Start10 adds dark mode support to bring back the classic Start menu

Stardock CEO Brad Wardell announced today over on WinCustomize that Start10 has been given the dark mode treatment with the v1.75 release, which is available right now. Wardell states in the blog post that it compliments the "Dark Mode" that was introduced this past Spring to Windows 10, which he also calls "a visual treat for most of us that spend many hours in front of the computer."

With Start10, users can change the taskbar’s textures and background images and hide or customize the Start button altogether. Start10 comes with several selections for Start button icons, but there are also plenty of user-created options at WinCustomize. A full collection of custom Start buttons can be found here on the site.

Start10 has its own Search box with configurable filters for Start or Windows searches. Easy, one-click access to Universal and Classic applications allows for a seamless transition back to a Windows 10 look and feel.

Options for a “Windows 7” or “Modern Style” look in Start10 gives users the ability to go back to a familiar Start menu or try something new. A full range of customization tools allow users to enable taskbar transparency and even shift the level of blur applied to their desktop backgrounds, and more.

Designed for functionality, Start10 is integrated with Stardock’s Fences software. Fences will automatically sort into the menu list with no additional setup, which means users can access the contents of their fences without closing windows or shuffling them around. This makes it easy to stay organized while enjoying a customized Start menu.

Several key features make Start10 your best Windows Start menu alternative.

  • Windows 7-styled Start menu option
  • A modern style with classic menu functionality
  • Desktop and modern apps pin to the Start menu
  • Jump list support
  • Filtered search options for apps, settings, and files
  • Automatically matches the color of your taskbar
  • Integrates Stardock’s Fences right into the menu
  • Skinnable Start button
  • Ability to choose default behavior of the Start menu power button

Start10 is $4.99 and is now available on Steam or through Stardock. Be sure to check out Brad Wardell's thoughts on the v1.75 update here, for more information on Start10 features and licensing, please visit Stardock’s website.

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