Windows 11 New Features
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One of the big changes Microsoft made in Windows 11 was a complete overhaul of the Start menu. Admittedly, for users of a previous version of Windows, it will look somewhat familiar, but it’s best to come to this conclusion yourself. I will therefore immediately click on the Start button, which is normally now in the center of the screen, so you will immediately see what the new Start menu looks like. As you can see, there is now a search box at the top of it and you can use it to find apps and other content such as files or even web pages. On this occasion, I will look for an application and to that end enter its name here, for example. Notepad. If Windows finds the desired item, a shortcut will appear in the lower part of the menu that serves to start it, but in addition, results related to similar terms and coming directly from the Internet will be displayed. In other words, if I’m interested in an application called Notepad++, I can launch it by selecting the appropriate option, regardless of whether it is currently not on my computer. I’m not going to do that though, instead I’m going to cancel this search and go back to the original Start menu content. As you can see, right below the search field are the so-called pinned apps (Pinned apps) and they come from the basic installation of Windows 11 itself, which means that I did not choose them myself. On the other hand, as it was the case with the previous version of Windows, there is the possibility to add new contents to this list as needed or to simply remove them. This means that if I do not want the icon representing Twitter to appear in this list, it is enough to click on it with the right mouse button and select the Unpin from Start option from the auxiliary menu. In the lower part of the Start menu, there are the so-called recommended contents (Recommended) and they are actually shortcuts to files that you have used recently. This means that they are easily accessible to you, so you only need to click the mouse and open the appropriate content. At the bottom left is the information that represents the account that is currently being used (User Account), and if I click on it, I will be able to change its parameters (Change account settings), to lock it (Lock) or to log out (Sign out). On the far right you can see the icon used to close Windows, and if you open the help menu, you will see that this function allows you to disconnect from the network (Disconnect), shut down the computer (Shut down) or restart it (Restart). If you want to display all the applications available to you, click on the All apps option. After that, a list of all installed programs will appear on the screen, so it won’t be difficult for you to find what you need. If you don’t like the look of the Start menu, you can change it. Here is how it can be achieved. To begin with, you need to go to the section with settings (Settings) and then select the Personalization option. After that, you can go to the section related to the Start menu and adjust its parameters. As you can see, there is an opportunity to control the display of recently added programs (Show recently added apps), those that are used the most (Show the most used apps) as well as the contents that are most interesting to you (Show recently opened items in Start, Jump List, and File Explorer). A special category is represented by certain folders, which means that you can include them in the content of the Start menu if necessary. To show you what it looks like in practice, I’ll click on the appropriate option and then a list of all the characteristic folders will appear on the screen. Now it won’t be difficult for me to activate some of them separately and thus facilitate access to the data contained in them.

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