Start11 RC2 Adds Full Screen Option, Fixes

Posted on October 14, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 14 Comments

Stardock today announced the release of Start11 Release Candidate 2 (RC2), which adds a full-screen option and numerous fixes.

“With Release Candidate 2, the full-screen menu feature makes it easier to use Windows 10 or 11 on a tablet,” a Stardock forum post explains. “When paired with the new option to adjust icon sizes for Windows 10 and 11 style menus, Start11 significantly improves the tablet experience.”

New features include a full-screen menu option for Windows 10/11 menu styles, option to hide the “recently installed” (Windows 10/11 style) and the “recent document” (Windows 11 style) lists, enhanced support for wider tile groups in the Windows 10 style menu, the ability to change the background color of individual Windows 10 menu items, options to adjust icon sizing for Windows 10/11 style menus, and 240 Hz support for animations.

There are also many, many fixes that should clear up some of the instabilities in RC1.

You can learn more—and make the $4.99 purchase—at the Stardock website.

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Comments (14)

14 responses to “Start11 RC2 Adds Full Screen Option, Fixes”

  1. martinusv2

    Stardock, a company that can do things that Microsoft can't or don't want to do :)

  2. navarac

    Start# is the best software purchase of all time. I'd gladly pay more.

  3. harmjr

    So Start 11 is to Windows as Microsoft Launcher is to Android.

    • randyaccv

      How ironic. Microsoft can improve the Android start menu, but totally mess up their own Windows Start Menu

      • hrlngrv

        Pure human nature of a sort: anyone else's ideas can be immeasurably improved with a little addition from me.


        Another way of looking at this is that MSFT is culturally incapable of finish work. When anything MSFT reaches what house remodeling contractors would call substantial completion, all the top developers and managers move on to new & interesting things, and actual completion is left to the riff raff.

  4. randyaccv

    Start 11 doesn't allow you to scroll all apps using the 2 finger touch pad, you have to use the scroll bar. Very annoying.

  5. winner

    I admire what StarDock does in trying to correct the flaw of Windows UI.

    Still, Win 11 runs slower on Ryzen processors, you can't put the taskbar on the side, and it's half-baked. No thanks, I'll suffer with Windows 10 for another year or few.

  6. davidblouin

    I don't know why they advertise "option to hide the “recently installed”, and “recent document”, cause i already can do those things in Windows 11 without add-ons..



  7. waethorn

    Can’t wait for SP1 to be released in a years time to add a bunch of the missing functionality from Windows 10 back in.

  8. fuller1754

    I'm dying for Stardock to bring tabs to File Explorer. (Not via Groupy. Just simple tabs specially for File Explorer, inside the title bar.) Sure, I know about QTTabbar and have used it for years, but it's visually outdated. If Stardock did it, it would match the W11 UI perfectly.

    • hrlngrv

      There are at least a dozen 3rd party file managers supporting tabs from which to choose. Why not try one of them rather than hope for a 3rd party like Stardock to hack them into Windows's own File Explorer?

  9. wspaw

    I'm really missing the ability to pin folders. I can't seem to find a way to do this with Start11.

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