How to Group Apps in Folders on the Start Menu in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to group apps into folders on the Start menu in Windows 11. The Start menu in Windows 11 has three sections: PinnedAll apps and Recommended – which contains list of recently used or opened apps.

The Start menu also has shortcuts to settings, files and other apps. By default, there are some apps that are pinned to the Pinned section. These includes Edge, Mail, Microsoft Store and few other Windows apps.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, one can now organize pinned apps on the Start menu and group them into folders, similarly to your mobile devices. You can add/remove apps from group in folders, rearrange them within folders, and delete an entire folder if you wish.

At this moment, this feature only available to computer enrolled in Microsoft Insider Preview program, in the BETA channel. For all other computers, they must wait until it is released to machines.

How to group apps in folder on the start menu in Windows 11

As mentioned above, one can now organize pinned apps on the Start menu and group them into folders, similarly to your mobile devices with Windows 11 build 22557.

If your computer is enrolled in Microsoft Insider Preview program, you should be able to update and start using apps grouping on the Start menu.

When you group apps in folders, they should look similar to the screen below.

start menu grouping in windows 11

So, to group apps in folders, simply select a pinned app and drag it next to another pinned apps you want to the same folder.

windows 11 dragging app to group in folders

Once the apps are together, a grouping folder will automatically be created. When groups are created, you can rearrange them by selecting the folder and moving it to where you want on the Start menu, remove apps from groups and more.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

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