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How to enable or disable Start menu full screen on Windows 10

In addition to the regular size, you can use the Start menu in full screen mode, and in this guide, you'll learn how to switch between the two modes on Windows 10.

Windows 10 Start menu in full screen

On Windows 10, you can make the Start menu full screen to view all of your pinned apps in a single view, and here’s how to enable or disable this feature. By default, Start appears as a small menu at the bottom-left corner of the screen with a left rail with quick access to power options and system folders. In the middle, depending on your customization, you’ll find the all apps list as well as a list with the most recently added and most used app. And on the right, that’s where you’ll find all your pinned apps.

Although the default view fits most people, the Windows 10 Start menu also includes an option to make the menu full screen allowing you to view all your pinned apps in one view. The mode was primarily designed for convertible devices and tablets, but anyone can use it.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable or disable the full screen mode for the Start menu on Windows 10.

How to enable Start menu full screen on Windows 10

To make the Start full screen, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click on Start.

  4. Turn on the Use Start full screen toggle switch.

    Enable Start full screen mode
    Enable Start full screen mode

Once you complete the steps, the menu will resize and now it’ll take the entire screen, allowing you to view all your pinned apps in one view. While in this mode, the all apps won’t be available, but it’s easily accessible by clicking the “All apps” button from the top-left corner.

If you’re using a large screen, instead of listing the tiles on the left side, you could create one or two groups, and then drag them at the middle of the screen. This way when opening the Start menu all your favorite apps will be front and center for quicker access.

In the case you only want to make the menu bigger, you don’t need to enable the full screen mode. You can simply resize the menu by grabbing the corner with the mouse cursor and expanding outwards (or inwards to make it smaller).

How to disable Start menu full screen on Windows 10

If you want the traditional menu back, you were using tablet mode, and then switching to regular mode the system is still stuck in full screen mode, or you’re experiencing another problem, you can disable the mode manually using the Settings app.

To disable the full screen mode of Start, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click on Start.

  4. Turn off the Use Start full screen toggle switch.

    Disable Start full screen mode
    Disable Start full screen mode

After you complete the steps, the Start menu will return to its normal size and making available again the all apps list.