Windows 11: how to reset the Start menu to the left as Windows 10

The Start menu is certainly one of the biggest changes to Windows 11 compared to the previous version of the operating system. But if you don’t like this new Start menu, don’t panic: it’s quite possible to restore the old version. Here’s how.

Even though it has not yet been announced by Microsoft, Windows 11 has already leaked on the Web. On the design side, the operating system is getting a new look and offering windows with rounded corners, new icons (for File Explorer and other Windows applications), but also and above all a new Start menu.

The Windows button is now located in the center of the Taskbar rather than at its left end, while the Start menu “floats” on the desktop and is no longer set to the left of the screen. In addition, we take advantage of a new icon to call “Widgets”. For the moment, this new menu displays News and Interests, a feature that currently poses some problems for Windows 10 users.

If you do not like this new layout of the Start menu, especially with regard to the floating menu of the Start button and the layout of its icons, it is perfectly possible to go back to the old layout of the Windows 10 Start menu. Here’s how you do it.

HOW TO RESTORE THE OLD VERSION OF THE START MENU ON WINDOWS 11

On Windows 11, it is perfectly conceivable to recover the Start menu from Windows 10. No dedicated option is available at the moment, but a quick tour of the Registry Base allows you to restore the menu in just a few seconds. Do the following:

  • Simultaneously press [Windows] + [R]. Enter the term Regedit and confirm. You can also enter the term “Register” in the Search menu, it works too.
  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explore > Advanced
  • Click Edit > New > DWORD Value (32-bit)
  • Name this value Start_ShowClassicMode
  • Double-click on it and set it to 1
  • Reboot your PC
  • Last point: if you want to move the icons of the taskbar to the left, as in Windows 10 so, it is quite possible too. To do this, click the Taskbar using the right mouse button and launch the Taskbar Settings function. In the window that appears, you can change the alignment of the taskbar: center (default) or left.

Well, there you go. If by chance you want to restore the Windows 11 Start menu, you will have to repeat all the previous steps and remove Start_ShowClassicMode, or set it to 0. Note that it is not impossible for Microsoft to simplify the operation and quickly offer this feature as a check or uncheck option in the Taskbar settings.

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