By now you’ve no doubt rattled around the All Apps list, on the left side of the Start menu. You can right-click on an app in the All Apps list and pin it to the taskbar, or “Pin to Start” -- which means put a Tile for the program on the right side of the Start menu. Click on one of the capitalized section headings (for example, “A”) and you get a phone book-like index of all letters, making it marginally easier to locate a program. Beginner stuff.
You may not realize it, but you have significant control over the All Apps list. In this screenshot, for example, I’ve created a custom All Apps folder called “AskWoody,” and under it I’ve placed links to a program, a JPG file, a video, and a Word document.
To generate the All Apps entries shown here, I created a folder called AskWoody in C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms. I then placed shortcuts to a regular old-fashioned Win32 desktop program, to a JPG file, to an MP4 file, and to a Word DOCX file inside the folder. Note that Win32 programs or files don’t work -- you can put them in the custom folder if you like, but they won’t show up on All Apps. You have to work with everyday Windows shortcuts to programs and files.
I wasn’t able to create a hierarchy of folders in the All Apps list. RTM Windows 10 apparently scans all of the contents of a folder and its subfolders, and pulls out shortcuts it recognizes. So, for example, if I had Shortcut1 inside …ProgramsAskWoody and Shortcut2 inside …ProgramsAskWoodySomefolder, both Shortcut1 and Shortcut2 appear on the All Apps list under AskWoody, but there’s no entry on All Apps for Somefolder.
I also had no luck with making subfolders (below the C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms level) and shortcuts to folders appear on the All Apps list. If you’ve found something different, please nudge me in the comments!
The same procedure works with C:Users<username>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms, which is the old Windows 7 location for “this user only” Start menu entries.
There are more tricks in this vein. Let’s first look at Start menu Tiles in general.