Configuring fresh Windows 11 installation – Final tips and recommendations – Part 7

We are at the end of the series, I tried to show a little bits of what you can do in Windows 11, and pick up maybe some new things you didn’t know. Windows 11 is really powerful OS, and is like a Swiss knife, if only a bit cleaner (bloatware, ads…), it would be perfect. Let’s go through final recommendations

Let’s start with few recommendations of what else you should check out, and maybe try and install

# Microsoft Store

Consider when looking for apps you use, a lot of them are now accessible through MS STORE – VLC, IrfanVIew…

# Widgets

I don’t use the feature because it opens links in Edge primarily (it doesn’t matter if you have other browser set as default) and pulls info only from Microsoft sources (MSN, Bing…) so you cannot add third party sources. However you may find it interesting as a weather or news source, so check it out.

# Focus Assist / Do not Disturb

I do not use these functions in Windows, since I configure the OS in the way that I’m not bothered with distractions. It is much more needed in my use case in mobile platforms I use because of calls/messages…

# Phone link

Link your Android (supported Samsung devices) device to Windows. iOS is also supported from recently – You will need to login to your Microsoft account and initial setup takes up to 40 minutes.

You need to have Link to Windows on your device.

In the end you will be able to make calls, send messages, view media, toggle do not disturb or ring settings from your PC on your phone.

# Microsoft Power Automate

Helps you automate workflows between various apps and services, check it out.

Random Shortcuts / Tips

Quick access menu – Winkey + X

Multitasking – ALT + TAB

Search – Winkey + S

Task Manager – CTRL + SHIFT + ESC

File Explorer – Winkey + E

File Explorer – New Tab – CTRL + T

File Explorer – CTRL + TAB to switch to next tab, or CTRL+ SHIFT+TAB to switch to previous tab

Settings – Winkey + I

Task View – Winkey + TAB

Create New Virtual Desktop – Win + CTRL + D

Switch Between Virtual Desktops – Win + CTRL + LEFT/RIGHT ARROW

Right click menu old style – hold SHIFT while pressing right click

Show Desktop – Winkey + D (or click on a space behind clock/date on taskbar)

Search – press Start (or Winkey on keyboard) and start typing – Windows will start search.

Right click on Start shows button on taskbar will show Quick access menu (you can access plenty of settings here like Device manager, Disk Management, System…)

Display Notifications – Winkey + N

And that is that, of course we haven’t covered nearly all what can be done and set, but I hope it was useful.

Windows Configuration / Tips and Tricks – Part 1

Windows Configuration / Tips and Tricks – Part 2

Windows Configuration / Tips and Tricks – Part 3

Windows Configuration / Tips and Tricks – Part 4

Windows Configuration / Tips and Tricks – Part 5

Windows Configuration / Tips and Tricks – Part 6

Windows Configuration / Tips and Tricks – Part 7