How to move the start menu in Windows 11?

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  • Microsoft left users the ability to revert some of the current Windows 11 UI changes.
  • Know that the Start menu can be moved back to the left of the UI, as it always was.
  • The taskbar apps can also be snapped back into their original position if users choose to.
  • Many consider this feature to be a waste of time and focus on more important changes. 
Windows 11 start menu

Change is almost always a good thing, especially when it’s triggered by evolution or the enhancing of certain features that were long overdue for some strengthening.

Know that, even though Windows 11 will change pretty much all of the UI, developers are still enabling users to change a few features, just to make the transition a bit smoother.

Even though there is no official confirmation about details on the new Windows, we think that our reader’s opinions are valuable nonetheless, and so, we created a thorough survey that asked all the burning questions.

The results of the study were formed out of the opinion of 6052 users from across the globe, members of a total of 152 countries.

Don’t like the centered Start menu? You can switch it back!

Most of us have been using Windows 10 for quite some time now and, naturally, we’ve grown accustomed to a certain layout of the UI.

Although the change brought forth by the whole system redesign, as a part of the new Windows 11 OS, is not that major, some are finding it a bit hard to adjust to this recent arrangement.

Well, rest assured knowing that Microsoft has foreseen this and, therefore, allowed the tweaking of the position of certain UI elements, such as the Start menu and taskbar icons.

You might have also noticed a new icon added to the Windows 11 taskbar, labeled Widgets in the operating system.

Some internet rumors have suggested that Microsoft is bringing back Windows Widgets, and this early version appears to include some.

How do I switch the Start menu back to the left side?

Don’t panic by thinking that this will take up a long portion of your time, as this process is fairly easy and only takes one minute to perform.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Press Windows key +I to bring up the Settings menu.
  2. Click on the Personalization button and then select Taskbar, from the right side.

3. Click on Taskbar behaviors, in order to access the dropdown menu.

4. Next to Taskbar alignment, click on the dropdown menu and selct Left, instead of Center.

Was this feature necessary or not?

Upon reading information that suggested the ability to actually revert the changes that Windows 11 brings to the taskbar and its featured apps and menus, users were not really impressed, to say the least.

 Can’t say I care much about the start menu either way.

For me, the real pain point is the lack of group policy and windows update control. It is a level of paternalism that MS needs to stop with. But MS does not know the full local situation of the computer being used.

By following a trending Reddit thread, we can deduce the vast majority of users, that are keeping themselves informed about everything related to Windows, was actually expecting other, more significant improvements.

Many of them still feel like this is just Windows 10, with a different, more modern skin. It could seem so, for the moment, as the version that was leaked is far from being full.

Most likely, many opinions will change when Microsoft actually releases the full, working version of this highly anticipated operating system.

As scheduled, the company will reveal more details about the future OS on the 24th of June.

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