Contextual menus & Icons


This one is going to be short and sweet, it’s about the new icons and menu layout style in Windows 10.

The first change you will find in Windows 10 are the icons. Windows 10 introduces the biggest icon overhaul since Windows Vista. In Windows 7, 8 & 8.1 the only real change was a slight tweak in colours with a new icon here and there. In Windows 10 a whole new set has been introduced to keep to the new modern “flat metro” theme that’s been rolled out across the Windows platforms. Personally, I feel the icons were well overdue an update and having seen some of the earlier versions of Windows 10 I think they’ve finally hit the nail on the head. I’ve seen 3 different variations of the same icon during the insider builds and the first two versions were very ugly!

The previous “My PC/Computer” icons:


’98         XP       Vista/7       10


The right-click menu (and all menus for that matter) have had an overhaul. Microsoft have stripped a lot of the extra detail out of them, changed the font and added more “empty space” to make them touch screen friendly. A nice touch is that even though everything now looks different (it’s definitely quite a change), things are still in the same place. Anything you used to find in a right-click menu before is still there. The general navigation of Windows 10 is the same, it just has a different look to it. You now get even more navigation options than before; for example, when you now look in the file explorer settings you get an option to pick where you want it to open to – For many people, this will continue to be their user folder, however for me this customisation is fantastic as I can change it to “my PC” and enable quick and easy access to my network locations and external devices.


have a look at the images bellow, click on the picture to enlarge it.

I know this post was only short, but it is certainly something worth noting before you upgrade to Windows 10.

Cheers for reading.

About Adam B

IT Engineer, Specializes in Apple Mac, Gaming & Audio production work stations.