Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 6, 2017
Using your Start Screen

Whether you use the Start Screen or not, you at least see it in each of your sessions and usually more than a few times. There may be some good uses for your Start Screen.

To get to your Start Screen, click the Start button. This is the Start Screen. It is the window with a bunch of colored squared-tiles, each representing a shortcut to an app or a program.

Do you remember when Microsoft introduced Windows 8, with this new “Start Screen?” The people seemed to revolt and what do we have today? We essentially have the same look and feel of Windows 7, but with this Start Screen out there that doesn’t get used much.

I do use the Start Screen, but the Desktop is still my “go to” place where everything begins for me, no matter what I want to do, I can almost always access it from my Desktop. I use my Start Screen to save everything else that I use occasionally, or even once.

First, go to your Settings page by clicking the Start button and then clicking the “sprocket or gear” icon, just above the Start button. Click the box: “Personalization.” Now, you’ll see numerous ways to customize your Desktop experience and I recommend you come back here and go through all the options. Next, click “Start” from the menu to the left.

In the center menu, I’ll give you my recommendation, but you are free to select any of the options. If you want to change any of them back, that is okay too, just return here to do so.

Where it states: “Show more tiles,” this gives us a view of more available apps and programs on the Start Screen, move the slider to “On.”

If you do not want to receive suggestions in Start, move the slider to “Off.”

I personally don’t have any of the other options enabled. Where it states: “Use Start full screen,” this may be a preference for many users. Move the slider to “On,” and click the Start button to determine if you like the changes.

One thing to point out, if you use the Start “full screen,” it changes the view. When in full screen, you control your views by the icons at the top-left. The third from the top is the “All apps” view. The second icon from the top is the “Pinned” tiles view. The top icon, is a menu to reach both of these. If you don’t enable “Use Start full screen,” then all the apps appear in a scrolling list.

When you choose to “Pin” a program to a location, you can remember to pin those that get regular, daily use to the taskbar, and those that are used less regular, to the Start Screen.

For 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at

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