Windows 11 is the next major release of the Windows operating system from Microsoft, and includes a major overhaul of the user interface with translucent windows, new icons, fonts, and rounded corners. A more noticeable change is the start menu and taskbar, which are now centred.
Although for die hard Windows fans, you can still align the taskbar to the left if you prefer. It’s worth noting that the centred approach is easier to use, as the start button and apps are more easily accessible with a mouse. If you want to put the menu back on the left, right-click on the taskbar, select “taskbar settings”. Click on “taskbar behaviours” to open up the options. Under “Taskbar alignment” click on the drop down menu to the right that says “center”. Change this to “left”.
The start menu is quite different from Windows 10. The tiles have been removed and you now have a streamlined menu with app icons along the top, and recently opened files or apps along the bottom.
Windows Search has been reduced to a magnifying glass icon on the task bar
When you click the icon, you to search for apps, files and settings.
New snap layouts make multi tasking easier. This feature allows you to quickly arrange your windows on the screen using various pre-set templates. Just hover your mouse over the maximise icon on the top right of the window, then select a layout.
File Explorer has been redesigned with a more modern looking interface. The ribbon along the top has been reduced to some commonly used tools. You’ll also see some new icons for devices, files and folders.
You’ll find file explorer on the taskbar.
The Settings App has also been redesigned, giving a more intuitive and consistent look across the available settings. The main categories are now listed down the left hand side, with settings in the categories appearing in the right hand panel.
You’ll find the settings app on the start menu.
A new redesigned Microsoft Store store plus android apps.
You’ll find the Microsoft Store on your start menu.
Microsoft Teams has been integrated into Windows 11 allowing better connectivity. You’ll be able to access this feature using the chat icon on the taskbar.
Find more information in our accompanying textbook: Exploring Windows 11. Click the book cover for more info.