How to Switch Between Start Menu and Start Screen in Windows 10?

Most of us know that Microsoft has added the most requested feature i.e. Start Menu in Windows 10 operating system but some people are confused whether Microsoft has removed Start Screen from Windows 10 and replaced it with Start Menu? I have received many emails from readers which are asking the same question.


Let me clear all doubts! Start Screen in Windows 10 still exists but when you install Windows 10, the new Start Menu is enabled by default. The old Start Screen is disabled but can be enabled using a simple option provided in new Settings app.

The important thing is that you can either have Start Menu or have Start Screen at a time. You can't enjoy both the things together. So its up to you whether you want to enjoy the new Start Menu or use the old Start Screen.

People who want to switch between Start Menu and Start Screen in Windows 10, can follow these simple steps:

1. Open Start Menu and click on Settings option.

2. Now go to "Personalization -> Start" and set "Use Start full screen" option to On.


3. That's it. It'll immediately start showing Start Menu in full screen which will look and work like Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen as shown in following screenshot:


4. If you want to restore Start Menu again, just set the option "Use Start full screen" to Off.

Also check following article to disable Tablet Mode:

[Fix] Apps and Programs Automatically Minimize in Windows 10

NOTE: Following method was written for older Windows 10 preview builds but it no longer works in final RTM version of Windows 10:

1. Right-click on Taskbar and select Properties.

2. Go to Start Menu tab and disable "Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen" option.

3. As soon as you apply the settings, Windows will ask your confirmation to sign out/log off to make changes.

4. Click on "Sign out and change settings" button and it'll end the current session.

5. Log in again and you'll get the Start Screen back in Windows 10.

In future, if you want to re-enable the new Start Menu, simply enable "Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen" option again.

If you remember we asked for the same thing in our following exclusive article:

[Wishlist] Features You Want to See in Next Windows Version

Thanks Microsoft for listening us.

If you are using Windows 10, which one do you prefer: The new Start Menu or the old Start Screen?

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