10 Tips For Making Your Windows 10 Start Menu Productive

At the time of this article, nearly half a billion people are using Windows 10.  However, it is likely that many of them are perplexed about how to use the “Start” menu for maximum productivity and ease.  This article, and video, will show you how to make the Start menu in Windows 10 make you more productive!

Before we begin, here are a few notes:

  • Are you a Windows 7 user who just got Windows 10?  The “tiles” on your Start menu are very beneficial and productive!  Please don’t think of them as “touch apps” or “Windows 8”.  You can pin most anything there…from desktop programs (like Microsoft Office / Office 365), to folders, settings, websites, and more.  They also do not have to be “live” tiles (desktop programs won’t be live tiles anyways), and you can “switch off” any live tile so it is static.  In-fact, using this “tile” section of your Start menu gives you much more control and flexibility than you ever had with Windows 7. If you absolutely DO NOT want to use “tiles” (or live tiles) in your Start menu, check out my “No Live Tiles” layout solution which may suit your needs!
  • Looking for a Guide about Windows 10?  This article is mainly about using the Start menu, which is a major part of Windows 10.  However there are many new features in Windows 10 you will love, and you can find them in this handy document created by Microsoft:  https://docs.com/alan-peto/4176/windows-10-quick-guide


Watch:  Video Tutorial

Check out a number of the tips that are in this article in this short video!  You can find more information about these tips in the article below (or watch on YouTube here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAiNrfkS-ig).

Print:  Start Menu Layout Quick Reference Card

Before we go into the tips, let’s take a visual look at the new Start Menu (as of current release on 7/29/2015):

Windows 10 Start Menu layout overview and tips quick reference sheet! Click this image to view a handy PDF you can print out!

Windows 10 Start Menu layout overview and tips quick reference sheet! Click this image to view a handy PDF you can print out!

Print:  Windows 7 to Windows 10 Start Menu Changes Quick Reference Card

If you are coming from Windows 7, this card can help you navigate where items on your Start menu now appear in Windows 10.

Click this image to view a handy PDF you can print out!

Click this image to view a handy PDF you can print out!

Tip #1:  Pin to the Taskbar and Start Menu

Pinning” is a big thing in Windows 10 (like it was in Windows 8/8.1 also) where you can pin any desktop program, Windows Store app, folder, website, setting, etc. to your Start menu.  It’s pretty easy, too.  Just go to your “All Apps” list in the Start menu and just right-mouse click any program or app you’d like to appear in the Start menu!  It’s really that easy.  Certain things you cannot pin, such as a ‘file’ (text file, Word document, etc.) because these use ‘jump lists’ found when you pin them to your Taskbar (more on that in Tip #1 below).  However an app called “Pin It” from the Windows Store allows you to pin virtually anything to the Start menu/screen if you need this functionality, however remember pinning to the taskbar is faster and easier  (you can find it here:  https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrdrf2k)

Pro-Tip:  Use the Taskbar instead of the Start menu!  But why am I telling you NOT to use the Start Menu, when you want to?  Because there is a more productive method you may not be aware of!  The Start Menu has faced a decline in usage since Windows 7 (which is why Windows 8 got rid of it) as most users started “pinning” programs to their taskbar.  However, businesses and techies sounded the call for it’s return (mainly because nobody wants to train users), and thus it is back with Windows 10.  While there is nothing wrong with having a Start Menu, “pinning” is a fantastic productivity feature (and very easy to do).

No matter how you would like to “pin” things, the Start menu and the Taskbar give you a lot of flexibility to be productive.

Here’s how to pin to the Taskbar:

  1. Click the “All apps” list in the Start Menu (or from the “Most Used” list)
  2. Find the app or program you would like to “pin” and however your mouse over it
  3. Right mouse click the app or program to reveal the menu
  4. Select “More” then select “Pin to Taskbar”
Pinning an app or program to the Taskbar

Pinning an app or program to the Taskbar


Here’s how to pin to the Start Menu:

  1. Click the “All apps” list in the Start Menu (or from the “Most Used” list)
  2. Find the app or program you would like to “pin” and however your mouse over it
  3. Right mouse click the app or program to reveal the menu
  4. Select “Pin to Start”
  5. Tip:  You can also pin folders by right mouse clicking a folder in File Explorer and select “Pin to Start” and pin the Recycle Bin by right mouse clicking it and select “Pin to Start”, etc.  Refer to tips 7, 8 and 9 for how to pin various other items to the Start menu.
Pinning an app or program to the Start menu

Pinning an app or program to the Start menu

You can rearrange any pinned app or program on your taskbar by click and dragging the icon in any order you’d like.  To remove a pinned item, just right mouse click it and select “Unpin from Taskbar”.

