How to get help in windows 11

Windows 11 includes a Get Help application that can provide solutions to many problems. You’ll find it in your Start menu. Click the Start button, type “Get Help,” and click the “Get Help” shortcut that appears or press Enter.

How to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free

  • Check that your PC is officially supported through Microsoft’s PC Health Check app.
  • Back up all of your important documents, apps, and data.
  • On your Windows 10 PC, head into Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
  • Check for updates.
  • If the free Windows 11 upgrade is available, you’ll see an option to download and install.
  • Click download and install.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts and configure Windows 11 settings.

How to install Windows 11 from Windows 10?

If you’re upgrading from Windows 10, we recommend you wait until you’re notified through Windows Update that the upgrade is ready for your device. To check if Windows 11 is ready for your device, select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.

How do you open Windows 11 Help and Support?

Choose Help and Support Center from the Start menu or press the F1 key from any Windows screen or the Desktop.

How to get help in windows 11

  • Use the “Get Help” App
  • Press F1 for Help in Many Applications
  • Find Settings With the Start Menu
  • Try the Built-in Troubleshooters
  • Take Advantage of Microsoft’s Support Websites(You can search Microsoft’s Support website for solutions to many problems. Other solutions may be found on the Microsoft Community discussion forum.)

New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 11

Windows 11 brings a few Keyboard Shortcuts for accessing its cool new features such as widgets, snap layouts, action center, and quick settings.

FYI, Win the key is the Windows Logo key on your keyboard.

ACTIONSHORTCUTS KEYS
Open up the Widgets pane.
It supplies you with the weather forecast, local traffic, news, and even your calendar.
Win + W
Toggle up the Quick Settings.
It controls the Volume, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Brightness sliders, Focus Assist, and other settings.
Win + A
Bring up the Notification Center.
It shows all your notifications in the OS.
Win + N
Open the Snap Layouts flyout.
It helps you organize apps and windows for multitasking.
Win + Z
Open Teams Chat app from Taskbar.
It helps you quickly select a chat thread directly from the Taskbar.
Win + C

General and Popular Shortcuts for Windows 11

Here are the most frequently used and essential keyboard shortcuts for Windows 11.

ACTIONSHORTCUTS KEYS
Select all contentsCtrl + A
Copy the selected itemsCtrl + C
Cut the selected itemsCtrl + X
Paste the copied or cut itemsCtrl + V
Undo an actionCtrl + Z
Redo an actionCtrl + Y
Switch between the running applicationsAlt + Tab
Open Task ViewWin + Tab
Close the active app or If you are on Desktop, open the Shutdown box to shut down, restart, log out or put your PC to sleep.Alt + F4
Lock your computer.Win + L
Display and hide the desktop.Win + D
Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.Ctrl + Delete
Delete the selected item permanently.Shift + Delete
Capture a full screenshot and saves it in the clipboard.PrtScn or Print
Capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch.Win + Shift + S
Open Start button context menu.Windows + X
Rename selected item.F2
Refresh the active window.F5
Open Menu bar in the current app.F10
Go back.Alt + Left arrow
Go forward.Alt + Left arrow
Move up one screenAlt + Page Up
Move down one screenAlt + Page Down
Open Task Manager.Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Project a screen.Win + P
Print the current page.Ctrl + P
Select more than one item.Shift + Arrow keys
Save the current file.Ctrl + S
Save AsCtrl + Shift + S
Open a file in the current app.Ctrl + O
Cycle through the apps on the taskbar.Alt + Esc
Display your password on the login screenAlt + F8
Open the shortcut menu for the current windowAlt + Spacebar
Open properties for the selected item.Alt + Enter
Open the context menu (right-click menu) for the selected item.Alt + F10
Open Run command.Win + R
Open a new program window of the current appCtrl + N
Take a screen clippingWin + Shift + S
Open Windows 11 settingsWin + I
Go back to Settings home pageBackspace
Stop or close the current taskEsc
Enter/Exit the full-screen modeF11
Launch Emoji keyboardWin + period (.) or Win + semicolon (;)

Desktop and Virtual Desktops Shortcuts for Windows 11

These simple shortcuts will help you navigate your desktop and virtual desktops more smoothly.

