How to Make Windows 11 Look Like Windows 10

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How to Make Windows 11 Look Like Windows 10

Windows 11, the latest operating system from Microsoft, is packed with new features and a fresh, modern design. However, some users may find the changes overwhelming or simply prefer the classic look and feel of Windows 10. If you are among those who want to retain the Windows 10 experience, this article is for you. Here’s how you can make Windows 11 look like Windows 10.

Step 1: Move the Taskbar Icons to the Left

Windows 11 by default centers the taskbar icons. To move them to the left like Windows 10:

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar.
  2. Select “Taskbar settings”.
  3. Look for “Taskbar behaviors” and under “Taskbar alignment”, select “Left”.

Step 2: Restore the Windows 10 Start Menu

The Windows 11 Start Menu is vastly different. To restore the Windows 10 Start Menu:

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar and select “Taskbar settings”.
  2. Scroll down to “Start” and toggle off “Centered layout”.

Step 3: Revert to Classic File Explorer

Windows 11 features a modern File Explorer with rounded corners and simplified command bar. To revert to the classic look:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click on the three dots at the top to open the “More Options” menu.
  3. Select “Show more options” to display the classic ribbon toolbar.

Step 4: Bring Back Windows 10 Context Menus

The context menus in Windows 11 have a new design. To switch back:

  1. Right-click on the desktop and choose “Show more options”.
  2. This will bring up the old context menu.

You can also edit the registry to make this change permanent, but it is recommended to do this only if you are experienced with registry editing as it can be risky.

Step 5: Change the Theme to Windows 10 Style

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select “Personalize”.
  2. Click on “Themes” in the left panel.
  3. Select the “Windows” (or similar) theme that resembles Windows 10.

Step 6: Adjust Window Corners and Borders

Windows 11 introduces rounded corners. To revert to the sharp corners of Windows 10, you can use third-party customization tools such as “WindowBlinds” or “Classic Shell”.

Step 7: Switch to Windows 10 Default Sounds

Windows 11 has new system sounds. To change them to Windows 10 sounds:

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select “Personalize”.
  2. Go to “Themes” and click on “Sounds”.
  3. From the Sound Scheme dropdown menu, select “Windows Default”.

Step 8: Customize Taskbar and System Tray

To further resemble Windows 10, customize the taskbar by adding or removing system icons, or adjusting taskbar behaviors in the Taskbar settings.

By following these steps, you can make your Windows 11 environment look and feel much more like Windows 10. Keep in mind that as Windows 11 receives updates, some of these settings may change or new customization options may be added.

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