Are you a heavy keyboard user?  A quick tip is the Windows key on your keyboard and a number (as positioned on your taskbar) will also open the program.  For example, if Microsoft Edge is the first pinned program I have on my taskbar, and I press WIN+1, it will open it!  This is great for power users or those who love shortcuts on their keyboard.  For everyone else, this is a very quick “click” with your mouse to open your favorite everyday programs.

The rest of this article will focus on the Start menu and how you can pin apps, programs, websites, folders, and even settings to it.  That’s right, you can pin “desktop programs” like Microsoft Office / Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Chrome, etc., and not just “Windows Store” apps! 

Tip #2:  Group Your Tiles & Label Them

The new Start Menu features a carryover from Windows 8(.1):  tiles (and live tiles).  While there will be a few who scoff at Microsoft for including this feature, it is extremely beneficial for productivity and ease of use.  However, if you don’t want to see any tiles, you can simply “unpin” any that are there by default and you won’t have to see them.  However if you do that, your new Start menu becomes pretty much a dud and useless.

If you at all costs won’t use the tile section, use tip#1 and just pin desktop programs and apps to your taskbar (it’s fast, easy, and a great solution). You can also use my “No Live Tiles” format/layout.  Or you can look at a retro Start menu solution like Start10:  http://www.stardock.com/products/start10/ or Classic Shell:  http://classicshell.net/(although I recommend you give using tiles and the new Start menu an honest effort…you’ll learn to really enjoy it when used correctly).

Grouping your tiles, instead of having a huge block of tiles, makes it easier to find your stuff.  Just imagine “grouping” your tiles is like going to the library/bookstore, or to a website:  content is grouped where you want to find it.  Just imagine going to a library or bookstore to find a book you’re looking for and they are all just piled in a big heap.  Or going to a website like Amazon.com and it doesn’t have categories.  While you may eventually find what you are looking for, it is wasted effort.

Groups are also great compared to Windows 7’s Start Menu where we only had limited number of items we could “pin” to the Start Menu.  You can also pin other things that you couldn’t in Windows 7 to the menu, such as people, apps, websites, folders, and even settings (those who have used Windows 8.1 will already be used to this).  This way, it is truly personal to your unique working style.

To group your tiles:

  1. Start with just one tile and drag it until you see a “new group” indicator
  2. Release the tile in this new group
  3. Now drag over any other tiles you’d like to include
  4. If you are adding a new app, program, folder, etc., to the menu, Windows will automatically place it in an “empty” group that you can immediately rename, or drag the tile/icon to an existing group.

An important part of creating groups in your Start Menu, is labeling them!  If you don’t label them, Windows 10 will just keep them in an “unlabeled” group (or groups).

This is an important usability feature that helps you “scan” for the group of tiles you are looking for.  Just like if you were going to a website, library, or bookstore…knowing what is inside that group helps your mind make decisions faster.  You can see in the video in tip #2 how to label groups.

To label your groups:

  1. Hover with your mouse pointer above the ‘top’ tiles in a group until you see the empty name field for the group
  2. Click inside that field until it turns white (this also works for existing “group titles”…just click inside the title name)
  3. Type the name of the group
  4. Press enter

Tip #3:  Keep Tile Groups To 4 or Less

Keeping your “tiles” (pinned programs, apps, folders, websites, etc.) on your Start Menu in logical and minimal “groups” is ideally what you want to do.  While you may have a lot of screen space (or less if you are on a tablet), you always want to limit the groups you have to 4 or less. In my video I’m using 3, but 4 would work just fine.

