For example, in the “All apps” section, you can use the dialer to quickly jump to a different part of the list to find a specific app. You can add or remove quick access to different locations next to the power menu. You can control how the menu shows recommendations, and you can disable web content from appearing when you perform a search. This guide will highlight some features you probably didn’t know are available in the Start menu on Windows 11.

Start menu hidden features on Windows 11

On Windows 11, the Start menu hides some interesting features in plain sight that can help you improve the experience.

1. App list dialer

The “All apps” section can include a long list of applications. Although you can use the search feature to find a specific application, you can also use the dial to quickly jump to a particular part of the list. To use the Start menu dialer on Windows 11, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, the Start menu will show the apps that match the letter you selected.  

2. Add folders icons

In the Start menu, you can add quick links to specific places (folders) on Windows 11, including Settings, File Explorer, and Downloads. To add folders to the Start menu, use these steps: After you complete the steps, you will see the icons next to the power button in the Start menu.

3. Show fewer recommendations

The “Recommendations” sections can surface recent apps and files, but if you don’t find this feature useful, you can’t disable it, but you can change the settings to show a few recommendations and more pins, or you can stop showing suggestions altogether. To show fewer recommendations in the Start menu, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, the menu will show fewer items and more pins.

4. Disable search highlight

Search highlights are those web suggestions that appear when you start a search from the Start menu or Search interface. If you don’t find web content useful, you can disable the feature, but you need to know where to find the option. To disable web search suggestions in the Start menu, use these steps: After you complete the steps, the next time you start a search, the interface will show some quick searches for settings and a list of your top apps.

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