Windows 10’s Start menu comes filled with tiles for everything from Candy Crush to Paint 3D. Windows 10’s next update, codenamed 19H1 and expected in April 2019, will let you clear all those tiles in six clicks.
This is thanks to a new feature that lets you unpin entire groups of tiles. Rather than right-clicking each tile one by one and clicking “Unpin From Start,” you can right-click an entire group of tiles and select “Unpin Group From Start.” Microsoft’s Jen Gentleman demonstrated this new option on Twitter:
— Jen Gentleman 🌺 (@JenMsft) October 31, 2018
We just counted three groups of tiles—Create, Play, and Explore—on a new installation of Windows 10 19H1. This means it should take just six short clicks to get rid of every last pinned tile.
You’ll just need to right-click a group heading, select “Unpin Group From Start,” and repeat a few times. Then Candy Crush, FarmVille 2, and all the other included apps you don’t care about will be buried under All Apps where you don’t have to see them.
How to Get Rid of Windows 10’s Start Menu Tiles, Right Now
Of course, you can get rid of all those annoying tiles today, if you haven’t already. Just right-click a tile and select “Unpin From Start” to remove it. Or, if you’re using a touch screen, long-press each tile instead. You’ll just have to do it the slow way, one by one.
You can then easily pin your favorite application shortcuts to the Start menu. Just right-click a shortcut under All Apps and select “Pin to Start,” or drag and drop the shortcut to the right side of the start menu.
Windows 10 lets you move the tiles around and group them by dragging and dropping them, and you can even right-click a tile and use the “Resize” menu to make it extra big or small.