This post will show you how to add separators and spacers to the Start menu and taskbar in Windows 11. Windows 11 has a fresh Start menu and taskbar with a new design and capabilities. Unfortunately, some of the useful Start menu features from Windows 10 are missing in Windows 11. The most notable omissions are folders, groups, and the inability to move the taskbar around.
While we wait for Microsoft to deliver more features to the Start menu in Windows 11, enthusiasts came up with a neat little trick that lets you organize icons on the taskbar and Start menu into simple groups with dividers and spacers.
You need two apps,
seperator.exe. The first one creates an empty space on the taskbar or in the start menu. The second one adds a divider.
Add Separators and Spacers to Windows 11 Start Menu and Taskbar
- Download the Blank.exe app from this link.
- Now, download the Seperator.exe app using this link.
- Unpack and put the executable files to a folder from where they will run.
- Click and hold the right mouse button on the seperator.exe file, slightly move it, and then release the right mouse button to reveal a little context menu.
- Select Create Shortcuts here.
- Now, rename the newly made shortcut. Delete all characters in the name, then hold the Alt button and type 0160 (consequently). That lets you use blanks as file names (you cannot just type a space and save it).
- Right-click the shortcut and select Pin to Start. You now have a separator in the Start menu.
- Open the Start menu and right-click the separator (divider). Select Open File Location.
- In a new window, select your shortcut and press Shift + F10.
- Click Pin to taskbar. You now have a divider on the taskbar.
- If you want to create a blank space, do that to the
Blank.exefile. Note that you do not need to launch those dummy executable files. They do nothing, and they are not a threat to your system's safety.
If you want to create more than a single blank space or separator, repeat the steps above, except Step 6. You need to enter an additional Alt + 0160 sequence for each consequent shortcut. For example, to create a second shortcut, you need to type Alt + 0160 two times, three times for a third shortcut, four times for a fourth, and so on.
After creating enough shortcuts, you can move them around to experiment and create a unique, more organized Start menu or taskbar. Of course, this hack is not as convenient as folders and groups in the Start menu in Windows 10, but at least it provides a little more customization for users.
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