Windows 11’s new search box in the Start menu shouldn’t make you angry
With Windows 11 build 2200.65, Microsoft removed the option to activate the old Windows 10 Start menu. While this change caused a sensation on the web, there is another Start menu update that raised some people. In the latest version of Windows 11, Microsoft added a search box to the Windows 11 Start menu.
It’s always a little funny to see people, myself included sometimes, take the lead on an icon or feature in a preview version of an operating system, but there are a few aspects of the search box that arrive in the Windows 11 Start menu that are worth breaking up.
Searching the Start menu is not new
Windows once had a search box on the Start menu. The Windows 7 Start menu which is loved by many had a search box. And while Windows 10 didn’t have a search box in the Start menu, it did have the option to search by typing after clicking the Start button. In fact, typing after clicking the Start button was a shortcut to finding multiple generations of Windows.
It’s a bit redundant to have a search box on the start menu while you can also have Search directly next to the start menu. But some people prefer the Start menu to act as a hub for multiple tasks. Others may not know that you can search for items from the taskbar. Adding another search field is useful in both cases.
The current user interface is a bit odd
The current implementation of start menu search is janky. When you click in the text box for Search, the Start menu closes and the Search menu opens from the taskbar. In a way, the search box on the Start menu isn’t even a feature as much as another shortcut to search from the taskbar. For what it’s worth, typing after pressing Start has the same janky jump from menu to menu yet.
Windows 11 is not finished
Sometimes we have to remember that this is a preview version of an operating system that is months away from delivery. Look at the number of changes made with the most recent version of Insider for Windows 11. The search box may be moved or deleted multiple times before the operating system ships. Microsoft also has time to fine-tune the user interface, such as making a smooth transition from the Start menu to the search user interface rather than closing one menu and switching to another.
Of course, people can be passionate about anything they love, but it’s worth putting this change in context. With months before the release of Windows 11, this search box may be optional or in a very different state when most people first see it.