  • At the most basic level, just “one” group will work just fine.  Pin some of your favorite apps/programs and you’re done.  In-fact, I’m sure this is how most people will do it!  If you are just “wading” into the whole “tile” thing (perhaps you are coming from Windows 7), just pin some programs and play around later (you can even make the size of the pins “small” so it is similar to old desktop shortcuts, for example).  Working on creating different “groups”, however, will truly maximize your experience and productivity.
  • Of course, you can create as many groups as you want and fill up the entire menu (or screen when in expanded mode) and that’s perfectly fine if that works for you!  However, keeping it to 3 or 4 groups help your mind work faster, because there is less visual clutter to work around.  I call this the “4×4” method:  no more than 4 groups, with no more than the width of 4 ‘medium’ sized tiles and no larger than 2 (or 4) tiles high. 
  • A nice option is also the “3×3” method which you will see in my screenshot below.  This method, as shown with the specified heights, works really well in both “full screen” mode, as well as a stretched “regular menu” mode.  This way, when you click your Start button, you will get a “command center” style list of what you truly care about…and can “scan” quickly and easily!
  • A “2×2” or “2×4” method (see screenshots blow) is perhaps the simplest and cleanest way to go.  If forces you to not pin everything in the world to your Start menu, each group is equal in height and width, and it is very fast and easy to find what you’re looking for.  Highly recommended.
  • Further, if you wanted to get to your work stuff, you may want to create a group called “Productivity” or “Work” and place the tiles/icons in there.  Or, if you use unique programs for a task, make a group called “Movie Making” or “Graphic Design” or “TPS Report Creation” and place those items in there.  This way, you can easily get to the items needed to do a particular task, or function.  The same holds true for “home” or “school” where you can create a group called “Cooking” or “Mathematics” or “College” and pin programs, folders (perhaps to Microsoft OneDrive where you can keep your files organized in a “College Semester 1” folder, for instance), and websites.
  • You can find some examples below to help guide you on how to group your tiles:

“2×2” Method Example

The “2×2” method should work for most people, and keeps things logically broken up.  You’ll notice I have my “Favorites” group, which includes email folders and favorite programs/apps, and then I have my “What’s Happening” group which gives me all sorts of updates especially from Social Media (such as Facebook – where it will show you pics from posts, and Twitter).

The "2x2" method is the simplest way to group your apps. My current setup.

The “2×2” method is the simplest way to group your apps. My current setup.

“2×3” Method Example

For a twist, here is a “2×3” mode.  Because my “favorites” group is longer than the other two groups, this width and layout works nicely too.

Here is that same Start menu layout in 3x3 mode, but in a stretched (horizontal) regular menu layout. It works well in both instances.

Here is that same Start menu layout in 2×3 mode, but in a stretched (horizontal) regular menu layout. It works well in both instances.

“2×4” Method Example

To be even more “Zen-like”, use a “2×4” method where you have this same layout, but with “4” equal sized groups…nice and clean.

Here is the "2x4" method (just like a plank of wood) where you have "2" columns of tiles, and "4" groups of tiles. Works well.

Here is the “2×4” method (just like a plank of wood) where you have “2” columns of tiles, and “4” groups of tiles. Works well.

“3×3” Method Example

This is the “3×3” method in action where you only have “3” groups of tiles, and the Start menu is stretched horizontally “3” blocks.  If you go to “tablet” mode, this will scale up nicely and less jarring.

The "3x3" mode that is stretched "3" groups horizontally. Works well.

The “3×3” mode that is stretched “3” groups horizontally with only “3” groups of tiles.

Here is an example of the “3×3” method in an expanded (“tablet mode“) Start menu.  This is a clean, symmetric, and easy to use layout regardless if it is in the expanded, or regular size, Start Menu.  When you expand to “tablet” mode, OR if you choose to have your Start menu “full screen” all the time, the tiles become a little bit bigger and there is more spacing between the groups.  This is great if you have vision problems, or simply like “breathing room”.  For me, the full screen (“Windows 8 style”) Start menu always reminds me of the Mac “launchpad” mode but with more flexibility and control.

Windows 10 Start Menu in "full screen" mode. This view is typical when there is no keyboard (tablet mode) or if you selected this option via Start Settings. You'll notice the "3x3" or "4x4" method of grouping your tiles works really well in this mode.

Windows 10 Start Menu in “full screen” mode. This view is typical when there is no keyboard (tablet mode) or if you selected this option via Start Settings. You’ll notice the “3×3” or “4×4” method of grouping your tiles works really well in this mode.

