How to Get the Most Out of Windows 11

Many of the new features in Windows 11 are designed to help you work how you want – for instance, with its more streamlined Start menu and multitasking features.

Minor tweaks like allowing users to shake their mouse to minimize all but one window have made the experience better for 2-in-1s and tablets, and DirectX 12 Ultimate gives an immersive gaming experience.

Streamlined Start Menu

Microsoft has slightly modified the Start menu in Windows 11 to focus on apps and documents most-frequently used; Live Tiles have been removed, and an icon for Microsoft Teams now resides on your Taskbar (if it doesn’t apply). A submenu item at the bottom grants access to all items within this menu as well as showing your user account photo; clicking this item opens a small pop-up menu with options like changing account settings or locking your PC.

The overall design is much cleaner and less cluttered, while its reduced blue hue may make it easier for many users. Reorganization also includes merging two sets of program icons – one for All Users/machine and another for current user/Roaming profile–into one single list; you can still move icons between lists if necessary but remember to re-add them after rebooting or signing out/in.

Microsoft has discontinued several features from Windows 10’s Start screen that had previously been present in 2022 update, such as recently launched programs and shortcuts to special folders on All Programs View as well as multiple-level nesting of groups on All Programs View. Microsoft no longer supports drag-and-drop for organizing menu items either.

Removal of customization options could prove troublesome for some users. A number of third-party interface tweaking apps like ExplorerPatcher have reported crashing with the new update; Microsoft recommends uninstalling these applications before applying KB5028254 to avoid such complications.

End users will also appreciate new multitasking features in the Start Menu, such as Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, which allow them to organize open apps more efficiently while optimizing desktop real estate for better visual layout. Furthermore, when updates need downloading or installing, users will now see a friendly reminder. This should make seeing what awaits you easier compared to constantly clicking “Check for updates”.

Snap Layouts

Are you used to arranging windows by drag and drop? You will love Snap Layouts! With preconfigured ways of arranging windows that save both time and effort by eliminating the need to minimize and stretch apps to fit the screen, Snap Layouts offer time- and effort-saving arrangements such as two side by side windows using half of each screen; two columns with one larger than another; or four windows in a square grid layouts – simply hover your cursor over Maximize button in an application or press Win+Z for easy selection! To select this layout simply hover your cursor over Maximize button or press Win+Z!

Your apps in your selected layout will light up as you mouse over each option, showing how they’ll be arranged on-screen. When you click, they’ll move into place and Snap Assist will pop up, offering thumbnails of other app windows that could help fill each available space. Alternatively, resizing can be accomplished by hovering over each pane until a thick gray bar appears and your mouse pointer turns into double-pointed arrows; simply drag in either direction using those arrows to alter how apps within this layout.

Navigating to Settings > System > Multitasking will allow you to tailor how snap layouts operate, including options to enable or disable seeing layouts when clicking Maximize button and fine-tuning its grid (including how quickly windows move in place).

The Snap Layouts interface in Windows 10 is much improved from previous versions of Windows. It is intuitive and user-friendly, although I wish you could edit the layouts by dragging them to corners of the screen. Custom layouts can also be created easily by clicking “Create new layout” button in lower right corner.

If you require more flexibility than is provided with Windows 11, there are other apps such as FancyZones by Microsoft PowerToys that may provide it, including FancyZones Free App allowing multiple custom layouts with adjustable number of zones, space around each one, and distance highlighting capabilities.

More options for touch

Touch screens offer an intuitive and efficient way to work that may prove superior to keyboarding and mouse use, yet sometimes issues arise where Windows touch functionality doesn’t function as intended. Luckily, there are some quick solutions you can try in order to restore it quickly.

Small changes like this are helping Windows 11 become an even better experience on 2-in-1s and tablets, coming closer than ever to rivaling iPadOS. Plus, Intel’s 12th and 13th generation processors give it an additional edge over previous versions of Windows.

Microsoft has made several adjustments designed to make its OS more responsive to touch. Detaching a keyboard on a Surface Pro now brings up a tablet-style interface, with touch-first tweaks made to Start menu and taskbar that make these experiences more responsive for touch use. Folders now exist within Start menu that you can drag apps into to form groups; similarly, dark theme has been applied and command bar optimized for touch.

Additionally, it now supports three and four-finger swipe gestures similar to what can be found on a track pad. For instance, using three fingers will minimize all open windows to reveal your desktop, while four finger swiping left or right will switch between them. You can enable these features in the Settings App under Bluetooth and Devices > Touch.

While all these changes aim to enhance Windows 11 for touch users, there remain some bugs. Though Microsoft usually takes swift steps to address release-specific bugs quickly, some have made their way through to the final build – including File Explorer issues, AMD Ryzen processor compatibility issues and more.

Even though Microsoft updates its operating systems frequently when it comes to bug fixes, you should still take time to visit its known issue page before installing updates. Doing this may save a great deal of hassle if the problem lies with specific hardware or software.

Optimized for gaming

Gaming on your PC can be an enjoyable experience, but can sometimes become frustrating due to lags and frame rate drops. Windows 11 was specifically designed for gaming with several improvements designed to give your system the optimal performance when playing games.

One of the key steps you can take to improve gaming performance is disabling unnecessary background apps and processes that consume memory and CPU resources required for gaming, via Task Manager.

One way to improve gaming performance is ensuring there is enough space on your computer for the games you wish to play. A disk management tool like EaseUS Partition Master can be used to resize and expand your C drive so as to provide additional room for games.

As well as making sure that you have enough memory and processor power, it is also important to ensure that your gaming system stays up-to-date with the latest drivers. This will allow for smoother gameplay as well as fixing any bugs in the game that might be causing issues.

Windows 11 makes it easier to improve gaming performance by providing Game Mode, which prioritizes gaming by disabling notifications and delaying or shutting down background activities such as file indexing, feature updates and malware scans – helping you focus more on playing your game without experiencing lag or dropped frames.

Unoptimize your gaming experience on Windows 11 by disabling security features like Memory Integrity and Virtual Machine Platform that may cause lag or dropped frames. To do this, open up the Settings menu, navigate to Gaming option in left sidebar, select Advanced options and remove Virtualization check box – this should improve gaming performance on Windows 11. Alternatively, third-party programs like Razer Cortex, Smart Game Booster or RagnoTech Low Specs Experience could provide even greater gaming performance improvement.

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