Sep 05 2021 11:32 PM
Sep 05 2021 11:32 PM
for example I want to put PWAs icons in one group, put Photo related app/software icons in another group and so on. Ideally I want to do this by dragging an icon on start menu and dropping it on another icon to form a group - Windows 11 insider
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Sep 19 2021 11:51 AM
Oct 14 2021 09:55 AM - edited Mar 29 2022 08:51 AM
i agree, feels like we went back 10 years.... put that fxxxxxx group apps in start menu....
Nov 04 2021 12:28 AM
@HotCakeX I agree, not sure how they could not come up with something. I hand quite a few related apps grouped. Very frustrating to have to scroll through all the apps or type in search instead of just windows key and click. Sure I can bundle them all in the start, but why not group.
Nov 24 2021 01:27 AM - edited Nov 24 2021 01:27 AM
I need this since I have a lot of icon groups for different things like unpinnable programs, containers etc..
I started using the tile feature this year, which helped a lot.
Before I used the program fastmenu (https://www.kunze.co/software/fastmenu/) but this program is quite old now and also sometimes has problems with programs, that need administrator priviledges.
Dec 02 2021 06:33 PM
Dec 24 2021 05:59 PM - edited Dec 24 2021 06:05 PM
I totally agree. Microsoft, please put back the Windows 10 grouping. It was so quick to find what I want but now only having 18 icons available at first glance is awful. MS Office alone has 8 so now I'm down to 10 icons left. Another issue is we can no longer right click icons in the start menu to see recent and pinned post opened items. I could write a book on all the negative things about this start menu... please fix it...
A couple positive things include shrinking the search bar to an icon (with quick access from Windows key) and the rounded corners (back to Win XP).
Jan 13 2022 08:49 AM - edited Jan 13 2022 09:10 AM
Completely agree with this. For me, the way it worked in Windows 10 Start was fine, but more important is the specific function that has been removed: I have several hundred apps, 85 of the ones I use most often, or whose names I can't recall, in 8 groups on my Windows 10 Start Menu (e.g., News, Audio Tools, Graphics tools, Communications, Hardware, etc.). This way, I can quickly find any app by just looking at that group. The apps I use most often have larger icons, the ones I use infrequently have smaller icons, and icons are positioned so those that are related to adjacent to each other, like a mini-brainmap per Group. Perfect visual cue to find what I need in 1-2 seconds.
There is no equivalent in Windows 11. Instead, I can have a tiny number of icons in a grid (no organization), where most are only accessible through All Apps. But if I don't know the name of the app I want to launch, then I can't search for it by typing its name, so I have to browse All Apps and hope I recognize it when I see it. That typically takes me 30-40 seconds to find this way, sometimes longer and I just give up. This means what used to take 1-2 seconds now takes 30-40. Multiply that by a few times a day and Windows 11 is costing me minutes a day, hours a month.
This is BY FAR the single biggest problem I have with Windows 11 -- it cripples me and wastes huge amounts of time.
Jan 30 2022 07:49 AM
Jan 30 2022 07:56 AM - edited Jan 30 2022 08:01 AM
Ah, I was just trying to find something positive to say. :)
For now until Microsoft does something better with the start bar I purchased Start11 which gives me a much improved version of the start menu. Sad we have to buy a third party just to have basic features that make since. :(
Feb 08 2022 08:40 AM
I agree that the disappearance of the start menu app grouping is really unfortunate for all the reasons many have already stated.
The best workaround I have found is putting icons on the desktop and grouping them visually (no group name). Instead of using the Windows key to get the start menu, I now use "Windows-D" to display the desktop. I realize this is very Windows 3.1-ish, but I wanted to avoid adding in some third party solution.
Mar 06 2022 04:04 AM