Start11 adds new taskbar experience and lets you ungroup apps in latest update

Start 11 Beta March
Start 11 Beta March (Image credit: Stardock)

What you need to know

  • Stardock just released v1.3 of Start11, a tool that allows PC owners to customize the Start menu.
  • The latest version of Start11 includes a rebuilt taskbar that supports ungrouping items.
  • The update also improves multi-monitor support for the taskbar by letting you define window groupings on secondary monitors.

A new version of Start11 adds several new options for organizing programs on the taskbar. The program now lets you ungroup windows on the taskbar and supports keeping application icons centered while moving the Start button to the left of the screen. You can now drag a file to an open app in the taskbar to open the file.

Here's the complete changelog, as outlined by Stardock:

  • All new taskbar experience that allows you to ungroup windows on the taskbar in Windows 11.
  • New option to left-align the Start button but keep application icons centered while grouped or ungrouped.
  • Ability to drag a file to an open app on the taskbar and have it open the file.
  • Enhanced multi-monitor taskbar support to independently define window grouping on secondary monitors.
  • Ability to resize the taskbar to increase its height – great for users with lots of app running.

"The new taskbar features are designed to deliver functionality from previous versions of Windows but make them look and feel native to Windows 11," said VP and GM of Stardock Brad Sams. "With our new taskbar experience, we have created a foundation for bringing additional functionality to Windows 11 to further our mission to make Windows more personal and productive."

You can download the most recent version of Start11 by logging in to your Stardock account and checking the "My Downloads" section.

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Start11 (opens in new tab)

This program lets you customize the Windows 11 Start menu, taskbar, and other elements of the operating system.

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3 Comments
  • I'm glad someone did it, even if MS shouldn't have taken the option away in the first place.
  • Does Windows Central have stakes in this app? No other app seems to get quite as much promotion as Start11...
  • Now they just need to add it to the Windows store.