The latest version of Microsoft’s long-running operating system, Windows 11, is now available—at least for those with compatible PCs. If you make the switch, you’ll notice a sleek overhaul with a centered taskbar reminiscent of Chrome OS and softened corners on apps. It’s essentially the same OS behind the hood, but there are a few new features you should be aware of. These pointers will assist you in making the switch from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
Table of Contents
- 1 The Start Button should be realigned.
- 2 Right-Click Menu Simplified
- 3 Setup the Quicks Setting Panel to your liking.
- 4 Desktop Management Made Simple
- 5 Collect your gadgets
- 6 More Layouts for Multitasking
- 7 Chat With Groups
- 8 Focus Sessions Help You Get Things Done
- 9 File Explorer Menu Has Been Simplified
- 10 Input/Output Devices Should Be Paired
- 11 New Audio Modes
- 12 Check out the App Store.
- 13 Apps are pinned to the Start Menu.
- 14 Make the Start Menu your own.
- 15 Get Better Recommendations
- 16 Default Apps can be changed.
- 17 Select Your Theme
- 18 Visualization of the Battery
- 19 Become Familiar with the New Touch Gestures
- 20 Android Apps to Run (in Beta)
The Start Button should be realigned.
The placement of the Start button is the first thing that will strike you. It used to be in the lower-left corner of the screen, but it’s now centered with the rest of the taskbar icons. But don’t worry, you can go back and modify it. Open Taskbar Settings by right-clicking the taskbar. Change Taskbar alignment to Left in the Taskbar behaviors drop-down. All of your taskbar icons will be moved to the left, and the Start button will be returned to its proper location. Check out our tutorial for more information on customizing the Windows 11 taskbar.
Right-Click Menu Simplified
Only the most relevant settings are now available from the right-click menu. Select Show more options to open a spill-over menu if you require extra options, such as printing, changing the background, or viewing the complete file location.
Setup the Quicks Setting Panel to your liking.
The Quick Settings that display in the Action Center in Windows 10 are separated from the notifications in that panel in Windows 11. To access a settings menu, click the section of the taskbar with Wi-Fi, speaker, and battery icons. From there, you can configure Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, battery saver mode, and more. Click the pencil-shaped Edit quick settings button to add or remove settings buttons. Remove items you don’t want pinned, or click Add to add new options to the Quick Settings menu.
Desktop Management Made Simple
The old Task View button has been replaced by a redesigned icon on the taskbar, making it easier to setup and manage numerous desktops. Simply hover over the symbol to see whether there are any open virtual desktops or to start a new one. Apps that are on one desktop can be moved to another, and desktops can be changed as needed.
Collect your gadgets
While Windows 10 experimented with widgets, Windows 11 fully embraces them. A new Widgets icon on the taskbar lets you check the weather, look up sports scores, follow stock prices, observe nearby traffic, manage your Outlook calendar, tick tasks off your to-do list, or read the latest headlines. Through Microsoft News, you may personalize the widgets to meet your needs, reposition them on the page, and control your newsfeed preferences.
More Layouts for Multitasking
Microsoft has enabled snap and resize since Windows 7, but Snap Layouts gives it a boost in Windows 11. You can still drag and drop windows into place with Windows 11, but hovering over the Maximize button on supported apps will provide a menu of layout possibilities, such as one giant window on the left and two on top of each other on the right, or three in a row. Select your favorite formation with a click, then drag & drop your apps into place.
Chat With Groups
Windows 11 includes Microsoft Teams, the company’s free chat, phone, and videoconferencing software. There’s no need to open the Microsoft Teams program to initiate video calls or conversations because there’s a new Chat icon on the taskbar. If your connections don’t utilize Teams, send invitations by email or SMS. Even if a contact does not sign up for Teams, you can conduct SMS discussions with them, and they can join a video chat via a web link.
Focus Sessions Help You Get Things Done
It’s easy to become distracted when the work builds up with messages and video chats coming up throughout the day. In Windows 11, the Focus Sessions feature encourages you to set aside time for work that demands unbroken, intense concentration. It’s available now in the new Alarms & Clock app, and it’s a simple method to get at least 30 minutes of distraction-free work time. If you go over 45 minutes, the app will take a five-minute break roughly halfway through your workout. Here’s how to set it up on your PC, step by step.
