Do not disturb and Focus are two related Windows 11 features that are designed to minimize distractions and help us stay focused on our work.
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Windows 11 includes a feature called Desktops that lets you create multiple virtual desktops, each with its own apps, and then easily switch between them.
Task Manager is a powerful system utility that provides task management, startup application management, and other advanced features.
Snap is a set of Windows 11 features that lets you organize how your open apps, Microsoft Edge tabs, and other windows appear onscreen.
Windows 11 includes a fun feature called Shake that lets you literally shake the currently-focused app window to hide (minimize) all other open windows.
Task view works much like Alt-Tab in that it lets you switch between open apps and other windows. But it offers some key advantages over Alt-Tab as well.
Alt-Tab is the simplest and oldest multitasking user interface in Windows, and it works as it did in Windows 10 and previous Windows versions.
Quick settings is a new interface in Windows 11 that appears when you select the Network, Volume, or Power buttons in the Taskbar's system tray.
As with its predecessors, Windows 11 offers an integrated Search feature that's accessible from the Taskbar or the Start menu.
Windows 11 includes a news feed that consists of a Widgets button on the Taskbar with a live weather forecast and a widget board that displays widgets and news content cards.
Though most of the items it contains are now centered by default, the Windows 11 Taskbar looks and works much like that in previous Windows versions.
The Windows 11 Start menu is significantly different than that in Windows 10 and previous Windows versions.
The Windows 11 Desktop works much as it did in Windows 10, but it has been updated with new iconography and a new Themes feature.
The Lock screen provides a number of useful displays, including the date and time, an alert from a single app, and a high-quality photo that changes every day by default.
Windows 11 will try to select the correct resolution and optimize the scaling for your PC's display based on its size and capabilities.
Like its predecessor, Windows 11 gives you numerous privacy-related options to configure. That said, examining these options is tedious.
After you complete a clean install or have signed into a new Windows 11 PC for the first time, you should make sure that everything is working properly before moving on.
Windows 11 requires individuals who configure a PC for personal use to connect to the Internet and sign in with a Microsoft account (MSA) during initial setup.
Though Windows 11 is largely identical to Windows 10 internally, Microsoft changed the hardware requirements and will block the upgrade on many PCs that run Windows 10 successfully.
The Windows 11 Out of Box Experience (OOBE) is the first thing you will see when you purchase a new Windows 11-based PC and turn it on for the first time.
You use a wizard-based application called Windows Setup to install and configure Windows 11.
If your PC hardware is compatible and you're lucky, Windows Update will simply offer you the Windows 11 upgrade on your Windows 10-based PC
While Windows 11 is, in many ways, an improvement over Windows 10, it is also missing many features from its predecessor.
Microsoft describes Windows 11 as being "fresh and familiar," and while that sounds paradoxical, it's true.
Before you can install or upgrade to Windows 11, you need to have the Windows Setup program and associated files available.
Windows 11 has stricter hardware compatibility requirements than its predecessor, and these requirements artificially limit which PCs can be upgraded from Windows 10.