How many of you have installed the latest Windows 11 on your PC? If you have Windows 10, you can upgrade it for free & there are many others who did this, including me! Most of our office laptops have been upgraded to Windows 11!
Friends, Windows 11 is not just visible to the naked eye! I mean, the UI is very different & has changed now. It looks like a mobile UI! But in my opinion many nice & useful many features have been added! And there are some things like if you do not like the feature you can keep it like Windows 10 feature.
There are so many things & so the title says there are so many Windows 11 features you may not be aware of! And you have to use them! Let’s get started, & don’t waste any more time. Taskbar – Friends, this is the biggest visual change in Windows 11. All the symbols first came to the centre on the left. It looks like MacOS, but most people will like it if you do not like it. But if you think it’s like Windows 10 on the left or not, You can do it easily. You need to go to Settings> Personalization> Taskbar> Taskbar Behavior> and select – Left Taskbar Align.
And it comes back as before in Windows 10! Did you know that? And friends, there are many elements in this personalization area that you can customize to your liking! Many things can be visually experienced, including their work. So go ahead and spend some time in Settings> Personalization.
Just like your mobile “Focus Mode“, it also comes with Windows 11! Focus Mode – If you are gaming on your PC, you do not want notifications or anything else if you do not want to be interrupted, Yes Focus mode has arrived & you can customize what notifications are allowed & what not!
It’s WFH time & many times you are doing some work & many distraction notifications. It at least bothers me a lot & I definitely use focus mode & it benefits me! Friends, there are so many great shortcuts in Windows 10! When you go to the Start menu, you will see folders that you can use.
I used them personally & when I installed Windows 11 I could not find them, but there was a way. If you want some folders – downloads, pictures, etc. Folders On Start – You can pin these folders to the Start menu that you want to access regularly.
It’s very easy, just go to Settings> Personalization> Start> Folders, & In it, you can select many things like a file explorer, documents, downloads, music, pictures, videos, network, your personal folder etc.
All of these will be added. In shortcuts, you can access them with one click! And friends, this next feature is really cool! And I don’t think most people know about it.
Type by voice – you can actually type with your voice. You can talk to your PC / Laptop & it will type for you. You do not need to type this. It’s easy! Press “Windows + H” & start talking! And the PC starts writing.
Another thing, we always use “right-click” on folders or set icons & more. I use right-click from the beginning & if you want to empty the recycle bin or delete the app, we all usually do. Legacy right-click – but now, the right-click menu has been simplified & many of the things you can no longer do.
But do not worry! The old right-click feature is still accessible! Highlight the part you want to right-click, And then press “Shift + F10”. The old right-click menu is back as before! Did you know that? Give it a try!
Most people know this because Microsoft has already promoted it. Multiple Desktops – Pressing the Windows Key + Tab simply pops up multiple windows. If you want to divide your work, your personal stuff, multimedia into different desktops, you can do it now! You can now add as many desktops as you want. Not bad! This is a very useful feature & I use it in my office.
You do a lot of multi-tasking! You want to do multiple things at once & you do not have multiple monitors. Likewise, you want different windows on the same monitor. It’s so easy! Snap Layouts – You get 4 different layouts if you hover over the maximized icons & you can see it.
But you do not need to use the mouse, you just need to use the shortcut! Press the Windows key + up / down / left / right arrow. If you press the right arrow on Windows +, it will move to the right & so on.
So it will be very interesting and useful! And if you want to display different windows in different layouts, you can use Snap Layouts. This is another amazing feature. Char, & many people use it. There are many times our tabs are open & we only need 1 of them! But most of the tabs/windows in the background are open. If you want to keep the same window & minimize others,
Shake to minimize – This is very easy to use minimizing feature, you can shake the 1st open window & All other windows behind will be minimized. But remember, this feature is turned off by default & you need to turn it on.
Windows Key> Type Multi-Tasking> Title Bar Shake & Turn on the window. And shake the 1st open window & all other windows will be minimized! Themes – Dark Mode / Normal Mode All Come On & I Love It! If you want to see the screen in low light, it will not be a big problem for your eyes.
There are many themes available with color options. You can customize it completely & granular according to your color preferences. So you do it now! You have complete control over how your desktop looks!
Go to Settings> Personalization> Themes and browse the themes you like & select 1 of them! Did you know that Dynamic Refresh Rate is like having a custom refresh rate on your mobile phones? It is now available in Windows 11!
Dynamic Refresh Rate – If your display supports HDR or a faster refresh rate like 120 / 144Hz, you can use it now!
If you go to displays, there is an option if you want to use 144Hz, you can do it. It’s so soft! Auto HDR – Yes, If your display supports this, you can use Auto HDR while editing videos/gaming. This is advantageous for high-end displays.