Windows 10 Tip: What is Hide App List in Start Menu option in Settings

The Windows 10 build 14942, a Redstone 2 preview, was released to the fast ring for insiders last week with a number of changes. One of which is a new option called Hide App List in Start Menu under Settings → Personalization → Start. It sounds confusing unless you flipped it on.

So, here is what the Start Menu looks like before the switch was flipped on.

Start Menu When the Hide App List option is off

Start Menu When the Hide App List option is off

Now, let’s flip the switch on and see what happens.

Start Menu when the Hide App List option is on

Start Menu when the Hide App List option is on

As the name of the setting implied, it hides the app list column in the Start Menu and only leaves the tiles portion displayed.

But, the setting also adds two small icons in the upper left corner. The bottom one called All Apps can switch the view from showing the titles-only to the apps list, which looks much familiar to the one in Windows 7.

Start Menu - App List view

Start Menu – App List view

And yep, this will be the view I will be sticking with from this point on.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 10/13/2016

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