File Explorer Menu Has Been Simplified
Microsoft has simplified the ribbon at the top of the File Explorer menu in Windows 11. There’s no need to sift through several tabs and settings you’ll never use because only the cut, copy, share, sort, and view options are available now. Windows 11 also includes a New button for generating new folders, shortcuts, and documents based on your installed apps.
Input/Output Devices Should Be Paired
The Sound menu in Windows 11 has been expanded to include the ability to pair additional input and output devices. To connect external speakers or other devices, go to Settings > System > Sound and select Add device under the Output section. To attach an external microphone, click Add device under Input. After that, you’ll have the option of connecting via Bluetooth, wireless docks, and other methods. To see a complete list of all input and output devices connected to your PC, scroll down to the Advanced section and click All sound devices.
New Audio Modes
In Windows 11, you have more flexibility over your audio output, including mono and enhanced audio modes. To go mono, go to Settings > System > Sound > Mono audio and allow it to merge the left and right audio channels. Click All sound devices under the Advanced section of the Sound menu, choose a device to open the Properties menu, and enable Enhance audio to get improved audio, which includes bass boost, virtual surround, room correction, and loudness equalization.
Check out the App Store.
To see your entire list of installed apps, Windows 11 requires one extra step. Instead of viewing the App List next to your live tiles when you enter the Start menu, you must first select the All Apps button in the Pinned part of the Start menu. You can then explore the list or perform a search for a specific app.
Apps are pinned to the Start Menu.
With the case of live tiles, they’re no longer available in Windows 11. They’ve been replaced by a more straightforward Start menu where you may pin apps for quick access. To move an app to the Pinned section, open the App List, right-click on it, and select Pin to Start. The program can then be dragged to the desired location. To unpin apps from the start menu, right-click and select Unpin from Start.
Make the Start Menu your own.
When you hit the Settings button in Windows 10, it displays above the Start button. In Windows 11, this is not the case, but you may restore it by going to Settings > Personalization > Start > Folders. File Explorer, other popular folders, and network icons can all be added here.
Get Better Recommendations
A Recommended section has been added to the new Start menu for recent files and commonly used apps. To change what shows up here, go to Settings > Personalization > Start and tell Windows to hide recently installed programs, commonly used apps, and recently opened things from the Start menu, App List, and other places.
Default Apps can be changed.
Choosing a default app on Windows 10 is simple, but with Windows 11, the process is more complicated since you must set a default program for each file type. In the left-hand menu of the Settings app, tap the Apps section. Choose Default apps, then select the app you want to make the default for a file type. You’ll see a list of all the file kinds it can handle. Select an app from the menu that appears after clicking on the file type you desire. Check out our guide for a complete overview of the procedure.
Select Your Theme
In Windows 11, themes make a comeback, but this time they’re paired with dark mode. To change the background picture, audio, cursor, accent color, and color theme all at once, go to Settings > Personalization and select one of the predefined themes. To edit current themes, add new ones from the Microsoft Store, or create your own, go to Themes.
Visualization of the Battery
When it comes to displaying battery utilization data, Windows 11 outperforms its predecessor. Open the Battery use tab by going to Settings > System > Power & battery. You’ll see a graph showing how much electricity you’ve consumed in the last few days or hours here. Below is a list of apps that show power usage by app. If you notice a software that is consuming too much power, you may turn it off and put it to sleep, just like you can on iPhones and Android devices.
Become Familiar with the New Touch Gestures
If you’re using a touch-screen PC convertible or tablet, such as the magnificent new Surface Pro 8, you’ll need to learn a new set of touch gestures, many of which need multiple fingers. Swiping in from the left side now brings up the Widgets panel with news and information, rather than task switching mode. You must now swipe up on the screen (anywhere) with four fingers to bring up the Task View. Thankfully, swiping in from the right still opens alerts. Swiping down from the top no longer dismisses an app, but you can minimize an app and show the desktop by swiping down with three fingers in an app window. All open windows are opened by swiping three fingers up.
Android Apps to Run (in Beta)
You can get early access to Android apps in the Microsoft Store if you’re a Windows Insider. There are now 50 Amazon Appstore apps available, but more are on the way.