10 tricks for Windows 11 that will save you day to day

Windows 11 came as a surprise when we were all accustomed to Windows 10. Over time, some of us have upgraded Windows and enjoyed features like the new Start menu, widgets, or support for Android apps. But beyond what is announced by Microsoft, every day we find new tricks for Windows 11, small discoveries that they make our day to day easier.

As usual in Windows, things can always be done in several ways. And it's possible that what you do in a way has a shortcut or trick that you did not know and that will save you time, it will be more comfortable for you or, directly, it will give you access to options you were looking for and you didn't know where they were.

So without further ado, here are some tricks for Windows 11 with which everything will be easier, faster and more comfortable. We do not know during how much time We'll be using Windows 11, but we do know that once you figure out these tricks, there's no going back.

The secret Start menu

One of the novelties of Windows 11 is its revamped start menu. Instead of the usual menu, you will now see a window with search engine and shortcuts to the apps you've installed and the documents you last used. From there, search for what you want in the search engine and it will appear instantly.

But as a second option, you have a Start menu alternative or secret. Its purpose is to show all the Windows tools and functions that we usually need on certain occasions and that are not always at the forefront. This secret Start menu is very bare-bones, a list that includes Windows Terminal, Computer Management, System, Run, Task Manager, Power Options, and so on. Basically everything you had on hand in the already abandoned Control Panel and what is it for personalize Windows.

Accessing this alternative Start menu is easy. Simply press the Windows key and the letter X or instead do a right click on of the Start menu icon.

where is the dark mode

Both Android and iOS, macOS and now Windows they have dark mode. The dark mode or night mode has become fashionable. A way to change the appearance of the operating system with darker tones and, incidentally, save battery life and make your eyes not hurt so much at night.

Windows 11 could not be an exception and it has a dark mode that you can activate manually. From the Windows settings, we are going to Personalization > Colors > Choose your mode. There you can choose between light mode and dark mode. This mainly affects the background and windows of Windows and other applications. Also to the pages you load in the browser.

If you just want Windows 11 to have a darker tone, you can use the dark theme directly. From Settings > Personalization you will find a selection of themes for Windows 11. Among them, those that correspond to light mode and dark mode.

The concentration assistant

Among the most visible tricks for Windows 11, or notable among the new features of Windows, is what is known in English as focus sessions either Focus assist and in Spanish, concentration assistant. As its name suggests, its job is to prevent you from being distracted by everything you can see in Windows 11 and focus on that document or file you are working on.

Available from Settings > System > Focus Assist, it is the version for Windows of the already classic meeting mode of your phone. Both Android and iOS make it easy to silence your smartphone if you're in a meeting or working. This silences notifications, notices, and new messages.

In Windows 11, Focus Assist does the same thing. You can mute everything or just allow alarms and/or notifications from a list of priorities that you will configure previously. You can activate it by hand or program it when you go to play, during a time of day, when using an app in full screen, etc.

The usual context menu

Another novelty of Windows 11 is its new context menu, the one you see when you click on something with the right mouse button or with two fingers on your trackpad. This new menu is simpler and shows only the most important.

But you may prefer to return to the usual context menu, the Windows of all life. It includes more options and it will be more practical for you depending on what tasks. You can get it back momentarily by right-clicking on Show more options… or go to the keyboard shortcut Shift + F10.

Instant screenshots

To take screenshots in Windows 11 we have the Snipping Tool. His name says it all. By default, we can open it from the start menu and thus capture screen fragments, the entire screen or an active window. The tool is very complete, but it has the peculiarity that we depend on its main window.

But if you want to speed up the process of take a screenshot, we can use a keyboard shortcut for it. The most popular, the one of all life, consists of pressing the key PrintScreen either Print Screen. By pressing that key, a screenshot of the entire screen or full screen will go to the Clipboard. Paste it into any picture or drawing app to save it. If you like save capture automaticallypress Windows Key + Print Screen.

And if in Windows 11 you press the keys Windows + Shift + S, a stripped-down version of the Snipping Tool will appear for you to choose what kind of capture you want to take: a rectangle, a snippet with the margins clipped by hand, capture a window, or capture the entire screen. That capture will go to the Clipboard, although you will see for a few seconds a catch thumbnail to view it in the Snipping Tool, edit it, and save it.

Shake a window to hide the others

Sometimes, we open various applications, documents and folders. The result, an endless number of open windows that become a chaos that is difficult to order. If you like focus on a single window and hide the others at once, you can do it in a curious way.

We select a window and without releasing it, we shake it. All other windows will be hidden. By default, this Windows 11 feature is disabled. But activating it is as easy as going to Settings > System > Multitasking and activate the option “Shake title bar in windows”.

Storage under control

More tricks for Windows 11. Among the new features of Windows, some are inherited from iOS and Android. The goal is to simplify the options on view so that most users find what they want the first time. This means that many menus have been simplified or unified. This is the case of available disk space.

If we go to Settings > System > Storage In Windows 11 we will find a new way to see what we use disk space for. In addition to the total and available space of the main disk, we will see what applications and games or temporary files occupy. clicking on Show more categories We will also see music, videos, photographs, system files, documents, maps...

This will make it easier for you and how do a little cleaningdelete duplicates, move content to your cloud or external storage, delete what you don't want to keep.

If you get tired of typing, tell your computer

In recent years, Microsoft has gone to great lengths to introduce major improvements to reading text aloud or to recognizing your voice and converting it to typed text. In Windows 11, there are voice functions that we can activate and it is also possible dictate out loud so that Windows is in charge of transcribing it in any text application that you have open.

pressing the keys Windows + H this mode will be activated dictation. It is also activated from microphone icon of the virtual keyboard. The first time we will have to do a voice test so that the tool learns to recognize us and can make a good transcript.

A clipboard as God intended

There are new features in Windows 11 that affect such small details that they go unnoticed. In this compilation of tricks for Windows 11, the Windows Clipboard could not be missing, one of the oldest tools and that we use constantly, without realizing it. Every time you do CTRL+C and CTRL+V, the Clipboard is there.

Windows 11 allows your Clipboard to be much more than usual. Specifically, add a history to paste various things in the order you want. The usual thing in Windows is to copy something and paste it. But if you copy two things, you will only be able to paste the last one.

When you activate the clipboard history (key Windows + V) you will be able to choose which element to paste. It includes text, images, links, files... Another advantage of this new clipboard is that it allows you to insert emojis, emoticons and GIF animations in any text field: web pages, documents, chats, emails...

Battery usage by apps

The battery is an essential component of your Windows 11 laptop or tablet. So the more information the system gives us, the better decisions we can make regarding battery consumption and charge.

If we go to Settings > System > Power and battery we will find everything we need to customize the behavior of Windows 11 when it depends on the battery. At an informative level, we will see a graph with the battery level. If we click on See detailed information you will see how long the screen has been on or off, the battery percentage in the last 24 hours and, most interestingly, what apps consume more battery.

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