Get that Windows 10 Start Menu Organized

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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.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.

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.

The easiest way to add site shortcuts to the Start menu relies on the Microsoft Edge browser. 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.

  1. Start by opening the browser and navigating to your favorite website.

  2. Select the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner of the browser.

    Screenshot of Settings menu in Microsoft Edge
  3. Select More Tools.

    Screenshot of More Tools in Edge settings
  4. From the drop-down menu that opens select Pin this page to Start.

    Screenshot of Pin This Page to Start in Edge Settings
  5. A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to pin the site to Start. Select Yes and you're done.

    Screenshot of Do you want to pin this tile to Start?

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. 

  1. Start by minimizing all your open programs so that you have clear access to the desktop.

    The quickest way to minimize all windows is by using the Show Desktop button.

  2. Open the Start menu.

    Screenshot of Windows 10 Start menu
  3. Navigate to the program you want to create a shortcut for.

  4. Click and drag the program to the desktop. When you see a "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.

    Screenshot of Link icon on shortcut
  5. 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.

  1. 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.

    Screenshot of Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi
  2. In the left-hand navigation menu right-click Wi-Fi and select Pin to Start.

    Screenshot of Pin to Start in right-click menu
  3. 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. Select Yes and you're all set.

    Screenshot of Pin to Start confirmation