the start menu tab in the properties menu. I’ve tried posting the following in PowerShell and still nothing:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

    Windows 10 is pissing me off!!!

  7. Joy August 1, 2015 at 1:04 am #

    Yes, I am having the same problem. I right clicked TaskBar and the Start Menu tab is not there. I am using a computer with a mouse. Windows 10 might not be the one for me. I’ve been online all morning and have yet to find an answer.

    • paulo August 1, 2015 at 5:13 am #

      I’m having the same issue… start menu does not work.

      • Anna October 28, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

        Me too! I have a Start button under my personalization properties and I turn off the “Turn on the Start sceen” button, but nothing changes! I still have start screen either way. It is driving me crazy, I just want to work with my desktop. Windows, what the hell!?

        • Bland Crowder February 5, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

          Exactly the same with me. It is sometimes impossible to get to the screens I’m working on. Alt-Tab doesn’t do it. And in my settings it is OFF, but my start screen is open, full-screen, constantly. It was not like this in the beginning of W10.

  8. Peter August 8, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    Same issue here as well! There are loads of people who since upgrading to Windows 10, have lost the start menu, even the Microsoft Edge. There are bugs in this new OS and I now know why they offered it for free.

  9. Albert August 10, 2015 at 2:40 am #

    Having same problem start will not work. Where is microsoft with the answer?

    • Narender Singh August 10, 2015 at 7:56 am #

      Microsoft will simply ask you to reset your PC 😛 JK.. Hope they release a fix soon.

  10. Danny Johnson August 16, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    Figured out how to get the start menu back after switching to start screen.
    go to settings, system, tablet mode, turn off where it says make windows more user friendly when using your device as a tablet.

    • Cy Evans August 20, 2015 at 12:00 am #

      Thanks Danny, that fixed my problems with my Asus Tablet/Laptop device…

    • leah August 20, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

      thanks danny, i had trouble all day with that.

    • Derek McC August 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

      Thanks Danny. Wow, imagine that

    • Rick August 31, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

      Ace – thanks for this. Trawled what seems like the entire internet for a fix. I’m not even on a tablet.


    • Amy September 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

      Thanks so much Danny! Hah, i can finally sleep easy now 🙂

    • Sheldon Penner October 1, 2015 at 6:53 am #

      One more voice to the chorus: Thank you, Danny! Your solution is the Solution!

    • Jon October 4, 2015 at 8:45 am #

      Danny, you’re the man! This drove me up the wall for days. Thanks for sharing this solution!

    • Joseph October 16, 2015 at 8:29 am #

      You’re a champ, Danny! Took myself and a colleague a long time to work this one out and only got it to work after trying out your suggestion!

      • Narender Singh October 16, 2015 at 11:43 am #

        Glad that it was helpful to both of you 🙂

    • Anna October 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      You have no idea how happy you just made me. Thank you so much! So disappointed about windows.

    • Eileen January 17, 2016 at 2:35 am #

      Thank You spent days trying to sort this out was on verge of a reset.

    • DK April 7, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

      Yay!!!! Thanks!!!

    • Chris April 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

      omg. thank you! it was driving me crazy – no idea how it turned itself on to begin with.

    • John May 3, 2016 at 2:59 am #

      You… Are… A…. Savior…

    • Randi May 10, 2016 at 6:49 am #

      THANK YOOOOOOOU! That stupid Start Screen was pissing me off!!!

    • anita May 20, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

      Danny…i could give you a kiss right now. shit was driving me crazy. you are a darling

    • Angela June 17, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

      Danny, you are the champion of the world. Thanks so much!

    • Bob July 9, 2016 at 11:25 am #


    • Jake July 25, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

      One more time — THANK YOU, DANNY!

  11. Senthil Kumar N August 26, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    In my laptop i upgraded from the existing windows 7 home premium to Windows 10. It was working for one or two days. After that yesterday when i was working the following message came in the monitor “Your Computer needs to shut down ” .After it shut down and i started it again it did not boot up and come to the start menu.
    The computer hangs before i log into my account by giving the password. kindly help to solve this problem

  12. Gonzo October 9, 2015 at 9:36 pm #


    awesome fix, was going nutz!

  13. Alexa October 12, 2015 at 5:48 am #

    Thanks Danny,

    I was since July fighting with this!!
    God bless

  14. ian October 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    danny, i love you

  15. MikeM October 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    Danbny, you’re an absolute star! And what dorks Windows are……!!

  16. Karl Dallas November 6, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    I have deselected “Use Start Full Screen” but it still opens full screen. It is really getting in the way. I tried to restore to a previous setting, but the Restore capability has been removed, presumably from a recent “upgrade”.

  17. Damion December 2, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    Tried Danny’s sugggestion, still not getting start screen to pop-up when i click it…. Only works when I switch it to full screen

    • David March 14, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

      all u have to do is slide the right side of your computer and turn of tablet mode

  18. anirudh December 29, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

    guys i tried to enable the full screen menu of windows 10 from personalization/start/ off but still the full screen is not shutting off… its locked on full screen menu……..

  19. naeem January 17, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    Hi…when i m clicking on start menu tiles , it is not working ….what to do ..?

  20. David March 14, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    all u have to do is slide the right side of your computer and turn of tablet mode

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