How To Enable or Disable Resizable Start Menu in Windows 10

In this post, we will show you how to enable or disable using the resizable Start menu instead of the newer expandable Start menu in Windows 10.

Note: This guide no longer works starting with Windows 10 build 10041 released on March 18th 2015.

Windows 10 build 9926 uses a new expandable Start menu without a Start screen and Apps screen by default now.

Resizable Start menu

Resizable Start menu

Expandable Start menu

Expandable Start menu (default)

The old resizable Start menu with the option to select to use the Start screen and Start menu is still available, but you would need to be enabled if want. Here are the steps:

How To Enable or Disable Resizable Start Menu in Windows 10

Step 1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

Step 2. Download the .bat file below to use default expandable Start Menu:

Link download the Default_Start_Menu.bat file

This is the default setting.

Go to step 4 below.

Step 3. Download the .bat file below to use default expandable Start Menu:

Link download the Resizable_Start_Menu.bat file

Go to step 4 below.

Note:

The .bat files are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

EnableXamlStartMenu DWORD

0 = Enable
1 = Disable

Step 4. Double click the .bat file to run.

Step 5. You will now notice a command prompt quickly open and close, and your screen flash while applying the changes to your registry and to restart explorer.

Step 6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file(s) if you want.

That’s about it.