New to Windows 11? Beyond the new look, here are a handful of our favorite Windows 11 features, including a new store, settings app, wallpapers, and more. that every PC user should consult.
Here are the new Windows 11 features
The new Microsoft Store
Windows 11 comes with a brand new Microsoft Store app that brings a new look to showcase apps, games, and entertainment in an engaging way. It’s also much easier to navigate than the older version of the store (which came with Windows 10).
Big new features include sidebar navigation with an obvious “Library” link, a new search bar at the top, and a generally attractive layout. Rounded corners have never looked so good.
The Settings application
Without a doubt, the new Windows 11 Settings app is a breath of fresh air and a welcome change from Windows 10. Along with the clean Windows 11 theme with rounded corners, it adds a handy new sidebar and in-line navigation. breadcrumb.
The new Settings app also includes more options that were previously only available in Control Panel, which Microsoft has been slowly migrating from. As always, you can quickly launch Settings by pressing Windows + i on your keyboard to check it.
New themes and wallpapers
Windows 11 dazzles with stunning new desktop wallpaper artwork, each linked to a different theme that matches the artwork with appropriate highlights and light or dark window colors.
When choosing themes (in Settings> Personalization> Themes), you can also quickly switch between light mode and dark mode by selecting Windows Light or Windows Dark themes, and Windows 11’s famous swirling blue background will change accordingly. If you are tired of Windows 11 built-in themes, you can also install new free or premium themes from the Microsoft Store.
The quick settings menu
The Settings app isn’t the only new settings-related feature in Windows 11. Microsoft’s new operating system also includes a Quick Settings menu hidden in the taskbar. To access it, click on the area containing the WiFi, Speaker or Battery icons (just to the left of the clock) at the far right of the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
When the Quick Settings menu appears, you can use it to enable or disable features like Bluetooth, WiFi, Airplane Mode, etc. You’ll also have quick access to a volume slider, and if you’re on a device with a screen connected, a brightness slider as well. It’s very useful!
Window snap controls
Windows 11 includes a handy Snap feature that automatically resizes and moves your Windows to predefined areas of the screen, and it can also configure them in six different templates.
While Windows 10 also included similar functionality, Windows 11 expands it with more complex layouts and a handy pop-up guide that appears if you hover your mouse cursor over the Maximize button (in the top right corner) of n any window.
Microsoft Team Chat
While Microsoft Teams has been around for a while, Microsoft recently decided to integrate it tightly into Windows 11 with a simplified “Chat” feature accessible by clicking an icon (which looks like a purple word bubble) that is in the taskbar. When you click on it, you will see an instant messaging-style chat window open.
You can also extend the conversation in the full Teams app which enables collaboration with others and initiating audio or video calls. If Teams isn’t your style, you can easily turn it off, but we think it’s still worth checking out.
The widgets menu
Microsoft has included a brand new widget menu in Windows 11 that offers a quick overview of weather forecasts, stock prices, sports scores, news, and more.
While the news part of the widget isn’t without its issues (including that you can’t turn it off), the widget bar could evolve into an ever better part of Windows 11 over time. If you don’t like it, it’s easy to hide it. For everyone, it’s an easy way to keep tabs on the news.