The first thing you notice after upgrading to Windows 11 is the new Start menu. That’s literally the very first thing you see on the screen after installing the OS. By default, the Start menu pops up in the center of the screen. But many users don’t really like the new UI design. Let’s see how you can bring the old Start menu back.
How Do I Restore the Old Start Menu in Windows 11?
Method 1: Use the Settings App
The quickest way to restore the old Start menu in Windows 11 is to edit your taskbar settings and align your taskbar to the left.
- Go to Settings
- Select Personalization
- Then click on Taskbar
- Scroll down to Taskbar behaviors
- Go to Taskbar alignment and select Left in the drop-down menu.
- Restart your computer to apply the changes.
Method 2: Tweak the Registry
Another way to bring the old Start menu back is to use the Registry Editor.
- Click on the search button and type regedit.
- Double-click on the Registry Editor.
- Navigate to the following path:
- Then right-click on Advanced and select New → DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the new value Start_ShowClassicMode.
- Double-click on Start_ShowClassicMode and set the value data to 1.
- Restart your computer and check if the Start menu is aligned to the left now.
Customize Your Start Menu
The list of options doesn’t end here; you can further customize your Start menu. For example, you can select what items you want to see on the menu.
Go to Settings → Personalization → Start. You can choose to show recently opened apps, as well as Jump Lists and items that you recently opened in File Explorer. You can also select which folders appear next to the Power button.
If you want to move the Windows 11 start menu to the left, you can go to Taskbar settings and select the left taskbar alignment option. Alternatively, you can also tweak your Registry to get the job done. What do you think about the new Windows 11 start menu? Love it or hate it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.