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Start11 1.1 Release

  • Updated S11 1.1 to be 1.1.0.1
  • Fix for horizontal wheel mouse swapping pages in the wrong direction
  • Fixed too small icons on Win11 style (in all lists & search, just less obvious on main page as icons bigger)
  • Fixes for issues found by QA before Christmas (1.05 issues)
  • A fix for open file location not working for all shortcuts for one user
  • You can now rearrange fences groups and set icon size (win10 style) and it gets saved.
  • Also added option to lock icon positions in win10/11 menus (right click menu)
  • Fixed folder group icons being wrong size sometimes for Win11 menu style
  • Stopped you being able to drag icons into fences group from win 10 menu all apps list
  • This fixes some crashes with some edge cases
  • Makes search add priority to items you have pinned
  • Auto pins and unpins things when you use the OS pin to start option (may take a few seconds) plus unpins from OS menu if you unpin from S11 (Win10/11 menus only)
  • Adds in option to show Fences on the S11 Win10/11 menus
  • Improves performance of folder expansion animation and fixes deadlock potential issue with that
  • Removes items pinned when the user uninstalls the app (Universal apps ONLY - Win10/11 menu only too)
  • Fixes for some issues with the new folder groups such as not deleting when the last item was removed
  • Fixes for not scaling the mini icons with icon scaling options
  • Fixed missing icons for Minesweeper
  • Made it insert new group in Win10 mode in the right column if one is missing
  • Fixed too small icons on Win11 menu all apps list
  • New: Win10 and Win11 styles now support folders. You drag an icon over another icon holding down the shift key to combine them. You can also right click on the menu and pick the option to pretend shift is down in order to achieve this should you have no keyboard (say touch device).
    • We are not doing this like Microsoft as the Microsoft method of combining things all too often turns into chasing the target around the menu as there is natural confusion between put this icon here and make a group/folder.
  • New: Win10 and Win11 styles now offer a right click Icon submenu when you right click on an icon. This lets you pick a custom image which will replace the icon. Images should be square for Win11 styles and small, medium and large tile sizes on Win10 and 2:1 on Wide tiles
  • New: On the very first run of Start11 on a Win10 install, the existing Win10 menu will be imported for the Win10 style including folders. This will not happen for existing customers but if they wish they can import theirs by going into the registry and deleting the following keys and rebooting. Items which do not actually exist locally but are MS advertising for apps will not be imported.
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Stardock\Start8\Start8.ini\GroupContents
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Stardock\Start8\Start8.ini\Groups
    • and deleting this key:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Stardock\Start8\Start8.ini\Start8\CreatePinned10
  • Fixed issue with recent apps list having a network location in it which is not accessible causing Win11 menu to appear blank for prolonged period
  • Mouseover correctly shows on Win10 tiles now when they use a tile image
  • Surplus line at the bottom of the W7/Modern styles when in non rounded mode resolved
  • Tweaks to experimental tile and Universal app icon loading to better handle apps with different icons for light/dark mode
  • Added refresh icons option to Win10/11 menus to refresh icons should the user have changed icons via a tile editing app or due to OS icon cache changes
  • Reduced gap between groups on Win11 menu when icon sizes are smaller vs having a fixed size
  • Added option to Win11 style to load up tile images
Release discussion

Start11 1.01 Release

  • Fix for right arrow after menu opening now goes to shutdown in Win7 style menu rather than the right-hand list in error.
  • Option to force the menu to align to the exact middle regardless of where the start button is
  • Ensured Win+ and Win- when not using S11 search do not cause search to appear (hotkeys for magnifier)
  • Correctly handle OS setting for always show scrollbars
  • Option to remove things from recent documents list on Win11 menu
  • Added option to hide text on a group on Win10 menu as we do on Win11 menu
  • Added smooth scrolling for low precision wheel mice in config
  • Added new strings to en.lng and en-us.lng
  • Fix for performance issues with animations,
  • Smoother scrolling with low precision mouse wheels
  • Holding down Winkey and launching things will now let you open more than one thing
  • Some fixes to experimental tile support
  • Added in some options in the Win10 menu settings for tile support and some user requested options.
  • Fix for ctrl + shift + launch opening apps as admin when run from search and also for universal apps
  • Resolved Start11_64.exe warning on uninstall.  Also removed Start10.exe that was being left behind
  • Updated license_sas.txt to include Chromium Authors
Release discussion

