How to move Windows 11 start menu to the left

One of the biggest visual changes introduced in Windows 11 is the position of the start menu, that was shifted from the left to the middle of the taskbar.

The position of the start menu had not change since it was originally introduced in Windows 95 and it might be hard for old school users to get used to the new location.

Windows 11 left start menu

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How to make file extensions visible in Windows 11

Every clean installation of Windows requires some level of customization to adjust the operating system to the user needs. One of the first things I usually do is make the file extensions visible and with Windows 11 it was no different.

With Windows 10 the option to make the extensions visible was available from the explorer window context but with the more minimalistic Windows 11 layout this setting is only available in the folder options like what happened in older versions of Windows.

Show Windows 11 file extensions

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How to install the first Windows 11 build

June 28th, 2021 will be in the history books as the day Microsoft released the first Windows 11 build for all Windows Insiders in the Dev channel.

If you would like to test the new version of Windows now you can even if your computer does not meet all the requirements originally announced by Microsoft as this build has been extended to more CPU families and does not include the TPM 2.0.

Get started with Windows 11

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I am a Windows Insider MVP

What a fantastic way to start the year! Last Friday I received the news that I had been awarded Windows Insider MVP.

This is my first award in the Windows category, and I am very honored to be recognized as MVP twice by Microsoft as I continue to be an Office Development MVP.

Thanks to everyone that helped me to achieve this milestone.

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Boost your productivity with Windows 10 and the new Edge

Windows 10 and the new Microsoft Edge browser are better together, and the latest builds of both products bring a set of new features that will boost your productivity.

The features described in this article are available on Windows 10 Build 19042.421 and on Microsoft Edge Dev or Canary which means that if you are trying to test it in October 2020 you must be a Windows Insider. If you are not yet an Insider check out the article and discover how to become one.

Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge productivity

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Discover the Microsoft alternatives to the File Explorer for Windows 10

File explorer is one of the intrinsic features of Windows since version 1 and Microsoft has been evolving it on each release making it better and more power full.

Now with Windows 10, Microsoft offers two alternatives to the file explorer that you can use to manage your files in your system effectively or simply to have fun.

Let’s check how they look like.

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PowerToys – The Windows 10 super powers

If you are old enough the name PowerToys may sound familiar! PowerToys are a set of tools that bring extra features to Microsoft operating system, originally released for Windows 95 it was also available for Windows XP.

Almost 20 years after their last appearance Microsoft brought back the PowerToys to Windows 10 and with it you will be able to do your tasks faster.

Windows 10 PowerToys

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How to update Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows Mobile 10

Windows Phone 8.1 store was closed on December 16 2019 which means that you no longer can download apps for this operating system or update it to Windows Mobile 10 using the upgrade advisor app.

The upgrade advisor app was the official way install Windows Mobile 10 in supported phones but when you try to connect to the store using a Windows Phone device to download it, you will see the following message:

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I've been working with Microsoft Technologies over the last ten years, mainly focused on creating collaboration and productivity solutions that drive the adoption of Microsoft Modern Workplace.