The Start menu on Windows 11 has been overhauled with new features and upgrades that provide a customized user experience. When you click on the Start menu (Windows logo) located in the taskbar, you’ll be met by a search field, pinned apps, and files that have been recently opened. At the bottom, you’ll find your profile icon and the power button. While this may seem pretty standard, things get interesting once you open the personalization settings.
The Start menu personalization settings allow you to toggle on/off recently added apps, frequently used apps, and, recently added files in the Start Menu. You can also add specific folders to your Start menu, such as Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, or Videos. Therefore, the next time you open your Start menu, you’ll either find a few new additions or a clearer panel with fewer icons.
Looking at the Start menu again, the apps that are currently pinned are there by default. Windows 11 lets you change these by right-clicking any app and selecting “Unpin from Start.” You can then replace it with an app that you want by left-clicking the All Apps option, choosing the app, and selecting “Pin to Start.” Once it is on your Start menu, you can then reorder or move the apps around by dragging them with your mouse.
The revamped Start menu on Windows 11 can provide quick access to the apps and files you use regularly. Once you’ve managed to customize it to fit your needs, things should get a lot easier to navigate, improving your productivity throughout the day. As a bonus, you can even change the Start menu color to fit the theme of your desktop. Simply open the Settings app, select Personalization, Colors, and click “Show accent color on Start and taskbar.”