Microsoft has released a new version of Windows 11 on Dev and Beta channels that introduces several group policies that IT admins can use to modify the Start menu, taskbar, and system tray.
Windows 11 build 22610 was recently made available in the Dev and Beta channels of the Windows Insider testing program. This is a version that does not bring much new to the system, but there are a lot of small improvements. Probably the biggest addition is the improved Group Policy Editor, which now lets you more easily change Start menu and taskbar settings. Microsoft had already allowed its users to modify the Start menu a few months ago, but now the company wants to go even further.
For those unfamiliar with this feature, the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is a tool that has been around for a long time on Windows that allows you to modify certain interface elements. In the new update, the Group Policy Editor can be used to bring a number of changes to how the Start menu, taskbar, and operating system work.
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You’ll soon be able to remove apps from the Start menu
According to Microsoft, here’s everything you can do with the new group policy editor :
- Hide the “All Apps” area from the Start menu;
- Hide the “Recommendations” area of the Start menu;
- Block customization of shortcuts attached to the Start menu;
- Hide the taskbar task view;
- Disable taskbar notification center;
- Disable the search bar in the start menu or taskbar.
As you will have understood, thanks to the group policy editor, it will be possible to obtain a very refined Start menu. Indeed, it is possible to remove all the applications displayed, and even the search bar at the very top.
In addition to enable IT admins to simplify their Windows 11 experienceMicrosoft’s latest Insider Preview Build also includes a number of changes and fixes for known issues.