How To Make Windows 10 Start Menu Smaller Or Larger

Don’t like the default size of Windows 10 Start menu? This is a complete guide to easily resize the height and width of Windows 10 Start menu to make it smaller or larger.

Microsoft has introduced plenty of new features in Windows 10. No doubt, the all new Start menu is one of the main attractions of Windows 10 and enabled by default on traditional laptops and desktops that don’t not support touch input.

The full screen version of Start menu, popularly known as Start screen, is enabled by default on devices that support touch input. One can always quickly switch between Start menu and Start screen by toggling the tablet mode.


While users upgraded from Windows 8.1 will surely appreciate the default look of the Start menu, users upgraded from Windows 7 might not like the default size of the Start menu in Windows 10, and might want to make it a little smaller.

Resize Windows 10 Start menu

Luckily, we can resize the Start menu to make it smaller or larger without the help of third-party tools.

In order to resize the Start menu, just place the mouse pointer at the top or right edge of the Start menu (see below picture) to see double sided arrow, click, and then drag inwards or outwards. The default width of the Start menu can’t changed by simply dragging the right-edge but there is a workaround for it.


To reduce the height of the Start menu

For instance, to reduce the default height of the Start menu, simply hover the mouse cursor over the top-edge of the Start menu to see double-sided arrow, click, and then drag it towards the bottom of the screen.


To reduce the width of the Start menu

And if you are not happy with default width of the Start menu and want to get rid of the columns on the right-side of the Start to make the Start menu look like the classic Start menu present in Windows XP and Vista, you need to first unpin all tiles from the right-side of the Start, and then drag the edge of the Start menu to the left.



To unpin a tile, click on it and then click Unpin from Start option. Once all tiles are removed, move the mouse cursor at the right edge of the Start menu (you should now get double-sided arrow) and then drag it towards the left of your screen.


And if you really want the Windows 7 style Start menu, get the free Classic Shell or the paid StartIsBack++.

Hope this helps!