Get that Windows 10 Start Menu Organized

The Windows 10 Start menu.

 Ian Paul

Here we go, the final episode of our Windows 10 Start menu saga. We've already learned some basic tips about the Live Tiles area, and taken a look at the limited control you have over the left side of the Start menu.

Now, it's time to delve into a few tips that will make you a Start menu master.

Websites as Tiles

First up, is the ability to add websites to the Live Tiles section of the Start menu. If you have a favorite blog, website, or forum you visit every day it's the simplest thing in the world to add it to your Start menu. That way, you don't even have to launch your browser manually when you open your PC in the morning. Just click the tile and you'll land on your favorite site automatically.

We're going to look at the easiest way to add site shortcuts to the Start menu; a method that relies on Microsoft Edge--the new browser built-in to Windows 10. There's a more advanced procedure we won't cover here that lets you open Start menu links in other browsers. If you want to learn more about that option check out the tutorial on SuperSite for Windows.

For the Edge method, start by opening the browser and navigating to your favorite website. Once you're there and signed in if it's a forum or social network, click on the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner of the browser. From the dropdown menu that opens select Pin this page to Start.

A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to pin the site to Start. Click Yes and you're done.

The only downside to this approach is that any tiles you add to Start will only open in Edge--even if Edge isn't your default browser. For links that will open in other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, check out the link above.

Desktop shortcuts from Start

The Start menu is great but some people prefer to use program shortcuts on the desktop instead. 

To add shortcuts,, start by minimizing all your open programs so that you have clear access to the desktop. Next, click on Start > All apps and navigate to the program you want to create a shortcut for. Now just click and drag the program to the desktop. When you see a little "link" badge at the top of the program icon release the mouse button and you're done.

As you drag programs to the desktop it may look like you are removing them from the Start menu, but don't worry, you're not. Once you release the program icon it will reappear on the Start menu as well as create a shortcut link on the desktop. You can drag and drop programs to the desktop from any part of the Start menu including from the tiles.

If you ever change your mind and want to get rid of a program shortcut on the desktop just drag it to the Recycle Bin.

Add Tiles From Specific Sections of Apps

Windows 10 supports a Microsoft feature called deep linking. This allows you to link to specific parts of, or content inside, a modern Windows Store app. This doesn't work for every app as they have to support it, but it's always worth trying out.

Let's say you wanted to add a tile for the Wi-Fi section of the Settings app. Start by opening Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi. Now, in the left-hand navigation menu right-click on Wi-Fi and select Pin to Start. Just as with the Edge tile, a pop-up window appears asking if you want to pin this as a tile to the Start menu. Click Yes and you're all set.

In addition to the Settings app, we were also able to add specific notes inside a OneNote notebook, a certain inbox from the Mail app, or individual albums in Groove.

There's a whole lot more you can do with the Start menu that we'll leave for another time. For now, add these three tips to the ones we've already covered, and you'll be on the road to Windows 10 Start menu mastery in no time.