Windows 11 has some hidden features that are often only discovered by accident. These cool features and tips have been brought to your attention so that you can enjoy them. This list of Windows 11 tips and tricks will help you decide whether or not you want to upgrade.
1. Use Snap Layouts to Organize Windows
Snap layouts can be a great help if you have been manually dragging windows and resizing them to fit together. This tool simplifies window management because it lets you choose a layout for up to four windows.
You can also split the screen into two equal-sized windows. As you can see from the screenshot, there are also five other options, You can see them all by pressing Win+Z or hovering over the maximize button.
After snapping some windows together they will form a “snap group” so that they remain together until manually detached.
If your screen is big enough, Window snapping is a great way to mimic the look of a multi-monitor system without having to add additional monitors.
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2. Install Android Apps
Windows 11 lets you access all of the best Android apps right from your PC. You can play games and use other apps just like you would on a desktop computer. You don’t need an Android device to do this.
3. Access Virtual Desktops
You don’t have to be stuck with one workspace if you have only one monitor, as most of us do. You may prefer to keep work and play a part, or even separate projects. You can create a virtual desktop with Windows 11 by pressing Win+Tab.
Imagine having several monitors next to each other on your desk, but they would slide right up to you whenever you needed them. You will need to adjust to the new way of using your computer. Once you have it, you’ll find it difficult to return to a single workspace.
4. Left-Align the Start Button
Windows 11 places the Start button, along with other icons of the taskbar in the middle of the screen. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. You can change the look of Windows 11 by customizing its taskbar.
You can also customize the size, color, and number of buttons on the taskbar, just like in previous Windows versions.
5. Pin Your Favorite Apps for Quick Access
You don’t need to search for your favorite programs; you can simply pin them to your Start menu or taskbar. Click on an app, then select Pinning to Start and Pinning to Taskbar. This will make it easy to find when you need it.
6. Open Taskbar Items With a Keyboard Shortcut
Now you know how to pin applications to the taskbar. You can even launch them faster by using a keyboard shortcut. Win+ 1, Win+ 2, etc.
If Slack, for example, is the sixth icon on your desktop (do not count Start or Search), then pressing Win+ 6 will open that program.
This trick doesn’t only work with pinned items. This trick can open any program currently visible in the taskbar.
7. Find Hidden Shortcuts From the Start Button
By pressing Win+ or by right-clicking on the Start button. This reveals shortcuts for a few Windows settings and options. This is called the Power User Menu, and you’ll find it comes in a handy shortcut for things like Run and The list of installed applications, Terminal, and Power Options are available.
8. Take Better Screenshots
The print screen button is something that most of us are familiar with. By pressing it, you’ll capture all of the visible content on your screen. There are also other ways in Windows 11 to capture screenshots using the Snipping tool.
The keyboard combination Win+Shift+S will open the Snipping tool. There are still options for taking a full screenshot, but you can also click and drag the area you wish to capture. Another option is to only screenshot the window that you select.
9. Use File Explorer Tabs to Free Up Screen Space
Windows 11 was the first Windows version to include built-in support for File Explorer tabs. You can open a new tab by pressing + beside the current one. Or, right-click on a folder to choose open in the New tab. Drag the tabs to arrange them as you like.
10. Open Files With Your Favorite App
Double-clicking a file will open the “wrong app”You’re bound to run into the problem where. You may find that a different program opens when you attempt to edit a DOCX document, even though you prefer MS Word.
There are many examples. All versions of Windows allow you to change file associations. However, the process varies from version to version. To make the changes, you’ll need to go to the default apps section in the Windows 11 Settings App.