“No Live Tiles” Example

For those who are coming to Windows 10 from the older Windows 7 version, the “tiles” interface can be just “too new” to accept right away (and that’s ok!). If you aren’t ready to start using live tiles and different shapes, and want to have something similar to Windows 7, try the “No Live Tiles” format. Ensure you create logical groups, and when you add apps, programs, folders, etc., to your Start menu’s tile area, you “resize” them all to “small” (to resize, right-mouse click any tile and select “resize” and then choose “small”). A great benefit of this layout compared to Windows 7 is that you can “pin” a lot more items than in the older Windows 7 Start menu (because of the “small” icon/tile size). Each icon/tile will have the program/app logo (making identification easy), but you can always place your mouse cursor over any icon/tile and it will tell you the program/app name.

Here is an example of how that looks:

This layout may work best for those who just don't like tiles in their Start menu. By using logically labeled groups, and ONLY small tiles, you have a clean and minimalistic look that should be a good transition point for Windows 7 and below users who don't want to use the new interface.

This layout may work best for those who just don’t like tiles in their Start menu. By using logically labeled groups, and ONLY small tiles, you have a clean and minimalistic look that should be a good transition point for Windows 7 and below users who don’t want to use the new interface.

Tip #4:  Clean Up Your Most Used List & Folders

  • Most Used List:  The first thing you see on the left of your Start Menu is the “Most Used” list.  This is based on what you most often use on your computer, so it can change often.  If you are going to be frequently using something, make sure you pin it to your Start menu and/or the Taskbar for easy access on your terms!  If you want to remove something from this list, right mouse-click it, select “more” and select “don’t show in this list”.
    • Notice an “arrow” next to some of your frequently used apps or programs?  These are ‘jump lists’ that allow you quick access to your most recent (or pinned) files, and/or quick actions (for example with Outlook, you can quickly create an email).  For those who use a new iPhone 6S, these are like “force touch” options on the home screen for an app…although Windows has had this for many years.  This animated image from Microsoft shows how it works:
    • If you prefer, you can completely remove the “Most Used List” by going to “Start Settings” (type that into Cortana to get quick access) and switching it off.  You can then add folders (see the next bullet below) to make the left side of your Start menu cleaner and clutter free.  Here is how it would look:
      Screenshot (117)
  • Folders:  You can have quick link access to certain folders, and that is all customizable via “Start Settings” (Refer to “Bonus Tip #1” below to see how you can change which folders appear in the left-hand side of the Start menu).  Remember, you can always pin ANY folder (local computer folder, or from OneDrive, etc.) you want to your “tiles” section to the right, but you may prefer to have your folder shortcuts in the menu list.  Personally, I feel pinning folders to be much more effective and gives you more control.

Tip #5:  Use Cortana

Cortana is familiar with those on Windows Phone (and soon on iOS and Android), but having it on your Windows 10 computer is an added bonus!  In many ways, Cortana is just like the Windows 7 and Windows 8 “quick search” feature (which for you Mac users is like “spotlight”), but now also includes additional features like Bing web search, reminders, voice control, and much more.

So, when you click your Start button you can just start typing in what program, file, setting, or web search you’d like Cortana to get for you (for Windows 7 users, this is just like you had before, but that was only for programs and files).

Additionally, you can set Cortana up if you have a microphone (great for laptop users) and just say “Hey Cortana” and ask for what you want (such as, “Open Microsoft Work”).  In the future, Cortana will be able to do more and more, such as “find that PowerPoint I created last week”.

To Use Cortana:

  1. Type in the “search” box, or you can click your Start menu and just start typing.  Either way will work
  2. Alternately, you can set up Cortana to recognize your voice when you say “Hey Cortana”.  Your computer will need a microphone (laptops typically have these built in).  To do this, type in “Cortana Settings” in the search box and select “Cortana & Search Settings”.  Switch on the “Hey Cortana” option, and select if you’d like it to only respond to your voice (if so, be sure to click the button to train it), or anyone’s voice.
    Screenshot (96)
  3. Cortana actively works for you by learning what you like to do, where you go, appointments, etc., just like a personal assistant.  If you don’t want any of that, you can switch them off within Cortana settings.
  4. To learn what you can have Cortana do (beyond just finding a program/app or file on your computer), check out this list:  http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/how-to/wp8/cortana/what-can-i-say-to-cortana  (this list is from the Windows Phone version, but they all basically apply as Cortana is device agnostic).


