How to Create App Folders in Windows 11 (2022) Start Menu

Windows 11 22H2 update is coming for all users in October 2022 and brings a long list of features. Of all the new features in Windows 11 22H2, the ability to create app folders in the Start menu is one of the best additions to Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system. This was one of the main issues faced by users who upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11, and it is being fixed. In fact, Microsoft is also working on an upcoming Windows 11 feature that lets you create app folders on the desktop. It’s cool, right? Nevertheless, in this article, we are going to learn how to group apps into a Start menu folder.

In this tutorial, we’ve included steps for creating app folders in the Windows 11 Start menu, as well as steps for naming app folders and deleting them. On that note, let’s get started.

To note: To create application folders in the Windows 11 Start menu, you must be on the Release preview channel (Build 22621 or higher). Currently, the app folder feature only works for Windows Insider. General users will receive app folder functionality in October 2022 as part of Windows 11 22H2 update.

That said, here are the steps to create app folders in the Windows 11 Start menu:

1. To get started, you must first open start menu. To do this, press the Windows key or click the Windows icon in the taskbar.

Create Application Folders in Windows 11 (2022) Start Menu

2. Before creating an application folder, you need to go to the “All Apps” in the Start menu and “Pin to Start” all the apps you want to combine into one folder.

How to Create App Folders in Windows 11 Start Menu

3. Then you can drag an app onto another app to instantly create an app folder in Windows 11. You can drag more than 12 apps into a folder if you want, but it will expand into a drop-down interface.

How to Create App Folders in Windows 11 Start Menu

1. You can also label an application folder in the Start menu. Just open the folder and click on the “Change name” option on the top and rename the app folder.

Create Application Folders in Windows 11 (2022) Start Menu

2. That’s it! Labeled application folders in the Windows 11 Start menu.

Rename the application folder in the start menu

Now, the functionality seems rudimentary right now because there’s no direct way to add or remove programs from app folders. To delete apps, you must delete each one individually and cannot delete the folder directly. Here’s how it works:

1. For delete an application folderDrag all apps out of the folder.

delete application group

2. Finally, the application folder in the start menu will be deleted.

delete app folder

Overall, Windows 11’s app folder functionality seems lacking and needs more attention. Microsoft should make it easier to add or remove apps from the folder before releasing the feature in Windows 11 22H2.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. How do I create application folders in the Windows 11 Start menu?

Open the Start menu and drag an app onto another app to create an app folder in Windows 11. You can follow our step-by-step tutorial for detailed instructions.

Q. How many apps can you add to the app folders in the Windows 11 Start menu?

You can add as many apps as you want. In the standard interface, the apps folder supports up to 12 apps, and if you add more apps, it expands into a drop-down interface.

Q. I can’t create app folders in Windows 11. Why?

The feature is currently only available to Windows 11 Insider users in the Release Preview channel. In October 2022, Windows 11 22H2 update will be available for everyone, then general users can use this feature.

This is how you can group apps into a Windows 11 Start menu folder. You can create multiple app folders for productivity, office tools, music, work, and more. Windows 11 apps folder feature is not similar to Windows 10 and has smaller preview space, but it works nonetheless. Anyway, that’s it for this guide. If you want to add live tiles to your Windows 11 desktop, you can do so with a third-party application. And to further customize the Windows 11 Start menu, follow our linked article. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.