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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  • Won’t work for me. Start Screen has been stuck on my computer since I updated to Windows 10, and changing the setting doesn’t help. I have restarted it multiple times then tried again, but it still won’t work. Is there anyone who may know of a solution to the problem? Is anyone else experiencing this?

  • Thankfully I’ve installed ClassicShell, Spybot Antibeacon and managed to disable the inbuilt Windows 10 menu and all of the application based crap that M$ have pumped into this release of Windunce.

  • I just realized this, I had my computer in tablet mode. All you have to do to get rid of table mode is click the little message box in the bottom right, at the bottom there will be twelve boxes the first box says tablet mode. Click there and your desktop is fix. 🙂 Hope this helped!

  • 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……..

  • 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

  • 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”.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

      • 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!?

        • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

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

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

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