Start11 1.0 Release

  • Changed new to count as 2 days old not 14 for newly installed apps on Win10/11 menus
  • Made expanding sections in config menu have a more obvious arrow
  • Added indicator line on left side of config sections which have action on click (switch to new page or expand section)
  • Added missing offset mode on Win10 (offset only when centered start button)
  • Fixed issue with link in search results to webc search showing blank search when launched via keyboard vs mouse
  • Removed universal applications link from Win10/11 menus as relied on Win7/Modern menu having been run at least once in the current session (may come back in future)
  • UI tweak to workaround MS issue with Chinese font substitutions
  • Fixed search not factoring in date for files when generating sort order
  • Start buttons that are too small for the current dpi will now be scaled up
  • Fixed an issue with custom start button on Win11 opening up MS start menu if you clicked to the very right of it
  • Added some missing strings to ENG / ENG US lng files
  • Fixed issue with missing Run as administrator option for some apps
  • Fixed issue with precision touchpads and scrolling again
  • Fixed missing lookup for "Advanced" text in the config screen
  • Fixed missing lookup for Pin to taskbar and Unpin from taskbar in right-click menu
  • Fixed issue with autohide taskbar on Win11 sometimes making menu open and instantly close if you click on the start button
  • Fixed issue with being able to have folder and item mouseovered in all apps list
  • Found problem with Stardock Curtains and Start11 centre taskbar options. An update to Curtains is planned to resolve this.
  • Fixed issue with VS2019 tiles (when in experimental tile mode) being blank
  • Fixed it so you can scroll the Win10 list with a wheel mouse whilst dragging items to make positioning icons easier with long lists
  • Fixed an issue with tooltips with & in them showing a _ instead of &
  • Undid a change that removed UndockingDisabled registry key detection
  • Fixed config to detect above setting so settings which apply to Win10 show vs Win11 when on Win11
  • Prevented you from dragging things into the recent apps list on Win11 menu
  • Possible fix for installer non-western language issues reported in: https://forums.stardock.com/507879/page/1/#3823902

Start11 Release Candidate 4

  • Painting performance improvements
  • Folders with Chinese names should now sort the same way as applications in all apps list
  • Win10 style full screen now aligns tiles top. The old behavior can be enabled by setting the registry key (REG_SZ - needs creating) OffsetFullScreen10 to 1
  • Put in the fix for MS news and interests taskbar button causing loss of focus for Startmenu sometimes which was missing in S11 vs S10
  • Fixed an issue with lists sometimes showing scrolled completely off the bottom on first appearance (Win10 menu, all apps list most likely)
  • Fixed needing to click on the start button multiple times to make it open having opened an app from it sometimes using Win10 menu
  • Fixed clicking on the left-hand side of taskbar buttons on Win10 with a vertical taskbar causing start menu to open in error
  • Fixed clicking on left end of taskbar when taskbar is centered on Win11 causing start menu to open in error
  • Tweaks for blank menu on initial open sometimes
  • Fixed missing separator lines on Win7/Modern UI menus sometimes
  • Tweaked taskbar center code on Win10
  • Made changes to avoid a problem if focus is stolen whilst dragging things in the menus

