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The Start Menu in Windows 11 has been completely redesigned and simplified compared to Windows 10.

 

Start Menu Overview

 

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Search

 

Type here to search installed Apps, Documents and the Web

 

Another way to quickly search is to click on the Start button and then start typing the name of the app you want

 

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Pinned Apps

This area shows all apps you have chosen to pin to the Start Menu

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All apps

Clicking here shows an alphabetical list of all installed apps

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Pinned Apps Scroll

Click here to scroll between pages of pinned apps if you have more than one page (18 apps)

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Recommended

This pane shows all recently opened files and apps

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User Account

Click on your user name to change account settings, to lock computer or to sign out from your account

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Power

 

Click here to sleep, hibernate, restart or shut down your computer

 

You can also show additional icons here such as Settings, Documents, Pictures etc - this can be done via Settings > Personalization > Start > Folders

 

 

Search

 

You can search through your installed Apps, Documents and the Web in three ways:-

 

1)Type into the search box at the top of the Start Menu

 

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2)Open the Start Menu and just start typing

 

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3)Click the Search icon on the Taskbar

 

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Either method will change the Start Menu view to the below which will show your search results along with a list of Top apps (those you use the most), Recent (apps you have opened recently), and links to Quick searches.

 

You can also choose whether to show results for All, Apps, Documents, Web, Email, Photos and more across the top of the search panel.

 

Clicking the three dots in the top right corner allows you to view a list of Connected accounts (Microsoft accounts you use which will be included in search results e.g. content in OneDrive etc), you can also configure Search settings and Indexing options here.

 

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Start Settings

 

You can access the Start Menu Settings by clicking the icon on the Start Menu.

 

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or by right clicking on the Start Menu icon.

 

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or by pressing.

 

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and then clicking Personalization > Start

 

 

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Show recently added apps

When enabled this will show any recently installed apps in the Recommendations pane at the bottom of the start menu

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Show the most used apps

When enabled this will show the apps you use the most in the All apps section of the start menu

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Show recently opened items..

This shows all recently opened files and apps in the Recommendations pane at the bottom of the start menu

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Folders

Here you can choose additional icons to show at the bottom of the start menu next to the power icon e.g. settings, documents, pictures, File Explorer etc

 

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