Since its release, Windows 11 has brought about a significant change in the PC user experience with a slew of new, innovative, and powerful features. While it maintains the familiarity of previous versions, it also packs a punch of novelty in design, productivity, and customization. In this article, we explore some of the coolest tricks, hacks, and features that could revolutionize the way you interact with your Windows 11 machine.
- Snap Layouts and Snap Groups
Windows 11 introduces the 'Snap Layouts' and 'Snap Groups' feature, enhancing productivity for those working with multiple applications simultaneously. You can easily arrange your apps or windows in a variety of layouts on your screen. This trick can be accessed by hovering over the Maximize button or using the Windows key + Z. This feature remembers your layouts, allowing you to effortlessly switch between tasks.
- Direct Access to Microsoft Teams
Windows 11 has Microsoft Teams integrated directly into the taskbar, making it easier for users to connect and collaborate. You can start a chat, call, or meeting with a simple click, enhancing the user experience, especially for remote workers and students.
- Personalized Widgets
Windows 11 offers AI-powered, personalized widgets that deliver news, weather updates, calendar reminders, and more, right on your desktop. By clicking on the Widgets icon or swiping from the left edge of the screen, you can view your customized and up-to-date content feed.
- Virtual Desktops
Windows 11 has given the 'Virtual Desktops' feature a facelift, allowing users to customize each virtual desktop with different wallpapers and settings. This could work as a fantastic productivity hack, creating different desktops for work, gaming, personal use, etc.
- Microsoft Power Automate Desktop
Microsoft Power Automate Desktop is now available for free on Windows 11. This tool enables automation of repetitive tasks. You can create flows to automate tasks ranging from simple data transfers to complex business workflows.
- Direct Integration with Android Apps
In a groundbreaking move, Windows 11 directly integrates Android apps into the operating system. You can access your favorite Android apps from the Microsoft Store through the Amazon Appstore, bridging the gap between your PC and smartphone experience.
- Taskbar Customization
The centered Start Menu and Taskbar is a major visual change in Windows 11. However, if you prefer the classic left alignment, you can easily change it by visiting Taskbar settings. You can also decide which icons appear on the taskbar, offering a higher level of customization.
- Enhanced Gaming Experience
Windows 11 elevates the gaming experience with features like Auto-HDR for improved visuals, DirectStorage for faster load times, and Xbox Game Pass for PC offering access to a vast library of games. If you're a gamer, these features can significantly enhance your gaming experience.
- Quick Settings and Notification Center
Windows 11 has separated Quick Settings from the Notification Center. By clicking on the Wi-Fi or Battery icon, you can access Quick Settings, while clicking on the calendar icon will open the Notification Center. This separation allows for more focused interactions with these systems.
- Microsoft Edge Sleeping Tabs
The new Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 11 has a 'Sleeping Tabs' feature that significantly reduces CPU usage by 'putting tabs to sleep' that you aren't using. This helps preserve system resources and improve overall PC performance.
Windows 11 is packed full of features designed to enhance your productivity, improve system performance, and customize your user experience. These cool tricks and hacks only scratch the surface. As you continue to explore Windows 11, you're likely to discover even more ways to make this powerful operating system work for you.