Start11 Release Candidate 3

  • Fixed issue with menu not always positioning correctly when switching between displays of different dpis especially in a stacked configuration
  • Fixed issue with taskbar losing system tray icons on occasion on Win11
  • Implemented tweaks to config UI for making settings more obvious
  • Fixed message box when clicking on one control in the UI
  • Changes : Fixed issue with moving an item back to a previous page in Win11 menu showing error prompt instead of moving the itemAdded in option to move items to next and previous page in Win10 menu, previously only offered moving entire groups
  • Fixed issue with negative window coordinates causing menu to not open or open in the wrong place sometimes
  • Disabled sliding animations on contents of Win10 menu when opening it
  • Fixed issue with switching between displays with different dpis causing Win10 left hand list to repaint incorrectly until mouseover
  • Fixed issue with not closing folders in treeview list and resetting scrolling to the top of the list when you close the menu
  • Disabled experimental tile loading support for Win10 menu as enabled by default in error. This can be enabled via a registry key if you wish
  • Fixed Win10/11 and Win7/Modern menus refreshing contents more often than needed when recent apps are not shown on them
  • Fixed issue with tooltips not always showing on items in Win10 list when in smallest tile size (or when using a custom tile image)
  • Requested installer tweak to fix universal applications expanding menu being blank in some installs
  • Fixed issue with universal apps folder being called Modern UI Applications still on English installs
  • Filtered out Microsoft edge from Universal apps list as defective leftover link in OS
  • Fixed issue with characters which sort before 'a' breaking filter list for Win10/11 style all apps list
  • Improved issue with flicker of menu on screen below active screen (in stacked config) at end of animation
  • Fixed issue with winkey always opening menu on primary display
  • Updated the following languages: German, French, Russian, Portuguese - Brazil, Korean, Spanish, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese -Traditional
  • Fixed issue with Win10 style menu when in hide apps mode not scaling apps / tiles switching bar when changing scale mode
  • Enlarged page switcher bar and increased hotspot size considerably to make clicking on them easier
  • Made it so swipes left / right on precision touchpad act as change page in menus (when the mouse is over the list) or back when in all apps list on Win11 style.
  • Made it so horz wheel mice act as change page in menus
  • Fixed issue with menu style picker at 125% scaling being clipped
  • Fixed issue with app shortcuts not repainting in Win7 style mode after returning from a search
  • Fixed issue with Win10 style all programs list in Win7 style mode painting text as white always
  • Limited max-width of jumplists in menus to ensure menu widths remain sane (Vivaldi browser)
  • Fixed issue with pinning items from Win10 style all programs list when using Win7/Modern style
  • Added prompt about Win10 taskbar left or center-aligned on first run
  • Tweaked config preview to show centered start button when enabled on Win10
  • Added UNINSTALLFULL command line to Start11Config to reset Win11 on top taskbar and taskbar size settings
  • Fixed clicking on color option in menu instead of opening the submenu would open the submenu and then close the entire menu
  • Adjusted sorting of Chinese apps in Win10/11 all apps list
  • Fixed tooltips showing when text already fitted correctly on screen so were redundant
  • Fixed swapping from Win10 fullscreen to Win11 fullscreen resulted in shifting down of menu items incorrectly
  • Fixed auto-hide taskbar + fullscreen mode Win10/11 menus shifting offscreen
  • Disabled dragging to start button to pin items for Win10/11 menus as they did not support this. You can add things for those via right-click menus easier.
  • Fixed pin to Start11 menu option when in Search so it doesn't detect the pin state for Win7 menu when in Win10/11 style.
  • Fixed issue with some universal apps loading up smaller icons than ideal
  • Automatically imports Win11 start menu pinned items on first run (system thats not run prior Start11 versions only) to Win10 and 11 menus
  • Tweaked search folders to be aware of OneDrive
  • Fixed not being able to drag items from all apps in Win10 mode having switched to hide all apps and then back again
  • Fixed dragging outside of list in Win 10 mode not canceling drag correctly and acting as a drop operation
  • Fixed issue with Win10 style pinning always inserting at the start of the list rather than the very end
  • *** Added experimental option for loading up Win10 tile images. Enabled via registry only adding HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Stardock\Start8\Start8.ini\Start8\LoadTiles=1 and signing out and in again.
  • Altered config UI to make taskbar + start button centre options a combo box choice on Win10
  • Added taskbar and start button center options to start button page on Win10
