How to Pin and Unpin Apps in Windows 11 Start Menu

Windows 11’s Start menu now lets you pin your favorite apps and unpin those not needed. Here’s how to pin and unpin apps in Windows 11 Start menu.

The Windows 11 Start menu has changed a lot compared to Windows 10. Though the live tiles are no longer available, the new Start menu is pretty neat and usable. Not to mention, the user interface uplift is much more consistent and pleasing to the eyes.

Generally, the Windows 11 Start menu has four sections overall. They are the search bar, pinned apps, recommended apps and files, & an account, library folders, and power options bar. Overall, the new Start menu is pretty busy while not being messy yet providing essential functionality.

In the Start menu’s pinned apps section, you can pin your favorite apps and remove the ones you don’t need. This functionality is similar to the one you find in Windows 10. As you can guess, the pinned apps section helps you find and open your favorite apps a bit more quickly. Pinning removes the need to search for the target app every time you want to open it. Of course, if there is an app you don’t need in the pinned apps section, you can unpin it from the Windows 11 Start menu.

Without further ado, this Windows 11 guide will show how to pin apps to the Start menu and unpin apps from the Start menu.

How to pin apps to the Start menu in Windows 11

To pin apps to the Start menu in Windows 11, follow the steps given below.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search for the app you want to pin.
  3. Right-click on the app.
  4. Select the “Pin to Start” option.
  5. The app is pinned to the Start menu.

Detailed steps:

The first thing to do is open the Start menu. Press the Start key on your keyboard or click on the Start icon on the taskbar. Next, search for the app you want to pin to the Start menu. After that, right-click on the app and select the “Pin to Start” option.

pin apps to Start menu in Windows 11

The target app is pinned to the Windows 11 Start menu when you select the Pin to Start option.

app pinned to Start menu in Windows 11

By default, the app is pinned at the end of the pinned apps list. If needed, you can drag the app icon to the position you like. For example, I wanted to place the pinned app first, so I dragged it there.

change app icon position in pinned apps list in Windows 11

It is that simple to pin apps to the Start menu in Windows 11. Keep in mind that the Start menu only displays 18 app icons at once. If you pin more than 18 apps, you have to scroll the pinned apps list to find the app you are looking for.

How to unpin apps from Windows 11 Start menu

To unpin an app from the Start menu in Windows 11, follow the steps given menu.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Right-click on the app you want to unpin.
  3. Select the “Unpin from the start” option.
  4. The app is immediately unpinned from the Start menu.
unpin app from the Start menu in Windows 11

As soon as the app is unpinned, the remaining apps will immediately take over the space, so there is no unnecessary gap between apps. If you ever want to pin an app again, follow the “how to pin apps to Start menu in Windows 11” section.

app unpinned from the Windows 11 Start menu

That is all. It is that simple to pin and unpin apps in Windows 11 Start menu.

I hope that helps.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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