For many users, the newer version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows® 10, has encountered minor issues since it was released. Although the new Start menu is welcomed after the dark days of Windows 8, it does not always operate in a way that is familiar to people who are accustomed to it from the Windows 7 era.

Making the transition to Windows 10

In the wake of the recent wave of free Windows 10 upgrades, here are some suggestions for tweaking list settings in the Start menu so that it more closely mimics Windows 7’s user experience.

Windows 10 may, like Windows 7, provide a list of recently launched apps or files. The procedure on Windows 10 is more straightforward. To reach the list, right-click an open program on the Windows taskbar or select an app in the Start menu’s All Apps list. These activities will also include “jump lists” of the most commonly used procedures in each application. Right-clicking a Start menu tile displays a list of commonly visited websites and tasks. A menu option to resize the presently chosen tile is also useful. You may also drag and drop your favorite applications into Start menu tiles, but only the most recently used apps will appear in these lists.

Activating Jump Lists.

In case you don’t find the above lists when you check for them in Settings, it’s likely that the ability to view them has been disabled. Please follow these instructions to activate this feature.

  • The Start menu provides access to the settings.
  • The Personalization icon should be clicked on.
  • Click Start from the left-hand list.
  • From the Start menu, choose Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on the Start screen or even the taskbar