Windows 11 will include new touch gestures, Start menu folders, a redesigned Task Manager, and a slew of other enhancements. A new build of Windows 11 is now available for testers. The jam packed of new features that appear to improve overall usability of the operating system.
Users of Windows 11 will be able to organize the pinned section of the Start menu into folders with the new Start menu folders. You can create folders by dragging apps on top of each other, and also rearrange and delete apps within folders. Although the ability to rename folders will be added in future test builds, it’s good to see more customization on the Start menu, particularly since Windows 11 launched with few options for changing the menu’s appearance.
Microsoft is soon to release five new touch gestures for Windows 11 that will make tablet use a little easier. The first is the ability to bring up the Start menu by swiping up on the taskbar and dismissing it by swiping down. On the Start menu, you’ll be able to swipe between pinned, all apps, and recommended / more.
The third new touch gesture lets you swipe from the bottom right of the taskbar to show the Quick Settings menu — useful if you need to toggle airplane mode quickly or access Bluetooth settings. The animations for bringing up the Notification Center have also been improved, and touch-oriented apps now have a new full-screen gripper that prevents you from accidentally swiping from the tablet’s edges. Additionally, Microsoft says rotating your device between portrait and landscape orientation is also becoming “snapier” and “more responsive,”
The new Snap Layouts feature in Windows 11 is also getting better, allowing you to drag an app to the top of a window and see all the layouts available. Microsoft is also adding a Do Not Disturb mode to its Focus feature. It’s a lot easier to quickly silence notifications so that you only see the ones that are important or for alarms.
Live Captions will be available in Windows 11 via the Winkey + CTRL + L shortcut. People who are deaf or hard of hearing will benefit greatly from Live Captions, but they will be available to everyone and will be generated automatically on-device from any audio content. Captions can be displayed at the top or bottom of a screen or float in a window. This appears to be a fantastic accessibility enhancement for Windows 11.
Microsoft is also changing the default values for sleep and screen off in the power settings in Windows 11 in an effort to reduce energy consumption on PCs. These new settings will only appear if you clean installation Windows 11, but new PCs will presumably come with more aggressive sleep / screen off options in the future.
Last but not least, Windows 11’s Task Manager has been redesigned. It comes with a new command bar and a dark theme, as well as an efficiency mode that lets you limit how much system resources apps can use.
These new Windows 11 features are currently in testing, including the copy and paste feature, so some of them will most likely appear in monthly updates throughout 2022. Microsoft just released Windows 11’s first major update, and the company has stated that new features will not be released only once a year.