I believe the workday can be a tad less cluttered if certain stuff have a fixed placement. In a managed environment there might be interesting to have a customized start menu layout for all users giving a default set of pinned apps in a fixed order. This blog post will walk you through the routine of setting this up on Windows 11 by use of Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Note: A customized start menu layout overwrites the entire existing layout. A partial locked layout like offered on Windows 10 is not available on Windows 11. The layout can be changed by the user.
Create a JSON settings file
|Configure a preferred start menu layout on an existing Windows 11 device|
Start Windows Powershell and export the configuration to a JSON file.
|Export the configuration to a JSON file|
The following code is used for exporting the JSON file with the start menu layout.
|You can format the document for better readability|
Settings catalog Profile in Microsoft Endpoint Manager
You should now add settings for the Start Layout where you will paste the content from the JSON file with the configuration of the start menu layout. Notice your option to add the layout in policies for both user and device, where user policies will override device policies.
Assign the configuration policy accordingly to your devices/users and you should have a uniform start menu layout across your organization.
Custom Profile in Microsoft Endpoint Manager
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