Windows 11 isn’t perfect out of the box – no software is. Customizing it to make it your own can be the difference between an acceptable user experience and an exceptional one. Here are some of our favorite registry hacks for Windows 11 that you should try.
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Windows 11 has significantly changed the right-click context menu. It is arguably the most significant revision between two versions of Windows since the introduction of this feature.
Not everyone likes it – changing classic features like copy, paste and rename text options to icons after several decades has been met with mixed reviews.
However, a quick registry hack will allow you to revert to the good old right-click context menu.
If you have an app that you use all the time, or just want it in the right-click menu, there’s a registry hack for that too. This trick can be combined very well with the previous one, since the applications you add with this trick appear in the “Show more options” submenu of Windows 11.
Change taskbar size
Three taskbar sizes for Windows 11
You can resize the taskbar by rescaling your entire user interface, but this also affects the size of icons and text. What if you want to change the taskbar size without changing everything else on your system?
Again, here’s a registry hack for that. You can make your taskbar larger or smaller by changing a single value.
The Windows 11 taskbar at the top of the screen.
The taskbar is traditionally located at the bottom of the screen, but ever since there are taskbars, people have always wanted to move them.
Windows 11 doesn’t support moving the taskbar at all: you can change the location of the Start button, which goes from the left side of the screen to the center, but that’s the full extent of your customization options.
Fortunately, you can still move the taskbar to the top of the screen with a registry tweak. Unfortunately, it is not possible to move it to the left or right of the screen without the help of third-party programs, despite the compelling reasons to allow it. There is an entry in the Windows registry that allows the taskbar to be placed to the left or right of the screen, but it does not work.
Disable lock screen
Windows 11 lock screen.
The lock screen can display custom images or images from Windows Spotlight – it’s a nice way to personalize your PC, but what if you don’t want this at all? The lock screen requires an extra click or keystroke before you can login to your PC.
We’ve got the registry hack for you if you want to be able to type your PIN or password right away. Setting “NoLockScreen” to 1, completely disables the lock screen. You can edit the registry yourself or use the included REG files.
Remove Bing Search from the start menu.
The Start menu contains an extremely practical search function. You don’t even have to type in the search bar, just open the start menu, start typing and presto, you’re searching your Windows PC.
Sure, the vast majority of the times you use the search feature you’re only looking for local content, so why are there so many extra Bing results cluttering things up?
Don’t worry, you can kick Bing out of your Start menu permanently with a registry hack. Just set “DisableSearchBoxSuggestions” to 1 and you won’t get any more online results.
Remove Action & Notification Center
A red “X” on the notification center.
Windows 11 has drastically changed some of the most common elements of the Windows user interface. The right-click menu, start menu, taskbar, Settings app, and action and notification centers have all been revised.
Maybe you don’t want a big popup with all your notifications on the side of your screen, maybe you don’t like the look of it. Whatever the reason, you can disable Action & Notification Center using a registry edit.
Hide the “System Requirements Not Met” message (Insider only)
Windows 11 has pretty strict hardware requirements – they’ve been controversial since the time they were announced. The situation is further complicated by the fact that Microsoft has changed the hardware requirements a handful of times since the release of Windows 11.
In March 2022, a message appeared in Windows 11 Insider Previews warning users that their computers do not meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11. This message has not reached all other users yet, but it probably will one day. As of May 2022, the message can be easily disabled with a quick registry hack.
Windows 11 doesn’t have as many fun or useful registry tricks as Windows 10, but it’s also a lot newer. As Microsoft continues to tweak and update Windows 11, chances are new registry hacks will appear.