Windows 11 Start Menu

Hello friends. In this article, we will separately pay attention to one of the main components of the new Windows 11, one of its main innovations – the Start menu. Microsoft puts a special emphasis on it in its presentation materials, positioning it as reimagined for maximum user usability.

Let’s take a look at the functionality of the menu, let’s talk about how, if necessary, adjust the location of its button on the left, as it was 35 years of existence of Windows. And let’s generally look at the settings of the Start menu: what in its new implementation we can customize for ourselves.

↑ Windows 11 Start Menu

↑ Windows 11 Start Menu Features

So folks, the Windows 11 Start Menu, it was originally designed for Windows 10X – a custom build of Windows 10 for foldable dual-screen devices that died out during the development phase. But her Start menu continued to live on in the new Windows 11, which seems to be guaranteed to live.

The main menu of Windows 11 is simplified compared to the implementation in Windows 10, it is compact, does not expand to full screen, and its sizes are not adjustable, it is, in principle, already created with the optimal size for any screen. The menu does not provide live tiles, it only contains regular labels. It is completely focused on user applications and data, and this is the first aspect of its improved usability. The second aspect is the location in the center of the taskbar, and not on the left, as was the entire 35 existence of Windows. Considering that the location of the button of the main system menu is still something special, people are tied to the location, over the years of working on a computer, the cursor to the menu button has been brought to automatism for many, we can say that Windows 11 has made a revolution in this regard. And this is a revolution for the better: if you drop the attachments, the centered Start menu is much easier to use. The menu has three areas: at the top of the system search bar, pinned shortcuts in the center, recommendations at the bottom and at the very bottom of the system shutdown operation. The pinned shortcut area scrolls without limiting the number of shortcuts, while keeping the menu compact, and this is the third aspect of improved menu usability. Pinned shortcuts have context menus, in which, like in Windows 10, applications can quickly launch their individual functions. and this is the third aspect of improved menu usability. Pinned shortcuts have context menus, in which, like in Windows 10, applications can quickly launch their individual functions. and this is the third aspect of improved menu usability. Pinned shortcuts have context menus, in which, like in Windows 10, applications can quickly launch their individual functions.

By referring to the “All Applications” menu, we will find ourselves in the area of ​​shortcuts for launching all system applications and installed third-party programs. Again, as in Windows 10, in the context menus on Win32 programs there are operations to go to the program installation folder, run as administrator, and there is a list of the latest working program files.

The Windows 11 Start Menu Recommendations area includes recently installed applications, as well as recent files that were opened on this computer and others that were synced with your Microsoft account.

A complete list of recommendations opens in a separate area when you click “Advanced”.

If, friends, you want to have a more uncluttered menu, you can remove the last used files in its settings, we will talk about this further.

In the very bottom area of ​​the menu, we have a reference to the account settings, the operation of blocking and logging out of the system, hibernation, shutdown and reboot.

Windows 11 inherited from Windows 10 the context menu “Start”, it is also the Win + X menu, i.e. called by the keys Win + X.

↑ Windows 11 start menu button on the left

Friends, if you want to return the “Start” button to the classic location on the left of the screen, open the context menu on the taskbar, click the panel options.

In the “Task Pane Alignment” section, select “Left”.

↑ Windows 11 Start Menu Customization

Well, let’s take a look at the Windows 11 Start menu settings that the system offers us to change to suit our preferences. In the “Settings” application, we go along the path “Personalization> Start”. Here you can in the menu:

  • Disable the display of recently added applications;
  • Include frequently used applications (they will be at the top of the list of all applications);
  • Disable display of recently opened files;
  • Add links to individual folders and system parameters.

The number of folders includes only those from the user profile. All that is needed is included for display.

And the included items will be available at the very bottom of the Windows 11 Start menu next to Power Operations.

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Well, this is it, friends, the Start menu of the 11th Windows. And so exhaustively you can tell about it in a small publication. It is not mega-functional, but simple, fast, really thought out for ease of use. Do you like it?    

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