  • Fixed text on "Control what right-clicking on the taskbar does" section on Win10 to not reference Win11
  • Added option for hiding search box in Win11 mode unless in search mode
  • Adjusted US English translation file to say have Center vs Centre now it is using those files
  • Fixed issue with swapped mouse buttons and clicking sometimes
  • Fixed first right-click menu animation being skipped on some machines
  • Tweak to critical section allocations
  • Fixed Win7/Modern style left side being blank if you switched from Win10 style with hide all apps list enabled
  • Fixed all programs being blank on open sometimes when in Win10 mode
  • Fixed an issue with touch on multiple monitors where the start menu would open on the monitor where the mouse was located rather than where the touch input was
  • Fixed issue with recent docs in Win11 menu with long filenames causing wrapping clipping issue
  • Fixed issue with all apps letter search going to the wrong location sometimes when clicked
  • Fixed issue with all apps letter search being able to scroll too far down
  • Fixed issue pressing escape whilst dragging items on menus (Win10/11 styles)
  • Moved Win11 substyles to drop-down box on first screen
  • Fixed issue with loss of focus causing the menu to stop accepting input until it is reopened if dragging was interrupted somehow
  • Fixed issue with dragging Win11 groups sometimes showing an insertion locations saying "Click here to name group"
  • Fixed issue with clicking outside an item and then dragging over an item causing that item to launch
  • Added in the translation files
  • Added option for sub groups on Win11 style menu. The originally created group on the first page cannot be deleted regardless of where you have repositioned it however.
  • Fixed issue with resizing Win11 menu when menu scaling was not set at 100% causing hang of menu
  • Fixed issue with resizing Win11 menu when menu scaling causing a sizing issue on the borders not being resized
  • Sub groups have icon size picker so you can have sub-lists with different icon sizes
  • Added option to hide labels on groups in Win11 mode via right-click menu
  • Added CTRL + LEFT arrow and CTRL + RIGHT arrow to swap pages in page menus
  • Fixed Win10/11 menu losing background texture on resize
  • MS Precision touchpad scrolling should work in the menus now
  • Fixed issue with closing menu when desktop icons were hidden and have mixed dpi and screen res setup
  • Added option to center the start button on Win10 like offered on Windows 11
  • Added in offset only if centered start button for Win10
  • Fixed issue with config showing rounded corners on by default for Windows10 when it was turned off
  • Fixed issue with center taskbar not always working on all monitors on Windows 10
  • Implemented smoother scrolling for non high precision wheel mice in lists
  • Right-click menus on Win11 menu shows highlight clearer
  • Added right click option to pin any file to Win10/11 menus
  • Added right-click option to pin any folder to Win10/11 menus
  • Visual tweak to right-click menus in Win10/11 menus to better space things and add shadows
  • Tweaked down arrow on drop downs on start menu page in settings to be bolder and larger as users missing them
  • Fixed issue where you could resize things so you had no scrollbar but were scrolled down and couldn't scroll back up
  • Win11 menu on close if in all apps list will no longer animate back to the previous page
  • Added compact mode to Win11 menu where border sizes are smaller
  • Added pin to taskbar option from right-click menus in Win10/11 menus
  • Added Win10 compact mode where apps list is hidden
  • Modified Win10 menu sizing to always size to a multiple of the grid size and allow sizing down to no columns
  • Fixed some broken settings icons on Win11 in search
  • Fixed animations for entering and leaving all apps on Win11 menu to be the correct direction
  • Added animations to right-click menus in Win10/11 menus
  • Added option to pick a custom color from a color picker for Win10 tiles if wanted
  • Added option for going to all apps by default (if showing all apps as separate section in Win10) or anytime for Win11
  • Fixed issue with pinning new items on Win10/11 menus not respecting icon size until later
  • Now allows Win10 groups to be rearranged leaving gaps between groups. If the group would not fit on screen then will be placed in left-most column
  • Start button image replacement defaults to off on Windows 11
  • Fixed issue with pressing down arrow not wrapping to top of the menu when menu first opened
  • Tweaked Win10 style margins to ensure lists fill the space fully
  • Fixed search for pictures showing results from the entire search library instead
  • Adjusted default width for Win11 menu as was too wide
  • Fixed issue with mouseover selection remaining on items in lists after you right-click on them
  • Enabled translation support in the config UI
  • Fixed issue where open location option was missing from right-click on some pinned items on Win10/11 menus
  • Changes to how Start11 starts up which should sidestep those game anti-cheat app issues
  • Adds fix for MS precision scrolling
  • Centered start button on Win10

