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Add or Remove Items in All apps in Windows 11 Start menu

The Start menu is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended.

All apps appears when a user clicks on All apps in the upper-right corner of the Start menu. All Apps is a comprehensive list of shortcuts, in alphabetical order, of all installed apps. Some of these shortcuts are grouped into folders with the expandable folder in the list.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove items listed in All apps on the Start menu for your account, new accounts, or all accounts in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Recent Items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer in Windows 11

Your recently opened items will show in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer by default in Windows 11.

Recently opened items are stored in the %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items folder for the current user.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing recently opened items for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 11

The Start menu is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended.

The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

The¬†Recommended¬†section on the Start menu shows a list of your recently installed apps (aka: “Recently added”) and recently opened items.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove recently added apps on the Start menu for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Show Accent Color on Start menu and Taskbar in Windows 11

Windows 11 gives you the option to personalize the color and accent color of a variety of surfaces you see when you use Windows.

You can personalize the colors that appear in Windows and your apps by setting the mode to Dark, Light, or Custom.

The Dark mode has a darker set of colors and is designed to work well in a low-lit environment.

The Light mode setting has a lighter color scheme across the Start menu, taskbar, Quick Settings, and notification center. It works well during daylight hours. If you choose the Light mode, you’ll be able to show an accent color for window title bars and borders. You won’t have the option to personalize the color of the Start menu and taskbar (that option is only available for Dark and Custom modes).

The Custom mode gives you more options somewhere in between light and dark. You can choose an accent color or have Windows select one (the accent color will provide a contrast with or match your wallpaper and Windows color). You can also show an accent color for window title bars (the horizontal bar at the top of a window) and borders. Play around with the colors and modes to see which ones work best for you.

You can select to show or not show the accent color on the Start menu and taskbar.

You can select to show or not show the accent color on the¬†Start menu¬†and¬†taskbar¬†(also includes “Quick Settings”, and “Notification Center”).

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Restart Start Menu Process in Windows 11

The Start menu is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended. The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

Microsoft separated the Start menu into its own process, called StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. This has a number of benefits, including simplifying debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces.

This will allow you restart the Start menu as needed without having to restart the explorer.exe process.

Restarting the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process can be helpful if the Start menu will not open, frozen, or acting buggy.

This tutorial will show you how to restart the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process to restart the Start menu as needed for your account in Windows 11.

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Show or Hide Most Used apps list on Start Menu in Windows 11

The¬†Most used¬†list at the top of the All apps list on the Start menu shows up to 6 of the user’s most frequently used apps.

The Most used list can make it quicker and easier to open your most used apps, but you can hide the Most used list if you find it as clutter instead.

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide the Most used list on the Start menu for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Folders on Start in Windows 11

The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

In Windows 11, you can choose which folders appear at the bottom on Start next to the Power button.

You can add or remove the Settings, File Explorer, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos, Network, and Personal folder folders on Start.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove folders on Start next to the Power button for your account in Windows 11.

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Restore Classic Start Menu in Windows 11

The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

Windows 11 comes with a new Start menu without live tiles.

If you do not like the new Start menu in Windows 11, you can restore the classic Start menu similar to the Windows 10 Start menu.

This tutorial will show you how to restore the classic Start menu for your account in Windows 11.

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How to Pin Android Apps from Your Phone to Start Menu on Windows 10 PC

You can tap into the power of Your Phone app with Link to Windows integration on select Surface Duo and Samsung devices to instantly access your Android phone’s mobile apps directly from your Windows 10 PC.

With Your Phone¬†apps, you can instantly access the Android apps installed on your mobile device right on your PC. Using a¬†Wi-Fi connection, Apps allows you to browse, play, order, chat, and more ‚Äď all while using your PC‚Äôs larger screen and keyboard. You can add your Android apps as favorites on your PC, pin them to your Start menu and taskbar, and open them in separate windows to use side-by-side with apps on your PC ‚Äď helping you stay productive.

This tutorial will show you how to pin Android phone apps to the Start menu on your Windows 10 PC using the Your Phone app.

