Windows 11 Start menu update

 With the upcoming Windows 11 version 22H2, the start menu will be more individual. Users have more options to choose what to display in the start menu.

Windows 11 Start menu update

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With the upcoming Windows 11 version 22H2, the start menu will be more individual. Users have more options to choose what to display in the start menu.

With the new build 22509, all registered Windows Insiders in the dev channel have more options for configuring the start menu. So far it has been fixed how comprehensive the two areas "Pinned" with pinned programs and links, and "Recommended" with recently opened programs and files are. With Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22509, users can choose how much content should be displayed in the two areas. For example, the "Recommended" area can be reduced to just one line. And if you like, you can hide the area so that only a note appears. However, this setting also affects the file explorer, so that the quick access view is no longer possible there.

You will be able to adapt the start menu in the future

If you want to adjust the sorting within the start menu in Windows 11, you simply have to right-click on a free area in the start menu and select "Start Settings". Alternatively, you can also call up the settings app and select the "Start" entry under "Personalization". Here you can decide whether you want the previous standard division or whether you want to see more pinned programs or more recommended entries.

You can also completely switch off the "Recommended" area here. To do this, set the slider for the entry "Show recently opened items in the start, jump lists, and in the file explorer" to "Off". However, not only will you no longer see any entries in the "Recommended" category in the start menu, but the quick access in the file explorer will also be switched off. Either way, however, a note remains in the start menu, even if you have switched off the "Recommended" area. In addition to recently opened programs, all recently opened files are also displayed in this category, so that the files can be opened with just one click or you can right-click to go directly to the storage location. In addition to the profile picture, shortcuts to the settings app and folders can also be stored in the start menu. To do this, select the "Folder" sub-item in the "Start" entry in the settings app. The more flexible division in the start menu will be part of Windows 11 version 22H2, which will be released in autumn 2022.

Collection for configuring the start menu in Windows 11:
  • With Windows 11 version 22H2, users have more options for configuring the start menu. So you can determine whether you want to see more pinned programs or a larger "recommended" area.
  • If you want, you can switch off the "Recommended" area completely by selecting the "Start" entry under Personalization in the Settings app and setting "Show recently opened items in start, jump lists and in the file explorer" to "Off". However, there is then no longer any quick access in the file explorer.
  • Windows Insider are currently testing the new function for more flexible division in the start menu in Insider Preview Build 22509.