Hardware practice: Windows 11 – Customize the start menu – Here’s how!

How you can configure the start menu and the taskbar of Windows 11, we will tell you in our guide.

Windows 11 is here – and brings a whole range of innovations with it, including a modified start menu. What immediately opens up here: The start menu is now in the middle of the taskbar and no longer on the left side (as it was in Windows 10).

But if you want the start menu back in its original position, that’s no problem. With a few simple steps you can change the position of the menu and return to the old Windows 10 look. In this guide we explain what you have to do for it. We’ll also give you more tips on how to customize the start menu according to your needs.

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Configuring the taskbar and start menu: how does it work? Microsoft gives its users some freedom in optics and design with Windows 11. The start menu and the taskbar are no exception, even if we would like more.

Drag and slide apps – Basically, the following applies to the Windows 11 start menu: You can determine yourself which apps are displayed in the pinned section. Simply move the symbols to where you want them to be, or right-click them to remove them from the list completely.

Customize the taskbar – When you start Windows 11 for the first time, you will find various features in the taskbar below:

  • the search (magnifying glass symbol)
  • the widget menu
  • the overview of the active applications

Unlike conventional apps, however, these features cannot simply be removed from the taskbar by right-clicking on the context menu. Instead you have to call up the settings of Windows 11 and in the menu Personalization -> Taskbar -> Taskbar Items the corresponding switch the end place.

This menu also offers you the option of displaying symbols for additional features and apps in the taskbar corner or in the overflow menu of the taskbar. Here you can decide for yourself which app should appear in the menu and whether you want to display an icon for an on-screen keyboard, for example.

Change the orientation of the taskbar – Microsoft makes it very easy for us to change the orientation of the taskbar in the interests of user-friendliness. This is how you do it:

You can find it in the settings under Personalization -> Taskbar -> Taskbar Behavior -> Taskbar Orientation a drop down menu. Here you can set the orientation of the taskbar and choose between the possibilities Centered and Links decide.

Remove recommended content from the start menu – Windows 11 usually shows under in the start menu Recommended recently used files, items and apps. If you want to deactivate this function, you will find the corresponding option in the settings under Personalization -> Start. Windows 11 distinguishes between three categories, which you can switch off individually:

  • recently added apps
  • most used apps
  • recently opened items

Add folder to the start menu – But this menu offers another option: Here you can specify which folders Windows 11 should show you in the start menu next to the power button in the start menu at the bottom right. Among other things, you have the choice between the Windows settings, the file explorer and various standard folders (pictures, videos, music, documents, and so on).

By the way: If you want to know what else Microsoft’s new operating system has to offer, just take a look at our article, which summarizes all information about the release of Windows 11:

What do you all mean? Are the customization options of the new start menu enough for you, or should Microsoft add something here? Feel free to write it in the comments!

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