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How to customize your Windows 11 with the Registry editor

Windows 10 has been one of the most discussed Operating System versions lately, and with the release of Windows 11, we are getting closer to the final version of Windows. This means that the Registry Editor has been updated to support Windows 11, and one of its major features is to allow to customize the look and feel of the OS.

Computer users have been able to make changes to their computers with the help of the Windows Registry Editor for many years. The registry editor was first introduced in Windows 3.1 and has since been improved in every version of Windows. While the tool was initially a power user tool, accessible only to advanced users, it’s now a standard tool used by most Windows users.

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  • As the certified version of Windows 11 comes to an end, users are looking for ways to improve their experience with the operating system.
  • These registry hacks allow you to customize certain elements of the user interface to suit your preferences and needs.
  • You can also enable or disable the Windows 11 Snap Assist context menu with these registry changes.
  • In this article, you will find the steps to follow to execute these commands correctly.

As Windows 11 nears launch, many users are trying to get ahead of the launch by finding every possible way to improve or upgrade their operating system.

Note that the other new registry entries will not show any noticeable behavior. The main reason is that this leaked version of Windows 11 is just a taste of the new operating system.

Registry hacks for Windows 11 user interface elements

After the release of the new build of the operating system, many users liked the start menu of Windows 11, while others didn’t really like the changes and wanted to go back to the Windows 10 version.

You should know that Microsoft has added a Start_ShowClassicMode registry value that allows users to enable the so-called classic mode that uses the Windows 10 Start menu.

To modify this registry value, you must create a 32-bit DWORD value named Start_ShowClassicMode at the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced Start_ShowClassicMode

The possible 32-bit DWORD parameters for the value Start_ShowClassicMode are as follows:

0 = Use the new Windows 11 Start menu
1 = Enable the classic Windows 10 Start menu

Another change that bothers users is the size of the taskbar, which for many is too small or too big.

When setting the TaskbarSi value, users can specify whether they want to display a small, medium, or large taskbar.

If you want to change this registry value, create a 32-bit DWORD value named TaskbarSi in the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoft WindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced TaskbarSi

The possible 32-bit DWORD parameters for the value TaskbarSi are as follows:

0 = Small
1 = Medium
2 = Large

In case you didn’t know: Windows 11 offers the option to center or left-align the Start button and docked programs in the taskbar.

To control the orientation of the taskbar in Windows 11, Microsoft has introduced a new registry value TaskbarAl. Modifying this registry value creates a 32-bit DWORD value named TaskbarAl in the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoft WindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedTaskbarAl

However, it is possible to make almost similar changes to the Windows 11 Start menu without using these registry changes. For more information, read our detailed article.

Enable or disable Windows 11 Snap Assist

Microsoft’s new operating system introduces a newly designed Snap Assist feature that pops up a pop-up window with four predefined Windows Snap layouts when you hover over the Maximize button.

If you only want to disable this feature, or if you have already disabled it and want it back, the registration command is as follows:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced EnableSnapAssistFlyout

The possible 32-bit DWORD parameters for the EnableSnapAssistFlyout value are as follows:

0 = Disable
1 = Enable

Also remember that you will need to restart your computer for the changes made with these registry tricks to take effect.

What do you think of the leaked version of Windows 11 so far? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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