How to Export and Import Start menu layout in Windows 10?

This article is all about how to Export and Import start menu layout in Windows 10. Windows 10 Creators update brings many new and attractive features in it and customization is the main part of this update. Now in Windows 10, we can customize anything, for example, we can customize Taskbar, Lock screen, and as well as we can customize our Start menu.

The start menu was the highly customizable and adaptive thing for Windows 10 Creators update. Now you can pin apps, group tiles, drag tiles, unpin tiles, resize tiles, and create your own app group on Windows 10 start menu. Some of the Windows users have great skills in personalization for that users this update is very useful because it provides many of the customization options in it.

Many of the users customize their start menu just after installing the operating system in their systems. Because they feel more comfortable with their customized start menu rather than the default start menu of the operating system. But sometimes it is very difficult to customize the start menu when the number of devices is more such as a single user can handle more than 10 systems.

In that case, doing customization manually on each and every PC is painful. So, Export and Import features are played a very important role in that type of situation. And you can also use the backup of your Start menu layout in the future so it is quite helpful for all the users. So, let’s start here how to Export and Import start menu layout in Windows 10.

Note: – This method can not be used for Windows 10 Home Edition. Because Home Edition does not support the Export and Import feature for Start menu layout and also it does not have the group policy editor. This method works best on Windows 10 Pr0, Enterprise, and Education Edition.

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How to Export Windows 10 Start menu layout

1. First of all, customize your Start menu layout According to your need such as pinning apps, create app group, resize tiles, drag tiles, and reordering all tiles. When Customization is completed then go on the second step to proceed further.

2. After that open Windows PowerShell as admin on your system. To do so, first of all, press Windows Key+X from your keyboard then you saw that some options are displayed at the left bottom corner in which select Windows PowerShell (Admin) option and wait for it.

powershell shortcut

3. If the above method does not work for you then simply use the Cortana search box to open Windows PowerShell. To do so first of all click on the Cortana search box which is given at the taskbar. After that type PowerShell in it and press enter now you can see that the Windows PowerShell option comes at the top in search results. Right-click on that option and choose Run as admin option to open Windows PowerShell with administrative privileges.

windows powershell

4. After that use Windows PowerShell to Export Start menu layout. To do so type the below-given command in the Windows PowerShell and hit enter to proceed.

export-startlayout –path C:\layout.xml

Here in the above command, C:\ is the directory in which our exported file will be saved you can change it according to your choice. Now here layout.xml is the name of the file you can also change it if you want to change.

how to exort start menu layout in windows 10

5. The above command creates a .xml file at your given location which is given by you while executing the command. Like here I gave local disk C as the path.

location for layout xml file

Exporting of your Start menu layout is successfully completed now. If you want to Import this file on another Windows 10 device then copy this file from the source device and paste it on the targeted device. After that follow below-given steps to import Start menu layout in Windows 10.

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How to Import Windows 10 Start menu layout

Now to Import Windows 10 Start menu layout on a device we use Local Group Policy Editor. We all know that Local Group Policy Editor is not a part of Windows 10 Home Edition so we can not use it on Windows 10 Home Edition.

1. First of all, create a system restore point of your device for our comfort such as if our device has some issues after importing the layout then the system restore point helps us in retrieving our system. If you want to know how to create a system restore point then click here.

2. After that open Local Group Editor on your system. To do so first of all press Windows Key+R to open Run search box. Then type gpedit.msc in Run search box and hit Enter to open Local Group Policy Editor on your system.

open gpedit using run

3. If the above method does not work for you then use Cortana search Box to open Group Policy Editor on your system. To do so first of all click on the Cortana search box from your taskbar and type gpedit.msc and press enter or select the first option from the search results.

open gpedit using cortana

4. After that when the Local Group Policy Editor is up and running on your system, navigate to “User Configuration” then to “Administrative Templates” and then to “Start Menu and Taskbar” folder.

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
path to start menu and taskbar in group policy editor

5. After that in Start Menu and Taskbar folder locate Start Layout file in the right pane and double-click on it to open its settings.

search for start layout file in gpedit

6. After that in the Start Layout setting select Enable option to enable importing feature. Now under options section in the Start Layout file text box type the path where your layout.xml file is stored which copied from another system. Like my file is located in C:\layout.xml so I gave this path in that text box.

7. After that click on the Apply option to save these settings and finally, in the end, click on the OK option and close everything. Now restart your system to saw effects on your Start Menu layout.

change settings of start layout

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This is the whole process that is used to Export and Import Start menu layout in Windows 10. Comment your thoughts.

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