Tip #6: Change Start Menu, Taskbar, and Cortana Appearance

Some great ways to make Windows 10 more personal is to tweak how “Cortana” search box appears on your taskbar (you can hide it!), change the size of the taskbar (make it taller), turn off the transparency, and even use accent colors for tiles and even the taskbar/start menu itself.  None of this is necessary, of course, and Windows 10 looks great as is…but if you’d like to make it more personal, this is a great way to start!

To change Start Settings:

  1. Click inside Cortana and type in “Start Settings” without quotation marks
  2. Select the “Start Settings” option
  3. Use the switches to turn on or off any Start menu features you don’t like
  4. Click the “Choose which folders appear on start” to tweak the quick folder list on the left-hand side of the Start menu

To change Cortana appearance in the taskbar:

  1. Right mouse click an empty part of your taskbar and hover over the “Cortana” menu option
  2. By default you will have “Show search box”
  3. Select “Show Cortana Icon” to just have an icon on your taskbar you can press, or select “Hidden” to remove it entirely from your taskbar (don’t worry, you can still search Cortana…and your computer…when you click on your Start button and type)

To change colors:

  1. Click inside Cortana and type in “Start Settings” without quotation marks
  2. Select the “Start Settings” option
  3. Click the “Colors” option in the Settings menu
  4. Choose an accent color, or use the “Automatically pick an accent color from my background”.  Any tiles in your Start menu that support accent colors will also be changed.
  5. You can also make your Start menu, taskbar, and action center have the same accent color by selecting that option at the bottom of the same screen.
  6. If you do not like the transparency of the taskbar and Start menu, switch it off by selecting that option at the bottom of the same screen


Tip #7:  Pin Settings

If you are a power user or I.T. pro, you probably like to “tweak” your operating system and work “under the hood” a bit.  Or perhaps you need to get to that one particular setting each time for a presentation, or for a particular program.  With Windows 10, it’s painfully easy.  You can not only pin settings to your Start menu, but you can also search for them via Cortana, and in the settings app, you can even search for a particular setting.

To Pin Settings:

  1. Go to settings app by either clicking it in the Start menu, or type “Settings” without quotation marks in Cortana and selecting that option.
  2. Find the category of settings you’d like
  3. A list appears for each category on the left side menu.  Right mouse click any menu option on the left side and choose “Pin to start”

pin settings


Tip #8: Pin Folders

If you are like me, there are usually certain folders you want to get to quickly either on your computer, or on a cloud service like Microsoft OneDrive (a great option and integrates extremely well with Windows 10). For example, maybe you have a folder for all the pictures you took on your last vacation and want to get to it often. Or perhaps you are at work and have several “network” drive folders you need to use daily, but it’s a chore to find them each time. Pinning folders is a great solution that we had back in Windows 8/8.1 that is still here in Windows 10.

To Pin Folders:

  1. Open “File Explorer” (you can get to it via your taskbar, the Start menu, or by typing it in Cortana)
  2. Navigate to the hard drive, network drive, cloud drive (like OneDrive), and then find the folder you want
  3. Right mouse click the folder and choose “Pin to Start”
  4. You can now place the folder tile anywhere you want, and choose between small or medium sizes (medium is recommended because you can see the folder name)

pin folder

Tip #9: Pin Websites

Another great invention from Windows 8/8.1 was the ability to pin websites to your Start screen.  Although you can certainly pin websites to Android and iOS screens, they are static icons.  With Windows, they can be static OR a live tile with new stories or information (a website has to enable this, however).  You can use either Internet Explorer or the new Edge browser to pin websites (sorry, Chrome and others have not enabled this feature in their browsers).

To Pin Websites:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser
  2. Go to a website (for the purposes of this article, let’s try http://www.theverge.com)
  3. Go to the ellipses (the three dots) on the browser
  4. Select “Pin to Start”
  5. You can now move and resize the website tile anywhere you’d like.  For this example, The Verge has enabled live tiles for their website, so you’ll see new articles and images appear on the live tile.  Clicking it will take you to the browser and the website

pin website

Tip #10: Use a Start “Screen” Instead

Using a Start Screen in Windows 10 gives you an awesome "Command Center" style interface. This isn't just for tablets, it works great with a mouse and keyboard too!

