If you are running Windows 10 you may have noticed that you can either display the start menu or the start screen, but not both.
The start menu is the default option on desktop systems that are controlled with a mouse and keyboard. While that is the preferred option for most users, some may want to access the start screen at times.
I write a weekly best of Windows apps over at Betanews for instance and one of the issues that I ran into using the start menu was that new apps were not highlighted anymore.
This meant lots of searching for these apps in the start menu or finding a way to switch to the start screen to access them there right away.
You can switch between start menu and start screen in the following way:
This is not really that comfortable, especially the requirement to log out and on again before the changes that you have made are visible.
A Registry switch is used to determine what to display. The key EnableStartMenu under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced is used for that.
A user on TenForums has created a script that you can use to quickly toggle between the Start Menu and Start Screen on Windows 10.
This means that you don't have to use the taskbar or the Registry to make the switch, and also don't log out of the system before the change becomes active.
Double-clicking the script on the system will change the Registry value and restart the explorer.exe process so that the changes are applied.
This means that you don't have to log off and on again before that is the case. (via Deskmodder)
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.