General Group Pinned Apps into Folders on Start Menu in Windows 11


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

The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, you can now customize your pinned apps on the Start menu by organizing them into folders. You can add more apps to a folder, rearrange apps within a folder, and remove apps from a folder.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22567, when you hover one pinned app icon over another, there will now be a small animation to hint that this will create a folder.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22579, you can now name your folders of apps in Start.

This tutorial will show you how to organize and group your pinned apps on the Start menu into folders for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Create Folder in Pinned apps area on Start menu
  • Option Two: Add Apps to Folder in Pinned apps area on Start menu
  • Option Three: Rearrange Apps within Folder in Pinned apps area on Start menu
  • Option Four: Remove Apps from Folder in Pinned apps area on Start menu
  • Option Five: Remove Folder in Pinned apps area on Start menu


EXAMPLE: Folders in the pinned apps area on Start

Start-Folders.jpg





Option One

Create Folder in Pinned apps area on Start menu


1 Open the Start menu :win:.

2 Drag and drop a pinned app you want in the folder on top of another pinned app you want to group in the same folder. (see screenshot below)

Create_folder_on_Start.jpg





Option Two

Add Apps to Folder in Pinned apps area on Start menu


1 Open the Start menu :win:.

2 Drag and drop a pinned app you want to add to a folder on top of the folder. (see screenshot below)

Add_app_to_folder_on_Start.jpg





Option Three

Rearrange Apps within Folder in Pinned apps area on Start menu


1 Open the Start menu :win:.

2 Click/tap on a folder you want to rearrange apps in. (see screenshots below)

3 Drag and drop apps in the folder to where you want inside the folder to rearrange them.

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Rearrange_apps_in_folder.jpg
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Option Four

Remove Apps from Folder in Pinned apps area on Start menu


1 Open the Start menu :win:.

2 Click/tap on a folder you want to remove an app from to open the folder. (see screenshots below)

3 Drag and drop an app from the folder to where you want in the Pinned apps area on the Start menu.

Remove_app_from_folder_on_Start-1.jpg
Remove_app_from_folder_on_Start-2.jpg





Option Five

Remove Folder in Pinned apps area on Start menu


1 Open the Start menu :win:.

2 Click/tap on a folder you want to remove to open the folder.

3 Drag and drop all apps in the folder to where you want in the Pinned apps area on the Start menu.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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can't seem to get this to work----when I drag a pinned app over another they simply change places....
What am I missing here
 

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Shame you can't name the groups
 

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Shame you can't name the groups

It's a coming soon feature. :)

"Keep an eye out for further improvements like the ability to name and rename folders in one of our upcoming builds."
 

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Hello Lou, :)

This feature is not available until build 22557.
OK that's just embarrassing---now I can't read!!!
Thank you for setting me straight
 

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