Using a Start Screen in Windows 10 gives you an awesome “Command Center” style interface. This isn’t just for tablets, it works great with a mouse and keyboard too!

If you are coming from Windows 8/8.1 you may actually LOVE the Start Screen (I do), because it is almost like a “command center” and all the junk of the desktop is cleared away.  If you prefer this approach, it’s easy to have a full screen Start menu (screen) similar to Windows 8/8.1.  To learn more about making a “Start Screen” easy and productive, please refer to my article and videos for the Windows 8.1 version.

You will notice that in my Start Screen shown above, I am using a 4×3 method for my tiles.  I like to have everything right in the middle, and in blocks, but you can easily make these larger, or smaller, or even ‘wider’ by not using so many groups of tiles like I am.  This method, I found, makes productivity much easier since everything is in logical groups…to me.  Your groups will of course look different.

To shut down or restart, you will find the power button in the lower left of the screen, and the “all apps” button will also be in the lower left of the screen.  A side benefit of using a Start Screen is Cortana’s window will now be as tall as your screen height, meaning MORE information is easily visible using Cortana than before.

To Make the Start Menu Full Screen At All Times:

  1. Type in the Cortana search box “Start Settings” without quotation marks
  2. Choose “Use start full screen” and make sure it is switched on
  3. Now every time you click the start button, you will have a full screen start!  Your tiles will also be a little bit bigger, and tile groups will be spaced out a little bit more.

full screen start

Bonus Tip:  How to Log Off, Switch Users, Shut Down, Restart, & Sleep

If you were a Windows 8/8.1 user, this tip is already known to you. But for Windows 7 and below users, here is how to log off/switch users (great for work or a family computer), or control the power of your computer.

To Log Off or Switch Users:

  1. Press Start
  2. Click your account picture/name
  3. Choose Sign Out, or choose another user to switch
  4. You can also “lock” your computer through this method also (or a quicker way is to press the windows key on your keyboard and the letter L: WIN+L)
    sign out

To Shut Down, Restart, or Sleep

  1. Press Start
  2. Click the power button
  3. Choose what action you’d like to take

shut down

Show Off YOUR Start Menu Layout!

The inclusion of the Start Menu in Windows 10 is a welcomed addition to many, and knowing how to organize it can make you that much more productive at home, work, or school.   Please let me know in the comments below if these tips have helped you with Windows 10’s Start Menu, and share with others if you feel it can help them.

How Does YOUR Windows 10 Start Menu Look?  Please share with me in the comments below, or hashtag it on Twitter with: #MyWindows10StartMenu


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These five tips were created based on the current Windows 10 (July 2015), and I will update this article as possible when new features or changes come out (evergreen article).  Note:  This article and video refers to Windows 10, and not Windows 8.1.  If you are interested in learning how to use Windows 8.1 with a mouse and keyboard, click here.  If you want Windows 8.1 Start Screen tips & tricks, click here.  If you are an I.T. professional deploying Windows 8.1 to your workplace, check out my Windows 8 Tips for I.T. Pros article and video.

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  • Are you using the Windows 10 technical preview right now? What do you think of the new Start menu so far?

    • Robert Trance

      I like it, except the transparency! Plus, the option to switch to start screen manually if one wants is disabled (cannot be unchecked).

      • Good points Robert! From what I hear, they still have to fix both of those things you mentioned. Looking forward to seeing that!

  • Great article Alan. Windows 10 is certainly getting there & we are rapidly getting used to the new ideas. Loved the old full screen menu & charms though & notice that the option to bring those back is still currently ‘greyed out’ on the task bar properties options within the tech preview. Hope it returns for the some (or perhaps many) that secretly actually loved the Windows 8(.1) full screen tiling as they must have gotten fairly used to it by now! Continuum, we believe is the killer feature but it’s as good a chance as any to refine those ‘important’ apps too within the store (mail, calendar & others) that have obviously been deprecated also for the right reasons.

    • Totally agree Mike! When using a touch screen, the windows 8.1 style really worked well! I’m glad my Surface 2 with Windows rt won’t be upgraded because it works so well with that UI/UX. The new windows 10 still has some rough spots, so hopefully it gets smoothed out soon