Microsoft Announces New Start Menu Design

5th July 2020, Kathmandu

Microsoft is releasing a new Start Menu design for Windows 10. Well, it’s more like a redefined version of the current design. But, it certainly makes the start menu look cleaner with better color themes.

The software giant has been testing it for a long time and had first hinted at the refreshed design earlier this year.

Say Hello to Transparent Tiles Background!

The Start Menu will now have a transparent background with a uniform color. Microsoft has decided to discontinue the solid color backplates behind the logos in the apps list.

“This design creates a beautiful stage for your apps, especially the Fluent Design icons for Office and Microsoft Edge,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

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The new changes in the Start Menu design suit both dark and light themes. However, users can also apply accent color to the Start frame and tiles.

When you finally get the update, here’s how to do it:

  1. Turn on the Windows Dark theme
  2. Go to Settings > Personalization > Color
  3. Finally, toggle “Show accent color on the following surfaces” for “Start, taskbar, and action center”

And that’s how you get elegant accent colors on your Start design.

Switch Tabs in Microsoft Edge with ALT + TAB

Great news for Multitaskers!

Microsoft confirmed that all tabs open in its default browser, Microsoft Edge, will start appearing in ALT + TAB.

Switch Tabs in Microsoft Edge

“We’re making this change so you can quickly get back to whatever you were doing—wherever you were doing it,” says Microsoft.

This is a minor adjustment but can be very helpful for multitaskers. However, it might get a little confusing for some people and that’s why users can switch back to the classic Alt-Tab experience.

Here’s how users can switch to the classic Alt + TAB experience:

Go to Settings > Systems > Multitasking. From there, you can configure the options to show your last working tabs or choose to turn off this feature completely.

Personalized Taskbar Just Got Better!

If you thought that was it, think again.

It seems like Microsoft plans to enhance user experience in every way possible. And with the new build, the taskbar will get more personalized.

According to the company, the new experience is to give users the content that they want and less clutter.

Now, how does Microsoft plans to do that?

The new taskbar personalization will focus on device connectivity as well. The Xbox app will be pinned for Xbox Live users in the taskbar, while the taskbar can also pin Your Phone for android users.

Personalized Taskbar Just Got Better

What’s More?

Well, Microsoft is allowing users to move on with their lives by simply putting an X (close) in the top right corner of Notifications.

Likewise, it is improving its Settings App in the new build. The company announced that it is migrating advanced information and settings to the About Page under Settings.

“Links that would open the System Page in Control Panel will now direct you to About in Settings,” says Microsoft.

Are you excited for the new update?

There is no news when we will get these updates whatsoever. Therefore, we just have to wait for Microsoft to turn these features on by default in the next Windows 10 updates.

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