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Best Windows 11 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Windows 11 comes with a ton of changes. A new UI, android app compatibility, improved resources management, and so much more are all packed into Microsoft’s brand-new operating system.

However, it is still the same OS underneath, and that’s a good thing. If you made the jump to Windows 11, you may realize a few things have changed, starting with the placement of the Start button.

This guide has jotted down a few Windows 11 tips and tricks to help you with the transition and learn new features.

Change the Taskbar and Start Menu Alignment.

To change the Taskbar alignment:

  • Right-click on the Taskbar and select Taskbar Settings.
  • Alternatively, go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar to access the Taskbar settings.
  • Scroll down and click on Taskbar behaviors.
  • Click the drop-down for Taskbar alignment and select Left. Windows 11 Taskbar will now move to the left.
  • Press Win + I to open Settings.
  • Next, open the Personalization tab in the left pane.
  • Click on Start.
  • Here, toggle the switch for Show recently opened item in Start, Jump List, and file Explorer to Off.
  • Now, if you click Start, you will find a vacant space under Recommended. To fill the void, you can show recently installed apps.
  • Go to Personalization > Start and toggle the switch for Show recently added apps to On.

Display the Classic Right-Click Menu.

Windows 11 comes with a new simplified right-click menu. It is less cluttered and shows only the most frequently used options.

However, the classic context menu is still part of Windows 11. To access it, right-click in File Explorer and select Show more options to open a spill-over menu. You can also use the Shift + F10 keyboard shortcut to access this option.

Customize Snap Windows

With the new Snap windows feature, you can automatically resize and arrange windows on your screen. If you are used to the Win + Arrow shortcut in Windows 10, the new iteration takes it a step further. Though, the shortcuts are still effective.

To snap windows in Windows 11, hover your mouse over the Maximize/Resize button, and you will see a snapping template. Choose your preferred template for the active window and then continue to snap other windows accordingly.

Where’s the Task Manager?

In Windows 10, you can access the Task Manager directly from the Taskbar. However, that has changed in Windows 11. While there are various ways to access the Task Manager in Windows 11, an easy way to do it is from the Start menu.

To open the Task Manager, right-click on Start or press Win + X and select it from the WinX menu that appears.

Add Folders to the Start Menu

  • Press Win + I to open Settings.
  • Click on the Personalization tab in the left pane.
  • Next, click on Start and then on Folders.
  • Here, you can choose which folders appear on Start next to the Power button. To add, toggle the switch for each folder and set it to On.

Use Focus Session to Increase Productivity

Windows 11’s new clock app features a Focus Sessions tab. This tool is a handy productivity-focused feature that can help you build healthy digital habits, set daily goals, and challenge yourself.

When you open the Focus Session tab, you will see a focus timer, your daily progress report, and the options to sync your Spotify playlist and Microsoft To-Do account.

  • Press Win + S to open the Search bar.
  • Type clock and open the app from the search list.
  • In the Clock app, open the Focus session tab.
  • Next, set your daily goal to study or work in hours. Focus Sessions will automatically include a few five-minute breaks every 30 minutes.
  • Click the Start focus session button and start working until the reminder pop-up asks you to take a few minutes off.

Whether you are a power user or trying to get familiar with Windows 11, these tips and tricks will help you adjust to the changes in the new OS.

While some tricks are just a carry-over from Windows 10, the new version comes with its own set of nifty features to further enhance the experience.