Windows 11, the newest operating system from Microsoft, is a breath of fresh air for PC users. Designed to provide a personalized experience, it offers many ways to change your PC’s interface, from how windows looks to how apps can be accessed. Here are some Windows 11 customization features that will give you more control over your PC settings.
CHANGE YOUR THEME
The most recognizable way to customize Windows 11 is by changing your theme. Your theme includes your desktop background, cursor customization, contrast themes for the visually impaired, and lock screen image. Just right-click anywhere on your desktop, then click on Personalize. This will direct you to the Personalization menu, where you can examine and choose different backgrounds and themes. You can even create new customizable themes by using images directly from your photo album. You can also see more themes in the Microsoft Store by clicking “Browse more”. Note: If you choose to apply a Contrast Theme, remember you will not be able to apply another theme outside of this family until it is disabled.
If illuminated screens are not your favorite, Windows 11 is here to save the day. To change your desktop’s colors, right-click on your desktop, choose Personalize, and click Colors. Then, select Dark under “Choose your default Windows mode”. This changes the colors of your taskbar and Start menu. If you want to change the color of your apps from white to black, pick Dark under “Choose your default app mode”. To restore your default settings, follow the same procedure under “Choose your default app mode” but click Light.
CREATE VIRTUAL DESKTOPS
Have you been working from home for the last couple of years and you are just so tired of having so many tabs open all the time? Creating a virtual desktop is the solution we never knew we wanted! You can do this by clicking on the Task view icon on the taskbar. This will display all your open windows. Just drag and drop windows to the “New desktop” space on the lower part of the screen to create another desktop. Repeat the process if you want to add more windows to the new desktop. To add multiple virtual desktops, hover over the Task view icon and click on the + sign. To remove a virtual desktop, hover over the Task view icon and click the X button on the desktop you want to delete.
TRY SNAP LAYOUTS
Snapping is not a new feature, but Windows 11 makes it more efficient by allowing the user to snap any app or window wherever they are on their PC. Access snap layouts by hovering over a window’s maximize button or pressing Win + Z. You can then see which layouts are available to you, and pick the one that best suits your demands.
REORGANIZE YOUR START MENU
You can also adjust the Start Menu with app arrangement. For instance, you can drag applications all over the Start Menu. Or, if you are not interested in a particular application, simply right-click an icon and select Unpin from Start. Accordingly, if you want quick access to your most-beloved apps, right-click on an app and choose Pin to Taskbar.
DISABLE ALL YOUR NOTIFICATIONS
Some people prefer to be distracted, however, some do not. If you’re one of those people and wish to never see notifications ever again, click on the gear icon on the taskbar to open Settings. Then, choose System > Notifications. From there, you can switch off whatever app notifications you don’t want popping up on your screen.
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