2012 R2 - Start button opens "Apps" tiles instead of main "Start" tiles

When I click "Start" in 2012 R2, it's going directly to the "Apps" listing screen instead of the main "Start" shortcut screen.
Is there a place to control this behavior in Windows or GPO?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think it is doing what is supposed to do.

Press Start and the small tiles come up - normal behaviour.
Press the down arrow and All Applications come up.
I do not think you can reverse this.
The Server 2012 menu is half way between Windows 8 and Windows 10.

You can put a right side Programs Menu in the taskbar. I do this because it is easier and more flexible in the long run.

Right Click on the Taskbar
Select Toolbar, New Toolbar
Add the following content in the space provided:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Save the toolbar. It should call itself Programs.
garryshapeAuthor Commented:
I mean when I press start, the All Application screen (dozens of icons) is what comes up. Not the start menu (a few icons) you see the standard/default pinned items at
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I see.  Right Click on the taskbar and select Navigation. Uncheck Show Apps when I go to Start. That will fix what you see.

Note: When you change the option. press APPLY

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@garryshape - Did you get the Start Button to start with icons? You can do what you want using the appropriate setting in the Navigation tab.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
where I I have it checked you want it unchecked
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That is precisely what I suggested above. @garryshape - Does it work for you?
garryshapeAuthor Commented:
Yes guys that works. No idea how it got saved in my 2012 R2 image/template -- don't recall setting that. Perhaps something in answer file. no idea!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks. You can switch back and forth between modes, so like you say, no matter.
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