Personalization Add or Remove Items in All apps in Windows 11 Start menu


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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 items listed in All apps on the Start menu for your account, new accounts, or all accounts in Windows 11.


The only way to remove Microsoft Store apps from All apps is to uninstall them. Do not uninstall any apps you want to use.



Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove Items in All apps for Current User or Specific Account
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Items in All apps for New Accounts
  • Option Three: Add or Remove Items in All apps for All Accounts


EXAMPLE: All apps on Start menu

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OPTION ONE

Add or Remove Items in All apps for Current User or Specific Account


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option on a specific user other than your account.

The All apps list for your account will have the items in this option and Option Three listed in it.


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Navigate to or copy and paste the folder location below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter to open the folder. (see screenshot below)

(Current user)​
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

OR​

(Specific user)​
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Substitute username in the path above with the actual user name of the specific user you want.



3 Do step 4, step 5, and/or step 6 below for what you would like to do.


 4. Add Shortcuts to All apps for Current User

A) Create or add shortcut(s) of anything you want in this Programs folder or in any subfolders (groups) you like. The name of this shortcut is what will show alphabetically in All apps. Go to step 7 below.​


 5. To Add Groups (folders) to All apps for Current User

Added folders must contain at least two shortcuts with at least one of these shortcuts not already on the All apps list for the folder to show on the All apps list.


A) Create a new folder in this Programs folder with any name you want. The name of this folder is what will show alphabetically in All apps.​

B) Create or add shortcut(s) of anything you want in the new folder, and go to step 7 below.​


 6. To Remove Groups (folders) or Shortcuts from All apps for Current User

A) Delete any shortcuts or subfolders (groups) you want in this Programs folder.​

7 Repeat step 3 above if you would like to add anything else to All apps.

8 When finished, you can close File Explorer if you like.

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OPTION TWO

Add or Remove Items in All apps for New Accounts


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

When you add a new account to your PC, its All apps will be created to include the items in this option and Option Three below listed in it.


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Copy and paste the folder location below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter to open the folder. (see screenshot below)

C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

3 Do step 4, step 5, and/or step 6 below for what you would like to do.


 4. To Add Shortcuts to All apps for New Users

A) Add shortcut(s) of anything you want in this Programs folder or in any subfolders (groups) you like. The name of this shortcut is what will show alphabetically in All apps. Go to step 7 below.​


 5. To Add Groups (folders) to All apps for New Users

Added folders must contain at least two shortcuts with at least one of these shortcuts not already on the All apps list for the folder to show on the All apps list.


A) Create a new folder in this Programs folder with any name you want. The name of this folder is what will show alphabetically in All apps.​

B) Add shortcut(s) of anything you want in the new folder, and go to step 7 below.​


 6. To Remove Groups (folders) or Shortcuts from All apps for New Users

A) Delete any shortcuts or subfolders (groups) you want in this Programs folder.​

7 Repeat step 3 above if you would like to add anything else to All apps.

8 When finished, you can close File Explorer if you like.

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OPTION THREE

Add or Remove Items in All apps for All Accounts


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Copy and paste the folder location below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter to open the folder. (see screenshot below)

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

3 Do step 4, step 5, and/or step 6 below for what you would like to do.


 4. To Add Shortcuts to All apps for All Users

A) Add shortcut(s) of anything you want in this Programs folder or in any subfolders (groups) you like. The name of this shortcut is what will show alphabetically in All apps. Go to step 7 below.​


 5. To Add Groups (folders) to All apps for All Users

Added folders must contain at least two shortcuts with at least one of these shortcuts not already on the All apps list for the folder to show on the All apps list.


A) Create a new folder in this Programs folder with any name you want. The name of this folder is what will show alphabetically in All apps.​

B) Add shortcut(s) of anything you want in the new folder, and go to step 7 below.​


 6. To Remove Groups (folders) or Shortcuts from All apps for All Users

A) Delete any shortcuts or subfolders (groups) you want in this Programs folder.​

7 Repeat step 3 above if you would like to add anything else to All apps.

8 When finished, you can close File Explorer if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink

 

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