Organizing the Navigation Menu of the Start Menu
The Start menu includes a customizable navigation menu that features your most frequently used apps by default. In turn, jump lists will appear for many apps in this list showing recent files or web pages accessed by the application. Some will appreciate the ability to remove items that appear in these lists. To remove an application from the Most Used list or from a jump list, simply right-click the item you want to remove and select Remove from This List, as shown in Figure 3.11. Notice that you can pin an item to a jump list as well.
FIGURE 3.11 You can remove items from lists that appear in the Start menu.
Some important settings are available that you can use to customize the navigation menu of the Start menu. They will influence what appears here.
To customize the navigation menu, follow these steps:
- From the Start menu, select Settings to open the Settings app.
- Select Personalization and then Start from the vertical navigation menu of the Settings app (refer to Figure 3.5).
Under Start there are three switches that determine what can appear in the navigation menu:
- Show Most Used Apps—This switch enables the Most Used list. Apps will appear and disappear from this list based on your usage. Turn this switch to Off to prevent this.
- Show Recently Added Apps—This list will appear occasionally when you have installed new applications on your device.
- Show Recently Opened Items in Jump Lists on Start or the Taskbar—This allows Windows to use jump lists that will list the most recently files that have been opened by an application. (Figure 3.11 shows an example of a Jump List for the VLC Media Player application.) If you want to disable the jump list feature for some reason, slide the switch Store and Display Recently Opened Items in Start and the Taskbar to Off. Notice that this will also prevent jump lists from working on the taskbar for pinned applications such as File Explorer.
Select the text Choose Which Folders Appear on Start to see a list of additional features that can be added to the navigation menu. The Settings app will shift its focus to the list shown in Figure 3.12. Permanently add shortcuts to the navigation menu immediately above the Start button using switches. Switch anything that you would like to see when opening the Start menu to On. (In Tablet mode you will still need to expand the hamburger menu, so you might prefer to pin these to the Start menu as a tile instead.) To see these changes take effect, you may need to sign out and then sign back in to your device.
FIGURE 3.12 You can permanently add key shortcuts to the Start menu from the Settings app.