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Windows 11: 5 settings you need to change right now

After many years of seeding Windows 10, Microsoft has finally released Windows 11. Windows 11 brings a lot of visual and functionality changes and going through all of these will take some time for most users. One such feature is its Settings app that is redesigned and enhanced to suit modern users. You can also make changes to some default settings to improve your overall experience of using the new Windows 11 OS.

If you have recently updated to Windows 11, and want to make some productivity changes from day one, you may want to tweak some settings to make them more like Windows 10.

Windows 11 Settings you should check & change right away

Realigning the start button

One of the first things you will see on Windows 11 is the macOS-like Taskbar, which is now center-aligned. All your pinned apps and the Start button are pinned to the center of the screen. You can, however, change this and align your taskbar on the left again.

How to do this:

  • Simply right-click on an empty area of the taskbar then tap on the taskbar settings button.
  • In the sections, you see, expand on the ‘Taskbar behaviors’ section
  • From the Taskbar alignment drop-down, choose Left instead of Centre.

Disable Annoying Notifications

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Windows 11 lets you disable unwanted notifications. For this, Open the Windows 11 Settings page and move to System -> Notifications. Scroll down to the bottom and disable the toggles for “Offer suggestions on how I can set up my device” and “Get tips and suggestions when I use Windows”.

Disable Ads

If you want to get rid of ads, open the Windows 11 Settings app and move to Privacy & security. Here, under the General section, disable all the toggles. This will make your experience much better.

Title Bar shake feature

The ‘Title Bar shake’ feature is bliss for the people who work with multiple windows and programs open at the same time. Whenever you have too many windows open, simply click on the title bar of the main window you are working on, and drag it left and right quickly a few times to quickly minimize all other windows.

You will, however, need to enable this feature first for it to work. To do this, navigate to Windows Settings/ System/ Multitasking and turn on the ‘Title bar window shake’ feature.

Change Screen Refresh Rate

It supports high refresh-rate displays. If your monitor sports a high refresh-rate screen, you can in fact choose a refresh rate from Windows 11 Settings app.

To do that, open Settings and navigate to Display -> Advanced Display. At the bottom, you can choose the refresh rate from the drop-down menu.

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