Not fully happy with the Windows 10 Start menu? You may want to try out a Start menu alternative.
The Window 10 Start menu is a welcome addition for those of us who missed the menu in Windows 8 and 8.1. But it may not be the perfect solution for everyone. The new Start menu marries the traditional column of applications with the tiled approach of the Start screen. Those of you not too crazy about tiles might not care for this arrangement. Sure, you can unpin all the tiles from the Start menu but then you’re limited to just the single All Apps column, which doesn’t seem ideal either.
Further, the Start menu’s All Apps list contains folders or shortcuts for every single program you install. That approach can easily lead to a long and crowded list of apps that becomes cumbersome to navigate. Yes, you can edit and rearrange the Windows 10 Start menu to some degree by opening the Programs folder in File Explorer. From there you can create and delete folders and move shortcuts into other folders. But you can’t create subfolders and you can’t move Windows 10 apps into folders.
Okay, so let’s say you’re not overjoyed with the Windows 10 Start menu. What can you do? You can consider a Start menu alternative. First gaining popularity with the release of Windows 8, Start menu alternatives can transform the Windows 10 Start menu into something more akin to the Windows 7 Start menu. Start menu alternatives offer the familiar two-column format and can be organized and arranged according to your preferences.
Some effective Start menu alternatives include Classic Shell, Power 8, and Start 10. Most Start menu alternatives are free, while some cost a modest amount. Whichever product you choose, you’ll find features not available in the Windows 10 Start menu. Let’s look at these three programs and see what they offer and how they work.