Don’t like Windows 11? These settings make it more like Windows 10

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Using Windows 11, but missing Windows 10?

If you made the leap to Windows 11you will find a lot of new features to discover — from a simplified interface to the possibility of download android apps. Windows 11 began a phased rollout in October, but Microsoft said the company is ahead of completing its initial rollout in mid-2022. That said, Windows 11 departs from the familiar Windows look and feel, and you might find yourself wishing some things still worked the way they did in Windows 10. ($143 on Amazon).

If you like having the Start menu on the left or always decide to have the Widgets button on the taskbar, a few simple changes can bring back the Windows 10 feel a bit.

Here’s how to make Windows 11 look more like Windows 10, from a few simple tweaks to a bigger tweak that requires some technical know-how. To learn more about Windows 11, here’s how change your default search engine in Edge and other browsers. If you are curious, here is what else has changed since windows 10, what we wished had been included and how you can get the new operating system.

Move the Start menu to the left

It’s worth saying that Microsoft doesn’t currently offer a way to make Windows 11’s Start menu look exactly like Windows 10’s. But you can get close. If you liked having the Start menu and taskbar on the left side of Windows 10, you can quickly move it to Windows 11. Here’s how:

1. Go to Settings and over to the left, choose Personalization.

2. Scroll down and choose Taskbar options.

3. At the bottom choose Taskbar behaviors.

4. To the right of Taskbar Alignment, from the drop-down menu, choose Left.

This should move the taskbar and Start menu to the lower left corner of your screen. Note that you can’t move to the far right, just back to center, if you change your mind.

Add items to items that were in Windows 10 Action Center

Windows 11 takes the items that used to be part of the Action Center – that area of ​​Windows 10 where you received notifications and had quick access to actions – and puts them in either a notification center and a quick settings panel at the far right of the taskbar. Here you can find settings and notifications for commonly used apps. If you want to restore items you had in the Windows 10 Action Center, you can add them to the new panel. Here’s how.

1. Press the network, volume and battery icon on the right side of the taskbar.

2. At the bottom of the pane, tap the pencil icon then press Add.

3. Add elements to the panel, including night light and keyboard layout.

You can control notifications from apps and other senders by going to Settingsby choosing System then choosing Opinion.

Remove the Widgets button from the taskbar

Undecided about Windows 11 Widgets or the Widgets button, which takes up space in the taskbar? It’s easy to get rid of the pimple.

On the taskbar, right-click Widget button in your taskbar and select Hide from taskbar.

Note that if you want to get rid of the Chat button to the right of Widgets, you can do the same for this button.

Do you miss the Windows 10 wallpaper?

If you want to see Windows 10 wallpaper on your Windows 11 desktop, that is also possible.

You can head to Microsoft Repository to find a suitable wallpaper for Windows 10, or do a quick Google search for “windows 10 original wallpaper” to find a site like Access to wallpaper which has Windows 10 backgrounds.

Recover full context menus

Windows 11 seems to have streamlined everything, including context menus. If you want to see all of your choices when you right-click on something, here’s how to do it, thanks to Tom’s gear. Note that this requires the use of the Registry Editor, which is not for everyone. Make sure you have a current backup or created a system restore point before proceeding.

1. In the Start menu, search for “Registry Editor”. Press to open, then press Yes allow it to make changes to your device.

2. In the left pane, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWARECLASSESCLSID. (You can also search with Ctrl+F.)

3. Right-click in the right pane and select New > Key. It should be under CLSID. Name the new registry key {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} .

4. Right-click again in the right pane, select New > Key. It should be under {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}. Name this new registry key InprocServer32.

5. Open the key (default) in InprocServer32 and make sure its value is set to empty. Click on Okay.

6. Now close Registry Editor and reboot.

If it worked, you should have your full context menus back. If you’d rather stick with the shorter menu style of Windows 11, go back into Registry Editor, delete the InProc32 key, and reboot. Or perhaps easier, just go back to the system restore point you set before making your changes.

Want to customize the taskbar?

You can move the taskbar to the left (see above), but want to move it somewhere else or reduce the size of the icons or see the labels? Microsoft doesn’t let you do this yet in Windows 11. You also can’t drag and drop items onto the taskbar, though we are talking Microsoft may add only in a future version.

You can, however, pin an app to the taskbar to restore the apps you had on your Windows 10 taskbar. When the app is running, right-click its button on the taskbar and choose Pin to taskbar.

To find out more, here our favorite Windows 11 features, what we know about running android apps on windows 11 and how to see whether your PC can run Windows 11.

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