There have already been plenty of improvements in the Windows Insider channels, which allow users to test features in development. But it looks like Microsoft is rolling all of these into the first major update of Windows 11. If you tuned into Microsoft’s Surface event on September 22 then you might already have seen that Windows 11 drivers will be pre-installed onto the Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3, and the Surface Laptop Studio. This isn’t surprising as all these products have been released on the same date that Windows 11 became available for public download so Microsoft will want to push its latest operating system. If you’re using the Insider Build, there’s already ways of customizing the taskbar and the start menu, including moving the icons back to the left. Microsoft will be rolling out the update to eligible devices over the coming months, with users being notified when the update is available for them.
- Click the bar so that you can see all of the Quick Setting toggles.
- Faster load times, better frame-rates, closer integration with Game Pass, all of that’s good news.
- Trusted Platform Module 2.0, aka TPM 2.0, is one of those requirements.
Instead, you can opt for GIFs which can not only help you save data but also time. ShareX allows you to easily screen record any window on your screen and then automatically saves it in the .GIF format. This can be quite useful if you screen record your workflow and share regular explainers with your colleagues or staff.
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You can find out whether your device is compatible using the PC Health Check app. All the things we discuss here are optional, third-party programs or features that you can download, almost all of them for free. That means it’s possible that they’ll keep working even after Windows 11 rolls out. Some may be updated because the new OS duplicates their features, or they may be replaced entirely, so keep that in mind as you try these out. But if you’re an adventurous type who likes to experiment with your PC, read on.
But this gives a big area where you may use your mouse or your finger, making it easy for everybody. It seems like Microsoft is not as committed to a release date as it was, however, so we still could see that feature show up soon. Next on our list is a fun app to use in your downtime at school. If you’re not the best artist, you can use the Tracing app to learn how to draw!
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Instead, Windows 11 behaves more like an iPad, where when you switch your device to a tablet, things become easier to touch. You’ll even see an effect under your window when you touch it with your finger. Microsoft also added gestures for opening and closing windows, switching between desktops, and new options in the Windows Ink Workspace. All of these aren’t in Windows 10’s tablet mode, which was hard to understand for many. You can no longer sync your desktop wallpaper; Internet Explorer and the Math Input panel are gone; and a few apps are also removed. Those apps are 3D viewer, OneNote for Windows 10, Paint 3D, and Skype.
And aside from some expected bugs here and there, most people have been pretty happy with the upgrade. To check, right-click the Start button or use the Windows + X keyboard shortcut and then click Disk Management in the menu that pops up. Right-click whatever drive that Windows is installed on , then click Properties, then check the Volumes tab. If your partition style is listed as MBR, that’s when you’ll need to convert the drive. I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017.
After many years of using Snagit , this has become my primary screenshot method. Hit the Shift-Windows Key-S keyboard combo, and you have a choice of shooting the full screen, a rectangular selection, a freehand selection, or an individual program window. An alternative way to invoke Snip & Sketch is via the Action Center’s Screen snip button. The software will take a scrolling screenshot and present you with an array of options to edit, annotate, save locally or upload the image to third-party cloud services.