Win11 preview version of the new “start” menu three layout hands-on experience


According to windows latest, when you upgrade to windows 11, you will immediately notice two major changes. First, the start menu is now centered in the taskbar, not left aligned. The second and most obvious change is that the windows 11 operating system has completely abolished the dynamic tile in the Windows 8 era.

The shiny dynamic magnet has been replaced by a panel similar to a mobile starter. The start menu now has two parts: applications and recommendations. The application appears in a list, and the menu cannot be customized at all. You can only rearrange applications and unpin them.

Fortunately, Microsoft is aware of the limitations of the windows 11 start menu and is working to develop customized options. The customization options in the new windows 11 build 22509 will allow users to display more applications or recommendations in the start menu as part of the next major update in the fall of 2022.

To customize the start menu, just right-click anywhere on the start menu, select settings options, and open the settings application.

As you can see in the screenshot, Microsoft has added new options to change the default layout of the start menu. You can now have more app icons or more recommendations in the menu.

According to the post of the feedback center, a considerable number of users are not interested in the new “recommendation” because it creates an empty space in the “start” menu.

It also repeats items that have been pinned to the start menu. If you just want to stick with application fixing, just select the “more fixing” option in the settings.

If you prefer “recommendations” to fixed applications, just choose the third option to have more recommendations. This can be helpful if you edit a lot of files and want to see these activities on the start menu.

In addition to the customization function of the “start” menu, Microsoft also fixed the wrong bug of the “start” menu. For example, a bug has been fixed. When the system zoom is set to 125%, the start menu, search, task view, widgets and chat icons appear large.

Similarly, another bug is that selecting the application settings option in the start menu will open an incorrect settings window. Microsoft has now changed the shortcut to open MS settings: apps features. Previously, the same link opened the list of installed applications.

Microsoft is still trying to improve the taskbar, but still lacks drag and drop support and the ability to resize the start menu.