Knowing how to customize the Start Menu in Windows 11 is key to staying away from some of the changes Microsoft made to the look of the Start Menu with Windows 11, which may not suit your taste.
Fortunately, it’s not difficult to make a few tweaks to get your new Start menu into something that feels more familiar and intuitive than the one you get the first time you launch Windows 11.
Now, you won’t be able to customize the Start menu to the same extent that you can in Windows 10. But there are ways to shape something that is provided around what you need, not what Windows 11 thinks you need.
Get to know the Start Menu in Windows 11
First, the Start menu is now located in the middle of the desktop taskbar, instead of on the left side. Click the blue Windows icon to bring up the new menu.
The default start menu tends to present a list of installed apps, which appears to be based on what’s on your computer, that can be navigated via the up and down arrows that appear when Hover the cursor over the two small dots In the middle of the right edge of the menu. Click All Apps And you can see a complete list of the applications installed on your computer, listed in alphabetical order.
Return to the main menu, by Hit the back button, and you can see the Recommended section under Installed Apps. These show recently accessed files or installed applications. At the top of the list, you get a search bar that can help you find apps quickly.
Change the installed applications in the Start Menu in Windows 11
One of the first customizations you might want to do is to change the apps installed in the Start Menu in Windows 11. This is done easily.
Simply Right click on the app icon and then Select Uninstall from the start menu option in the popup menu. This will remove the app, which can still be found in the All apps list.
Then to install a new app in the list, simply Go to the app you want, Right click on it and then Select Pin to Start from the popup options.
If you want to move an app to the top of your pinned list, for example if it’s out of sight, just go to it, Right click on its icon And Select Move to top from the popup options.
And to rearrange other applications in the installed section, You just have to left click on it to Drag and drop them where you want.
Change recommended apps and files
The Recommended apps and files section can be annoying if you feel like Windows 11 doesn’t give you what you want to see, so you can tweak that.
Head to the Settings section From Windows 11. This can be accessed from Start menu, either as an installed application, in the All applications section, or simply by Search “Settings”.
Press the Windows key and the “I” key at the same time to Bring up the settings menu.
Once in, Click Personalize in the menu on the left side.
Of the options that are offered, Go to the Getting Started section.
Here you’ll find a bunch of options for tweaking, including the ability to Turn off display of recently added apps, most used apps, and recently opened items.
The Folder List allows you to select the folders and widgets that appear next to the Power button on the Start menu.
These range from the standard file explorer and settings tools to your Documents, Music, Pictures, and Downloads folders. Toggle this between on and off as you like.
Change the background color of the start menu in Windows 11
To change the background color of the Start Menu in Windows 11, Access settings before Trending for personalization And Choose colors.
From there you can select Dark or light modeAnd Choose accent colors Title bars and window borders.
Switch to Show accent color on the start menu and taskbar and then Choose the color From your choice of Windows colors above.
This will apply the color to the Start menu. Just keep in mind that this only works in dark mode.
Change the location of the Start Menu in Windows 11
If you can’t get used to the central location of the Start menu, you can move it back to the left side.
repeatedly, Accessing the personalization menuand from there Click on the taskbar. after that, Head to taskbar behaviors.
Click on Taskbar Behaviors And it will expand more options, including the top one, which will allow you to Align the Start menu to the left, next to the taskbar. Or if you’ve already moved it, then You can recenter it using these options.
For more Windows 11 tips, check out our guides on how to enable Dark Mode in Windows 11, How to see Wi-Fi password in Windows 11, How to boot into Safe Mode for Windows 11, How to set up multiple desktops in Windows 11, And how to change the default browser in Windows 11, How to enable God mode in Windows 11 or 10.