How to Change the Windows 11 Start Menu back to Windows 10 Style

There have been several changes to the 11th version of Microsoft’s Windows Operating System. And one of the prominent changes is the way the start menu is positioned and styled.

But not everyone finds this new position and style appealing and wishes for the previous Windows 10 style.

If you are one of those who feel more comfortable with the Windows 10 start menu style and position, or you just like playing around with different ways to customize your Windows 11 interface. This post walks you through the process of doing so.

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How to Move Windows 11 Taskbar to the Left

First, we will show you how to move the taskbar to the left. To get started, right-click on the taskbar, and select “Taskbar Settings”.

The first settings option is the taskbar alignment, right-click on it and select “Left” to move the taskbar to the left.

Your taskbar should now be located in the left corner of your screen.

Switch to Windows 10 Taskbar Style

The default Windows 11 taskbar style looks odd as pictured below.

Navigating through the apps is unfamiliar. So, you may want to have the Windows 10 style to make navigation more familiar.

To do this, type “Regedit” into the search bar, and select the “Registry Editor” app.

From the Registry Editor window, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER>>Software>>Microsoft.

Next, navigate to Windows>>CurrentVersion>>Explorer.

Next, click on the “Advanced” folder, which displays a list of files. Right-click on the right empty area and select “New”.

There will be a new editable file name added to the lists. Change the name of the file to “Start_ShowClassicMode”.

Double-click on it to save. A new dialogue box will be opened, where you can input the value name. Change the value name to 1, then click “Ok”.

Next, close the Register Editor, and reboot the system to effect the change. Your start menu should now have the Windows 10 arrangement.

To revert to the Windows 11 style. You should locate the “Start_ShowClassicMode” file from Register Editor again, then double-click on it to change its value to 0.

Your start menu should be reverted to the Windows 11 version once you reboot your computer.

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I hope you find this guide helpful, kindly leave a comment if you have any questions.

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