Windows tips

Access All Apps from Start Menu

You can view all your installed apps from the Windows 11 Start menu. Hit the Windows key, open the Start menu and go to All apps at the upper right corner. From the All apps list, you will see your most-used apps at the top followed by a list of apps in alphabetical order. You can also use the search bar at the top to quickly find an app in the All apps menu.

Pin Apps in Windows 11 Start Menu

You won’t want to go to All apps menu every time to access your favorite apps and games. You can now pin them right at the top of the Start menu. Microsoft showed not-so-popular live tiles the exit door with Windows 11. They are replaced by pinned apps on Windows 11. Users can now pin up to 18 apps in the Start menu for easy access. Go to the All apps menu and right-click on your favorite app and select the Pin to Start option. You will see the app pinned at the top.

Rearrange Pinned Apps

This is quite simple but some may find it confusing due to a bad UX. You can easily rearrange apps in the pinned apps section using drag and drop functionality. Click on an app icon and drag it to your preferred position.

Use Start menu Recommendations

This is by far our favorite add-on in the Windows 11 Start menu. Microsoft has replaced the Windows 10 Timeline menu and added rather useful recommendations in the Start menu. How does it work then? The recommendations menu is tightly integrated with other Microsoft services such as OneNote, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Edge browser. Let’s say you have a Word document open on your phone or other PC. Windows 11 will recommend you to open the same document from the Start menu on other devices. Did you recently opened a OneNote notebook on your phone? You will Microsoft suggesting the same notebook in the recommendation menu. Click on the More button and check all the recommendations from the past. Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about old goodies from the previous Windows 10 Start menu. Let’s talk about a couple of them.

Convert Currency in Start Menu

Do you know the Windows 11 Start menu can convert currency on the go? Powered by Bing, Microsoft has integrated a currency converter right in the Start menu search bar. Open the Start menu and you can start typing ‘Convert $100 in Euro’ and Bing will showcase relevant results with past history.

Tired of the cool animations in Windows that just slows you down?.

Control Panel > Ease of Access Center > Make it easier to focus on tasks > Turn off all unnecessary animationsIt worked wonders on my little Surface RT :)You can fine tune animations via Advanced Systems Settings, but I just found it more convenient to tick one option under Ease of Access.