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    Add or Remove Folders on Start List in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Folders on Start List in Windows 10
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    How to Add or Remove Folders on Start List in Windows 10


    The Start menu in Windows 10 has a Start list that you can customize which folders appear in the list. You can add or remove the File Explorer, Settings, your Documents, your Downloads, your Music, your Pictures, your Videos, Homegroup, Network, and Personal folder to your Start list to open from your Start menu.

    Some of these folders (ex: File Explorer) will display a Jump List (expandable menu caret) for items you recently opened with the link.

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, any additional folders you have chosen to appear on Start will now be immediately available on Start and you will no longer need to open the hamburger button to access them.

    This tutorial will show you how to choose which folders appear on Start list for your account in Windows 10.


    EXAMPLE: Folders on Start Menu
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    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 (Settings) or step 3 (Start menu) below for how you would like to open the "Choose which folders appear on Start" settings.


     2. Open "Choose which folders appear on Start" from Settings

    A) Open the Settings app, and click/tap on Personalization.

    B) Click/tap on Start on the left side, click/tap on the Choose which folders appear on Start link on the right side, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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     3. Open "Choose which folders appear on Start" from the Start menu

    This step is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17074.

    A) Open the Start menu .

    B) Right click on any of the currently turned on folders (ex: Settings) in the Start list, click/tap on Personalize this list, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Turn on (add) or off (remove) the folders for how you want to customize your Start list. (see screenshot below)

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    5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

    If you do not see the changes you made applied to your Start list when you open the Start menu next, then you can restart explorer to force the list to update.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    16 Jul 2015 #1

    Any idea what to do when all options in "choose which folders appear in start" are greyed out?

    It woks just fine for another account on the same computer but for me (the main and 1st admin account) it doesn't work at all.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 29,297
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
    Thread Starter
       16 Jul 2015 #2

    Hello dotslasher, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Do you have any 3rd party Start menu program installed that may be preventing this from being set?
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    17 Jul 2015 #3

    Thanks,

    No, I used to have Start8 installed when I still had Win 8.1 but that's no longer the case as I like the new start menu better.

    I'm also facing with a lot of problems under my login/account.
    Other users on this PC don't have them.

    Such as unable to save files in My Documents / My Pictures -> solved by taking ownership & changing permissions.
    But with every new build I have these permissions errors again.

    My login is a microsoft account.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 29,297
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
    Thread Starter
       17 Jul 2015 #4

    You might see if switching your account to a local account, then switching it back to your Microsoft account may toggle it to work properly again.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html


    If not, then switch it back to a local account, add a new account on your PC with your Microsoft account, and delete the old local account after copying what you want from it to the new account.
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  5. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64 14393
       22 Jul 2015 #5

    Does anybody knows a way to add an item in start list (not in start menu) e.g. i want to add control panel in start list, in Windows 10 version 10240? Thanks in advance
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 29,297
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
    Thread Starter
       22 Jul 2015 #6

    Hello Thanos, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you like, you could create a Control Panel shortcut, and Pin to Start it.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64 14393
       22 Jul 2015 #7

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Thanos, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you like, you could create a Control Panel shortcut, and Pin to Start it.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html
    Thank you Brink, but as i said i want to add this item or another item to start list only, not to start menu. Can you please help?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  • Posts : 29,297
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17672
    Thread Starter
       22 Jul 2015 #8

    I'm not aware of a way to do so.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  • Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64 14393
       22 Jul 2015 #9

    Brink said: View Post
    I'm not aware of a way to do so.
    Thanks for trying though. If you found a way please upload a procedure. Because everything i have found doesn't work in version 10240.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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