Start11 Release Candidate 2

  • Tweaked quick access link popup menus to resolve an issue where they may not close on loss of focus correctly
  • Tweaked quick access link popup menus to not cause a menu close when closing one and opening another via clicking directly
  • Fixed paint issue on Win11 menu quick access links area when switching between monitors
  • Fixed appearance typo in config
  • Fixed crash introduced by some RC1 work with quick access link menus
  • Added support for quick access menus in Win10/11 style. They do not auto-expand on mouseover but require a click to open
  • Holding down shift when clicking on a quick access link that's a menu will open it as a window where possible
  • Added missing W filter option in all apps for Win10/11 style
  • Fixed issue with quick access menus not always closing on loss of focus
  • Fixed issue with Win10/11 apps list loading up icon for application exe vs shortcuts
  • Fixed issue with Win10/11 apps list not loading up multiple shortcuts to apps in some circumstances
  • Fixed issue with Win10/11 pinned items lists loading up app exe icon vs shortcut exe
  • Fixed issue with Win10/11 pinned apps not launching correct shortcut but exe instead
  • Added option to hide recent documents on Win11 menu style
  • Added option to change icon size on Win10 and Win11 menu styles
  • Added option to change tile color on Win10 style menu
  • Pressing escape when in all programs list in Win11 style menu simply goes back to the previous page now rather than closing
  • Fixed drag & drop offset issue in Win7/Modern menu styles
  • Limited Win10/11 menu size based on current screen resolution
  • Fullscreen mode for Win10/11 menus
  • Fixed Win11 menu rearranging issue where items would sometimes rearrange inconsistently especially after a lot of rearranging
  • Dragging on the Win11 menu no longer highlights the page title area
  • Fixed Win7/Modern Quick access links showing as menus will now open correctly when clicked
  • Prevented Win7/Modern quick access link menus popping up under the menu
  • Win7/Modern quick access link menus now dark mode aware
  • Fixed universal apps quick access menu potential crash issue
  • Win7/Modern quick access menus now have rounded corners when rounded menu mode is enabled
  • Fixed pinning from Pin to Start11 from explorer menus pinning items to first index in list for Win11 style menu.
  • Fixed pinning issue for Win10 menu replacing last entry in pinned list when pinned from explorer windows or search page
  • Added missing run as admin option on store apps which support it on Windows 10/11 menu (Terminal etc)
  • Internal frame rate for animations moved to 240hz
  • Fixed issue with mouse getting attached to the top of the menu when opening the menu with Start11 search disabled.
  • Fixed issue with clock and tray area missing when using custom start button on Windows 11 Dev channel builds
  • Fixed issue with custom start button left visible after disabling custom start button or making button centered on Windows 11 (believed to be Dev channel only again)
  • Fixed issue on Win11 menu where creating a new page when on a lower page number caused the page to be inserted as a group on the next page instead
  • Fixed issue on Win11 menu where deleting pages could cause a blank page to appear
  • Tweaks to button handling on Win11 when not using custom start button
  • Config UI now responds to touch input
  • Rearranging quick access shortcuts list in Win10/11 styles now saves the changes correctly
  • Now able to scroll menus using touch and drag items - to drag an item either drag sideways initially or hold down until you get the right-click indicator box and then drag the item if the list has a scrollbar, otherwise drag as usual.
  • Fixed possible crash issue when moving things on the Win10/11 grids
  • Adds support for wider groups in Win10 style
  • Fixed Win11 style to show user name as friendly name vs account name
  • Fixed issue with Win11 style losing shutdown button if you set Win7/Modern style to have a very high number of icons on display or lots of grid columns
  • Fixed quick access shortcuts showing display as menu sometimes incorrectly for Win10/11 style
  • Stopped jumplists showing for MS store and settings as blank
  • Fixed issue with being able to get multiple menu options on config appear in mouseover state
  • Added option to hide recently installed applications section in Win10/11 all apps list
  • Fixed changing icon size on Win7/modern menu requires two opens of the menu to see the change fully
  • Fixed desktop search carried out last so didn't always appear in results as quickly as wanted
  • Fixed search getting stuck in some searches
  • Fixed issue with taskbar at the top of the screen losing the mouse over thumbnails on one monitor if multiple monitors on Windows 11
  • Fixed clicking very left of the leftmost start button can open Win11 menu on Windows 11
  • Fixed explorer hang issue if replacing start button on computer with multiple monitors (3 ideally)
  • Fixed start menu open offset issue on multiple monitor setups with centered start button
  • Fixed Cortana search mode causing Start menu to close when renaming a group/anything else
  • All apps list for Win10/11 styles now also includes url files and help documents etc
  • Removed surplus MS edge link in all apps
  • Double-clicking on the style image opens the settings drop down in the config now

