The Microsoft Windows Start menu is the primary location in Windows to locate your installed programs and find any files or folders. By default, the Start menu is accessed by clicking Start in the bottom-left corner of the Windows desktop screen. The picture shows an example of the Windows 7 Start menu.
If you're more familiar with Apple computers, you can think of the Start menu as the Apple menu.
Where is the Start menu?
For versions of Microsoft Windows supporting the Start menu, it's found by click Start and is shown in the bottom left portion of the screen by default. Its position can change if the Taskbar position is changed from the bottom of the screen.
What versions of Windows have the Start menu?
The Microsoft Windows Start menu was first introduced with Microsoft Windows 95, and since it's release, all versions of Windows except Windows 8 have a Start menu. Before the release of Windows 95, earlier versions of Windows (e.g., Windows 3.11) also did not have a Start menu.
What is accessible in the Start menu?
Below is an overview of the Windows Start menu found in Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 7. If you have Windows 10 Skip down to the Windows 10 Start menu section.
The left pane shows recently started programs or any pinned program shortcuts. In the above example, there is one pinned program separated by a line and then the recently ran programs.
At the bottom of the left pane is the All Programs option that displays all programs installed on the computer.
Directly below the All Programs option is the "Search" bar. This useful feature allows you to type in the name of the program or file you're looking for and have the results displayed above.
You can find the version of Windows on your computer if you right-click Computer and select Properties. In the System window, you can view basic system properties, including the Windows version and access the Device Manager.
At the bottom of the right pane is the Shut down button, which allows you to turn the computer off. You can also click the arrow next to the Shut down button to switch users, log off, restart, sleep, or hibernate the computer.
Windows 10 Start menu
The Windows 10 Start menu made some drastic changes to the Start menu available in previous versions of Windows, as is immediately apparent in the picture below. One of the most noticeable changes is the integration of tiles (from the Windows 8 start screen) into the Start menu. From this Start menu, you can access all your programs through the "All apps" option and in the left pane.
Should I capitalize "menu" in Windows Start menu?
In early versions of Microsoft Windows, such as Windows 95 and Windows 98, Menu was capitalized as shown in the following picture of the Windows 98 Start Menu. With all modern versions of Microsoft Windows such as Windows 7 and Windows 10, the "m" in menu should be written in lowercase. So, when referring to the Microsoft Windows Start menu today, it should be written as Start menu.