New in 22H2: Quick Settings

Posted on June 13, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 14 Comments

Clearly inspired by a similar interface in Chrome OS, Quick settings debuted in Windows 11, providing pop-up access to often-needed settings. It’s getting a single major update in Windows 11 version 22H2—it can now be used to manage connected Bluetooth devices directly without needing to open the Settings app as before—and several smaller updates.

Quick settings is very useful but it takes a bit of getting used to. It basically combines three formerly separate system tray icons—Network, Speakers, and Power—into a single selectable item that triggers a configurable pop-up interface when selected.

Oddly, each of those items is still separate when you right-click. This lets you access network settings, various sound options, and power and sleep settings, respectively.

In Windows 11 version 21H2, the Wi-Fi Connections quick settings button is split, allowing you to find and choose a Wi-Fi network without having to open Settings. But the Bluetooth quick settings button is just a normal button that you can click to toggle the Bluetooth radio on and off. (You can also right-click it to access Bluetooth settings in the Settings app.)

In Windows 11 version 22H2, the Bluetooth quick settings button works like the Wi-Fi Connections quick settings button, in that it now offers a split. If you click the left half of the button, you will the Bluetooth radio on or off as before. And if you click the right side, you can access your Bluetooth-connected devices and see other nearby Bluetooth devices that you may wish to connect with.

There are also other changes to Quick settings in 22H2. For example, the Focus assist button has been removed because of changes to that feature (which we’ll discuss soon). As before, the list of available quick settings buttons—and other features, like a display brightness slider—will vary somewhat according to the capabilities of your PC.

Finally, there’s a new edge gesture for those with touchscreen PCs: you can swipe up from the lower right bottom of the screen to display Quick settings in Windows 10 version 22H2, and swipe down in the same area to dismiss it.

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Comments (14)

14 responses to “New in 22H2: Quick Settings”

  1. CMDV

    Ugh...just go with one button for Quick Settings...multiple panels to expand/collapse as you need (like notifications/calendar). Just clean up, be consistent and simplify.

    • darkgrayknight

      Those three icons do provide up-to-date information: are you connected to a network (ethernet or wi-fi), is the audio muted or not, is the battery charging or not and what level is the battery at.

      So it would not be as useful to remove the three icons since at a glance they can tell a lot of information.

  2. navarac

    ....Clearly inspired by a similar interface in Chrome OS....

    Yep, that's Windows 11 in general, delivered by the youngsters brought up in the US education system and chromebooks.

    • hrlngrv

      None of the 30-somethings and older who should be MANAGERS and final say on design decisions would have had Chromebooks in secondary school and almost certainly wouldn't have been using them in university.

      The 20-somethings are either just so persuasive or so much more masterful than their older supervisors and managers that they get their own way?

      I figure there are a lot of older people at MSFT who've never used Chrome OS but what a DUMBED DOWN UI. Damn good question why that's the case, but that does seem to me to be the actual state of affairs.

  3. VMax

    I'm finding that split Bluetooth button super useful - it's one of the few things I miss when switching back to Windows 10.

    FWIW, minor error in para 2, "Network, Battery, and Power" should presumably be "Network, Audio, and Power" or similar.

  4. Newtronic

    I guess it's "quick" to take one more click to get to your vpn compared to windows 10.

  5. wright_is

    Had VPN gone AWOL? That is the only setting I use in a daily basis.

  6. gadgetenvy

    It is almost phone-like, not in a bad way. I like the desktop OS borrowing from phone/tablet OS stuff.

  7. thedeuce01

    Not to hijack the conversation...but I'm curious about what those that follow this thread (and site) think about moving from 10 to 11 at this point. And @paul, if this is not the place feel free to delete this. I used to rush to install the latest and am probably one of the few that kinda liked Win8. However, I share a laptop with my wife who hates change and have held off so far in upgrading. Is Win11 usable for the average user or is it still going to have annoying changes that make it hard to get used to? Is it any better at power management and efficiency/speed? What do y'all think?

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