Personalization Add or Remove All Apps List on Start Menu in Windows 11


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The Start menu is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended.

All apps appears when a user clicks on All apps in the upper-right corner of the Start menu. All Apps is a comprehensive list of shortcuts, in alphabetical order, of all installed apps. Some of these shortcuts are grouped into folders with the expandable folder in the list.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the All apps button and list from the Start menu for all or specific users in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove All Apps on the Start Menu.



Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove All Apps List on Start Menu for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Add or Remove All Apps List on Start Menu for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: Enable (add) or Disable (remove) All Apps List on Start Menu

Start_menu_All_apps-disabled.jpg
Start_menu_All_apps-enabled-1.jpg
Start_menu_All_apps-enabled-2.jpg





Option One

Add or Remove All Apps List on Start Menu for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two to configure the same policy.


1 Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2 Navigate to the policy location below you want in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

(All users)​
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

OR​

(Specific user or group)​
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Start_menu_All_apps_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Remove All Programs list from the Start menu policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (add) or step 6 (remove) below for what you want.

5 Add All Apps List on Start Menu

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7.​

Start_menu_All_apps_gpedit-2.png

6 Remove All Apps List on Start Menu

A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Select Remove and disable setting in the "Choose one of the following actions" drop menu under "Options".​

C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7.​

Start_menu_All_apps_gpedit-3.png

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Two

Add or Remove All Apps List on Start Menu for All Users using REG file


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add All Apps List on Start Menu for All Users

This is the default setting


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_All_Apps_to_Start_menu_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStartMenuMorePrograms"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStartMenuMorePrograms"=-

3 Remove All Apps List on Start Menu for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_All_Apps_from_Start_menu_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStartMenuMorePrograms"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStartMenuMorePrograms"=dword:00000001

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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