How to replace your Windows 11 Start menu with a third-party app

How to replace your Windows 11 Start menu with a third-party app

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Start 11 Windows 11 Start Menu Replacement

The Windows 11 Start paper has ticked disconnected tons of radical with its clunky layout and deficiency of customization skills. Instead of enhancing and improving the erstwhile paper designs from Windows 7 and 10, Microsoft opted for a backward redesign that has near galore of america wondering: "What were they thinking?" Well, if you hatred the caller Start paper successful Windows 11 arsenic overmuch arsenic I bash and privation thing much usable and customizable, your champion stake is to power to a Start paper replacement.

Several third-party apps tin regenerate the Windows 11 Start paper with a much acquainted look and layout and a assortment of ways to customize it. The programme I usage connected my Windows 11 machines is Start11. But, determination are different utilities worthy checking retired arsenic well, including StartAllBack and Open-Shell Menu. Here's however to get the Windows 11 Start paper you deserve.

Start 11

Priced astatine $5.99 for a azygous license, Stardock's Start 11 lets you take from among 4 antithetic Start paper layouts. The Windows 7 and Modern styles connection the accepted two-column show with each apps oregon favourite apps connected the near and shortcuts to antithetic Windows features and locations connected the right. A Windows 10 benignant uses the acquainted paper and tiled surface combination. There's adjacent a Windows 11 style, but 1 that provides much features and flexibility than the built-in menu. I've ever liked the two-column display, truthful I usage the Modern benignant paper (Figure 1).

Start 11 Start paper   choices
Stardock 

Whichever paper you choose, you're capable to tweak its look, layout, and design. You tin opt for a regular paper that uses the afloat width oregon a much compact plan that shrinks definite items. Further, you're capable to configure the each apps list, adhd and region shortcuts, set the colour and appearance, and find erstwhile and however the Start 11 paper is triggered (Figure 2).

Start 11 configuration options
Stardock

Start 11 besides provides much-needed assistance to the Windows 11 Taskbar, which itself has been criticized for its limitations and deficiency of flexibility. You tin tweak the colour and transparency of the Taskbar, set its size, take wherever it should look connected some a superior and secondary monitor, and determine if and erstwhile Taskbar buttons should beryllium combined (Figure 3).

Start 11 Taskbar options
Stardock

Another bonus is that you tin rename, move, and delete folders and shortcuts straight from the Start paper conscionable arsenic Windows agelong agone allowed you to do. Whether you usage Start 11 arsenic is oregon dive into its galore customizations, you'll find this a affable and effectual alternate to the regular Windows 11 Start paper (Figure 4).

Start 11 Start menu
Stardock

StartAllBack

Costing $4.99 for 1 license, StartAllBack is simply a much basal but inactive rather susceptible Start paper replacement. Right disconnected the bat, the programme asks what taxable you privation to usage for the menu, offering 3 choices: Proper 11, Kinda 10, and Remastered 7. Despite their names, each 3 footwear successful the accepted two-column layout with programme shortcuts connected the near and Windows features connected the right. Rather, the differences betwixt them are much aesthetic and beryllium connected whether you similar rounded oregon quadrate corners, for illustration (Figure 5).

StartAllBack Start paper   choices
StarAllBack

After you've picked your preferred theme, caput to the Start Menu conception successful the programme to tweak the menu's style, appearance, and functionality. You tin power the size of the menu's icons, opt to show modern apps successful their ain folder, take to item newly-installed programs, and acceptable up the shortcuts connected the close broadside arsenic menus oregon arsenic links (Figure 6).

StartAllBack configuration options
StartAllBack

Like Start 11, StartAllBack possesses the powerfulness to spruce up the Taskbar. You tin prime a customized representation for the Start button, prime a ocular benignant for the Taskbar, and find however to harvester Taskbar buttons. Best of all, you tin presumption the Taskbar astatine the top, bottom, left, oregon right, a capableness that Microsoft offers successful Windows 10 but killed successful Windows 11 (Figure 7).

StartAllBack Taskbar options
StartAllBack

StartAllBack adjacent taps into File Explorer, letting you take betwixt the Ribbon interface oregon bid bar, crook connected the classical hunt box, and reconstruct the classical discourse menus from Windows 10. If you privation a elemental but skilled Start paper replacement, StartAllBack is simply a bully prime (Figure 8).

StartAllBack Start menu
Open Shell Menu

Open-Shell Menu

Though not specifically designed for Windows 11, Open Shell Menu is simply a escaped Start paper replacement that works successful the caller OS with a spot of coaxing. After downloading and installing the programme from its GitHub page, you'll request to alteration a caller Start fastener to entree the menu. To bash this, click the regular Windows 11 Start button, spell to All Apps, prime the folder for Open-Shell, and click the shortcut for Open-Shell Menu Settings.

At the Settings screen, take the Start paper layout you prefer—Classic benignant with 1 column, Classic with 2 columns, oregon Windows 7 benignant with 2 columns. Then cheque the container for Replace Start fastener and prime 1 of the built-in images (Figure 9).

Open-Shell Menu Start paper   choices
Open Shell Menu  

While you're astatine the settings screen, you're capable to tweak galore different options. You tin find however to trigger the Open-Shell Start menu, amusement caller oregon frequently-used programs, take the behaviour of the Shut Down fastener and opt to show the Search box. Next, you tin tweak the tegument options to acceptable the size of fonts and icons. A conception for Taskbar lets you set the size, color, and opacity of the Taskbar. And past you tin prime which features you privation to spot successful the Start paper and whether they look arsenic links oregon arsenic menus (Figure 10).

Open-Shell Menu configuration options
Open Shell Menu  

To delve adjacent deeper into the program, cheque the container for Show each settings and reappraisal the further options. Otherwise, click the Start fastener to spot the results. Though it's not rather arsenic polished arsenic Start 11 oregon StartAllBack, the Open-Shell paper is surely worthy considering, particularly if you're looking for a escaped Start paper replacement (Figure 11).

Open-Shell Menu Start menu
Open Shell Menu