In Windows 11, the Start menu has been completely revised: it is simple and minimalist but does not – by default – give access to certain components and user folders as we used to in Windows 10 and previous versions of Windows.
Fortunately, Microsoft has added customization options in Settings that allow you to add shortcuts to the Windows 11 Start menu: it is thus possible to activate shortcuts to user folders (Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos and Downloads ) and also to certain components (Settings, File Explorer, Network and Personal Folder).
Do you want to have access to your Documents, Downloads, etc. and some components in the Start menu as before? In this tutorial, we will see how to add shortcuts to the Windows 11 Start menu.
Add shortcuts to the Windows 11 Start menu
To add shortcuts to the Windows 11 Start menu, follow these instructions:
- Open Settings.
- Click Customize > Start .
- Click Folders.
- Toggle the switch to On opposite the folders and components you want to view and add to the left of the Power button on the Start menu.
- The shortcuts you added now appear in the Windows 11 Start menu.
Congratulation! You have added shortcuts to folders in the Windows 11 Start menu.