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How to Pin Sites to Start Menu with Microsoft Edge Chromium in Windows 10

Microsoft Edge lets you pin sites as a tile on the Start menu each with their own icon for quick access to tabs for your pinned sites. These pinned sites will always open in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin sites as a tile on the Start menu with the Chromium based Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Pin Microsoft News Topics on Start as Live Tiles in Windows 10

The Microsoft News app is a preinstalled UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app in Windows 10 that delivers breaking news and trusted, in-depth reporting from the world’s best journalists.

Microsoft News makes it easy to for you to keep informed, to intuitively move from story to story, and from section to section. Our clean design lets you read articles without clutter, with useful features like a dark mode for nighttime reading. The app is free to download and use with no limits on how many articles or videos you can view.

The Microsoft News app on Windows 10 now supports secondary Live Tiles. You can now pin any topic of interest from the Microsoft News app to your Start menu as a Live Tile.

Live Tiles are a handy feature to track breaking news throughout the day letting you follow specific topics, so that you can keep abreast of developing reports in your industry and track your favorite interests ‚ÄĒ right from your Start menu.

This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin topics from the Microsoft News app on the Start menu as a Live Tile for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add Restart Start Menu to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18317, Microsoft separated the Start menu into its own process, called StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. This has a number of benefits, including simplifying debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces.

This will allow you restart the Start menu without having to restart the explorer.exe process.

Restarting the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process can be helpful if the Start menu will not open, frozen, or acting buggy.

This tutorial will show you how to add Restart Start Menu to the desktop context menu of all users in Windows 10.

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How to Restart Start Menu in Windows 10

The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18317, Microsoft separated the Start menu into its own process, called StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. This has a number of benefits, including simplifying debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces.

This will allow you restart the Start menu without having to restart the explorer.exe process.

Restarting the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process can be helpful if the Start menu will not open, frozen, or acting buggy.

This tutorial will show you how to restart the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process to restart the Start menu as needed for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Pin to Start Email Folder from Mail app in Windows 10

The Mail and Calendar apps included with Windows 10 help you stay up to date on your email, manage your schedule and stay in touch with people you care about the most. Designed for both work and home, these apps help you communicate quickly and focus on what’s important across all your accounts. Supports Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo! and other popular accounts.

An added account in Mail has folders such as the Outbox, Inbox, Drafts, Archive, Conversation History, Junk, Sent, and Deleted for your email messages. You can add or remove folders from Favorites under the email account(s) how you want.

If you like, you can pin to Start a folder for email account(s) from the Mail app to be able to quickly open the Mail app directly to a folder of the email account you want from Start.

This tutorial will show you how to Pin to Start a folder of an email account from the Mail app for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Pin to Start Email Account from Mail app in Windows 10

The Mail and Calendar apps included with Windows 10 help you stay up to date on your email, manage your schedule and stay in touch with people you care about the most. Designed for both work and home, these apps help you communicate quickly and focus on what’s important across all your accounts. Supports Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo! and other popular accounts.

If you like, you can pin to Start your email account(s) from the Mail app to be able to quickly open the Mail app directly to the email account you want from Start.

This tutorial will show you how to Pin to Start an email account from the Mail app for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Showing Remote Locations in Jump Lists in Windows

When you right click or press and hold on an app on the taskbar or Start menu, it will open the app’s jump list.

Jump Lists is a feature that lists app specific tasks or items you can quickly open or get to for every day usage. Jump lists can include recently opened items, frequently opened items, tasks, or websites, in addition to pinned items. You’ll always see the same items in the jump list for an app, regardless of whether you view the jump list on the Start menu, taskbar, or File Explorer.

If you like, you can disable displaying and tracking items over the network from remote locations in Jump Lists.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing remote locations in Jump Lists for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Show more tiles on Start in Windows 10

A Tile is an image that represents a pinned app on Start. Live tiles on Start display information that are useful at a glance without opening an app.

The default for tile groups on Start is to have 3 columns of medium sized tiles, but Microsoft has heard feedback from many Insiders who wanted the ability to have a 4th column as well, so they could have two wide or large sized tiles side by side in a group. Starting with Windows 10 build 10547, a Show more tiles on Start setting has been added to be able to do this now. .

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to change the Show more tiles on Start setting for all users in Windows 10.

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