Windows 11 is now available for all Windows Insiders and it is coming to consumers later this year. Unlike Windows 10 components, Windows 11 arrives with several new features and improvements.
Advance Start Menu
Windows 11 arrives with a centered Start Menu and taskbar, similar to Windows 10X.
The Start Menu doesn’t come with traditional live tiles. It arrives with a new interface that utilizes static icons for Microsoft Store Apps. Microsoft Edge-powered Progressive Web Applications and other programs, similar to Windows 10X and Chrome.
The Start Menu will consist up of pinned applications and functions like Calculator, Microsoft Edge, and settings. Like Windows 10, Windows 11’s Start Menu will show applications and websites only. Although, users won’t be able to group applications to generate a folder, a feature that is recently offered o Windows 10’s live tile interface.
You can still right-click on any icon to access the application’s settings and pin it to the taskbar.
You can always backup the left-aligned taskbar and switch between three different, small sizes, medium, and large. The small size is aimed at desktops with mouse support and medium or large size comes to be very touch-friendly.
In scenarios like this, users need to customize their Registry to change the size of the taskbar. Taskbar customization options may be provided via Windows Settings to switch between various sizes of Windows taskbar.
A similar modern Settings application is provided, which can be utilized to modify Start Menu with additional shortcuts. You can also utilize it to modify the Action Center, desktop wallpaper, enable transparency effect and system accent for the taskbar, and more.
Some additional Windows features are now managed outside the constant Windows updates using experience packs.
Windows 11 File Explorer
Windows 11 still arrives with the same File Explorer, but it’s getting some much-required improvements. For instance, Explorer now sports new icons, curved corners, and dark mode improvements.
Microsoft has enhanced the interface of the Explorer for both mouse and touch users. As Windows 11 doesn’t come with a tablet mode, these modifications will help users with touchscreen, so they can easily collaborate rename, select or delete files.
At the moment, it looks like the tablet experience will be facilitated by default, but users can always switch back to the old layout by setup the “Folder Options” in File Explorer.
As specified, the File Explorer interface is not changing adequately, but Microsoft is replacing the Windows 8-era ribbon toolbar with an improved top menu called “command bar” permitting you immediate access to commonly used actions like share, rename, delete, etc.
What is a New Snapping Experience?
With Windows 11, Microsoft is permitting users to access four predefined snap layouts by float over the mouse cursor over the maximize button. As shown in the below screenshot, when you hover over your mouse cursor, a new pane with a snapping layout comes on the screen.
Window 11 recently arrives with four pre-configured snapping layouts:
- A large left-hand window and applications will be vertically shaped windows on the right.
- Applications will be breach equally in four different windows.
- Two equal side-by-side windows.
- Two side-by-side windows, but the left window will have more space.
Microsoft is providing Windows widgets, which comes to be a successor to Windows 10’s News and Interests.
Various News and Interests feed, Windows Widgets is powered by AI and Microsoft news feed. It uses your browsing activities and location to allow a customized news experience on your desktop. It also comes with a weather widget. Microsoft is working on Entertainment tools, Esports widget, Weather widget, To-DO widgets, and more.
Windows 11 finally comes with an improved ‘Battery’ setting page. This features detailed graphs to help anyone understand how their laptop/notebook uses the battery. The graphs will arrive within the customized setting applications and users can observe their laptop’s battery level throughout the day. One can also launch the bar graph view to better understand the battery usage over the past seven days.
Device Manager has been updated with curved corners and a new icon, but there are few minor additions too. The first new feature is a new filter for ‘Device by driver’, which is being introduced to help users get a list of devices using a particular driver.
The second option ‘Drivers by type lets you view the .inf driver files by the type of device. And there is a third new option ‘Drivers by device’ that will display the .inf files under the name of the device using it.
Users can also open and go through the Control Panel, Disk Management, and all other legacy tools.
HDR support for Color Managed Applications
Microsoft is enabling support for HDR mode in applications creative and creative application that uses International Color Consortium (ICC) display color profiles.
Microsoft is creating the virtual desktops screen with some much-required multitasking improvements. Additionally to the new design, Microsoft is introducing three new features – the ability to change the position of each virtual desktop.
To redesigning your desktops, follow these steps:
- Make multiple new Virtual Desktops
- Drag and drop a Virtual Desktop to another position
- Right-click your Virtual Desktop thumbnail in task view and choose “Move left” or “Move right” in the context menu.
If one wants to change the background of the virtual desktops, go through these steps:
- Launch Settings > Personalization > Background
- Right-click a background and apply it to a specific Virtual Desktop.