Windows 11 Build 23575 introduces streamlined Start menu, restricts recommended removal

Windows 11 Build 23575 is currently being rolled out to testers in the Canary channel, and it brings some notable changes. One of these changes is a new feature in the Start menu’s recommended section that groups recently installed apps. The aim of this feature is to reduce clutter and improve user interaction. While this build is a preview update from the Dev channel and doesn’t offer many new features, it does introduce some fixes.

Microsoft is experimenting with a new Start menu feature in Windows 11 that groups recently added apps into a folder in the Recommended section. This feature aims to reduce clutter and enhance user interaction. Currently, it is limited to recently added apps, but there is potential for further grouping of similar items. Microsoft plans to roll out this feature to Windows 11 23H2 and 22H2 in future monthly updates.

Windows 11 Build 23575 also introduces several fixes, addressing game crashes, disappearing Copilot from the taskbar, File Explorer issues, and explorer.exe crashes.

In Windows 11 22H2, new customization options were added to the ‘Start menu’s recommended’ feed. Users can now toggle to show an extra row of pins, which removes a row of ‘recommended’ items and provides more space for apps.

While Microsoft has no plans to remove the recommended feed, the company hopes to encourage more user interaction by reducing clutter. In the latest preview builds, Microsoft has added grouping or folder support for recently added apps in the recommended feed.

Although grouping is currently limited to recently added apps, Microsoft may expand it to include similar items in the Start menu to reduce clutter. This change could potentially be implemented in Windows 11 23H2 and 22H2 through future monthly updates.

Some users have expressed a desire to have the option to remove the entire recommended section from the Start menu. However, Microsoft has not indicated any plans to provide this option.

Aside from the new Start menu feature, Windows 11 Build 23575 includes other improvements. It addresses a ‘hover’ issue with Gallery in File Explorer and fixes a bug that caused File Explorer to crash. Additionally, several other fixes have been implemented, including addressing game crashes, Copilot disappearing from the taskbar, unexpected tooltips in File Explorer, menu dropdown issues, and explorer.exe crashes. There is also a fix for an issue where Windows Settings prompted users to sign into a Microsoft account, even though they were already signed in.

These changes will be included in future cumulative updates for Windows 11 23H2.

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