Microsoft is addressing user feedback and complaints regarding the Start Menu in Windows 11. Many users were not satisfied with the new Start Menu and had to rely on third-party tools for customization. However, Microsoft plans to improve the Start Menu interface and reduce clutter by introducing “folders” support for items in the recommended section.
In newer Windows 11 Canary builds, Start Menu folders will automatically group similar items in the recommended section. This addition will make the section more organized and address some user concerns.
The recommended section has been a point of debate among users, with some liking it and others turning it off. If you are unsure how to turn it off, follow these steps:
1. Open the Settings app and go to Personalization.
2. Click on Start.
3. You will find three toggles: “Show recently added apps,” “Show most used apps,” and “Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer.”
4. Turn off these toggles to reduce the presence of the recommended section.
This will disable the recommended section but leave a blank space at the bottom. To reduce the space, click on “More Pins” under the Start section in Settings.
There is a highly upvoted feedback in the Feedback Hub to eliminate the recommended space in the Start Menu. If it bothers you, you can search for it in the Feedback Hub and upvote it.
In addition to the Start Menu changes, Microsoft is introducing more customization options in Windows 11. The Quick Settings panel, rolled out with Build 25967, will have a new scrollable list. This change will allow users to quickly scroll through their quick actions without rearranging them.
However, since this change was spotted in a Canary Insider Build, it may or may not reach end-users. Microsoft often tests changes and features in the Canary build before deciding whether to include them in future updates.
We can only hope that Microsoft incorporates these features into Windows 11 in upcoming updates.