Start11 Release Candidate 1 (0.9 Beta)

  • Adds: Windows 11 menu style complete with pages
  • Adds: Windows 10 menu style complete with pages
  • Now supports switching DPIs on the fly and mixed DPI setups better
  • Significantly updated UI
  • New taskbar features on Win11 - replace right click menu
    • Taskbar size
    • Taskbar position (top/bottom)
  • User configurable quick access shortcuts list (AKA places list)
    • Supports rearranging, custom shortcuts and places
  • Exposed options to turn on and off the animations, rounded corners and menu offsetting from taskbar
  • Adds in the new search engine
  • Updated rounded looks for Win7/modern looks to look better
  • Options to use Win11 style all programs list on Win7/Modern styles if wanted
  • Added compact mode for Win7/modern styles along with easy access to config options for those
  • Support for bigger icons on the Win7/Modern styles

Start11 0.55 Beta

  • Center taskbar buttons on Win10
  • Removed white flash on open of slider dropdowns when on Win11 in dark mode
  • Improved performance of opening taskbar page in config
  • Fixed issue with when config window is inactive, clicking on the breadcrumb bar area does not give the window focus
  • Config now translucent on Win11 when active and transparency enabled in the OS
  • Start menu less wide on high dpi setups
  • Edge lines in config wider in 150, 175% scaling modes
  • Fix for start menu closing sometimes when clicked from autohide taskbar
  • Fix on Win10 for issue with start menu closing on occasion due to News and Interests taskbar button
  • Fixed settings link on start menu not looking up translations correctly
  • Added Taskmanager link to right-click menu on Start11 start button when not in Win+X mode
  • Places list screen updated to better match new UI visuals
  • Blur taskbar option disabled on Win11 when operating system setting for transparency effects is disabled
  • Fixed slow moving of focus bar on left hand side of config when at higher dpis
  • Configuration screen can now be resized for smaller monitors and will gain scrollbars when required
  • Taskbar colour is now correctly applied when blur is disabled on Win11
  • Fixed taskbar alpha option to apply when OS transparency settings are disabled on Win11
  • Fixed taskbar alpha reset to default option to default to the correct values on Win11
  • Fixed resource leak when drawing menu on Windows 11
  • Menu now animates in and out correctly when taskbar is placed at the top of the screen on Windows 11
  • Menu now opens and closes correctly when the taskbar is placed at the top of the screen on Windows 11
  • Scaling on the right-hand side no longer double scales the shutdown button margins. The higher the dpi, the more obvious the issue would be.