Start Menu is something which needs no introduction. Everyone of you’ve used it, right from the ages of Windows XP to these modern days of Windows 10. With the passage of time, Start Menu has seen many ups and down with various customization approaches. However, finally we have a Start Menu that is bit advanced and could even act as Start Screen.
Sometimes, if you’re using the Start Menu on a system with multiple users, fox example; a system used in computer class or a public place, you may want to force users with specified fixed layout of Start Menu. In a fixed layout, the tiles of Start Menu won’t be movable however their functionality will remain unchanged. That means, users can use the tiles but couldn’t customize the Start Menu by moving tiles from here to there.
To make this possible, you can try out the steps mentioned below with administrative privileges. Please note that this trick is possible with Windows Enterprise and Pro editions.
How To Specify Fixed Layout Start Menu In Windows 10
1. Press + R and put powershell in Run dialog box to open Windows PowerShell. Click OK. In Windows PowerShell window, run the following cmdlet to export your Start Menu into an XML file.
Export-StartLayout -path <Fixed Start Menu Layout XML File Location> -As XML
For example, to export the Start Menu layout to F: drive with MyStartMenu named file, I’ll run Export-StartLayout -path F:\MyStartMenu.xml -As XML cmdlet.
2. Next, verify the output file of previous step, you can right click and open it with Internet Explorer if you know XML.
3. Moving on, press + R and put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box to open Local Group Policy Editor. Click OK. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate here:
User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar
4. In the right pane of above shown window, find out the Start Menu Layout Setting. Double click on the same to get this:
5. Now in the above shown window, click Enabled first. Then in the Start Menu Layout File input box under Options, put the location of exported fixed Start Menu layout file, verified in step 2. Click Apply followed by OK.
Close the Group Policy Editor now, click Start Button, and try moving tiles in Start Menu. You’ll find that tiles are not movable now as the fixed Start Menu layout has became effective.