The Start Menu Is Getting a Makeover in Windows 11 Insider Build (22509): What’s New

The new Windows 11 Insider Build (22509) includes a new Start menu update. Here is what we currently know.

After a chaotic Windows 11 launch and a series of updates aimed at resolving the number of faults left behind, Microsoft has returned and kicked off the month with another upgrade.

This time around, with the introduction of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22509, Microsoft has concentrated its efforts on upgrading the Start menu bar, among other things. This article will describe the changes to the Start menu that have occurred as a result of this upgrade.

Microsoft has faced a criticism following the release of Windows 11. Whether it was due to design modifications or a chaotic launch, the abrupt changes have left many upset, with some even questioning whether the transfer would be worthwhile. Is the latest update a means of venting one’s rage? Perhaps! However, here is what we do know for certain.

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The latest Windows 11 update, Build 22509, includes the ability to expand the Start menu’s “pins” or “recommendations.” And how do you accomplish this? To access the Start menu, click the Start button or press the Windows key on your keyboard. Then, right-click anywhere within the Start menu panel and choose Start settings.

You may then select More pins or More recommendations to display an additional row of hooks or ideas. Additionally, take in mind that this usually expands the Start menu bar.

Apart from allowing users more leeway with the size of the Start menu, Microsoft has pushed for a number of additional improvements. For example, the taskbar will now display the date and time on your secondary monitors.

Microsoft also published the latest Cumulative Update Build 22509.101 a few days following this announcement (KB5008918). While this update does not contribute anything new to the Version 22509 build, its significance cannot be overstated as it validates the servicing pipeline for Dev channel figures.

The New Windows 11 Update 22509
Microsoft’s new improvements to the Start menu bar are a nice development. Consider them as an additional layer of polish on top of the radical redesign brought about by Windows 11.

Microsoft is likely to release other upgrades of this nature in the coming weeks. While the current makeover has improved significantly from the early, historic days of Windows 10, there is still much room for improvement in terms of UI and functionality.