ACTIONSHORTCUTS KEYS
Open Start menuWindow logo key (Win)
Switch keyboard layoutCtrl + Shift
View all open appsAlt + Tab
Select more than one item on the desktop Ctrl + Arrow keys + Spacebar
Minimize all open windowsWin + M
Maximize all minimized windows on the desktop.Win + Shift + M
Minimize or maximize all but the active windowWin + Home
Snap the current app or window to the LeftWin + Left Arrow Key
Snap the current app or window to the RIght.Win + Right Arrow Key
Stretch the active window to the top and bottom of the screen.Win + Shift + Up arrow key
Restore or minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width.Win + Shift + Down arrow key
Open Desktop viewWin + Tab
Add a new virtual desktopWin + Ctrl + D
Close the active virtual desktop.Win + Ctrl + F4
Toggle or switch to the virtual desktops you’ve created on the RightWin key + Ctrl + Right arrow
Toggle or switch to the virtual desktops you’ve created on the LeftWin key + Ctrl + Left arrow
Create a shortcutCTRL + SHIFT while dragging icon or file
Open WIndows SearchWin + S or Win + Q
Take a peek look at the desktop until you release the WINDOWS key.Win + Comma (,)

Taskbar Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11

You can use below keyboard shortcuts to take control of your taskbar:

ACTIONSHORTCUTS KEYS
Run an app as administrator from the taskbarCtrl + Shift + Left Click app button or icon
Open the app in the first position on your taskbar. Win + 1
Open the app in the number position from the taskbar.Win + Number (0 - 9)
Cycle through apps in the taskbar.Win + T
View Date and Time from the taskbarWin + Alt + D
Open another instance of an app from the taskbar.Shift + Left Click app button
Show the window menu for the group apps from the taskbar.Shift + Right-click grouped app icon
Highlight the first item in the Notification Area and use the Arrow key switch between the itemWin + B
Open the application’s menu on the task barAlt + Windows key + number keys

File Explorer Shortcuts for Windows 11

These keyboard shortcuts can help you navigate your Windows filesystem quickly than ever:

ACTIONSHORTCUTS KEYS
Open the File Explorer.Win + E
Open the search box in the file explorer.Ctrl + E
Open the current window in a new window.Ctrl + N
Close active window.Ctrl + W
Start the mark modeCtrl + M
Change the file and folder view.Ctrl + Mouse Scroll
Switch between left and right panesF6
Create a new folder.Ctrl + Shift + N
Expand all subfolders in the navigation pane on the left.Ctrl + Shift + E
Select address bar of the File Explorer.Alt + D
Changes folder view.Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8)
Display the preview panel.Alt + P
Open the Properties settings for the selected item.Alt + Enter
Expand the selected drive or folderNum Lock + plus (+)
Collapse the selected drive or folder.Num Lock + minus (-)
Expand all the subfolders under the selected drive or folder.Num Lock + asterisk (*)
Go the next folder.Alt + Right arrow
Go the previous folderAlt + Left arrow (or Backspace)
Go to the parent folder the folder was in.Alt + Up arrow
Switch focus to address bar.F4
Refresh the File ExplorerF5
Expand the current folder tree or select the first subfolder (if it’s expanded) in the left pane.Right Arrow key
Collapse the current folder tree or select the parent folder (if it’s collapsed) in the left pane.Left Arrow Key
Move to the top of the active window.Home
Move to the bottom of the active window.End

Command Prompt Shortcuts for Windows 11

If you are a Command Prompt user, then these shortcuts will come handy:

ACTIONSHORTCUTS KEYS
Scroll to the top of the Command Prompt (cmd).Ctrl + Home
Scroll to the bottom of the cmd.Ctrl + End
Select everything on the current line Ctrl + A
Move the cursor up a pagePage Up
Move the cursor down a pagePage Down
Enter Mark mode.Ctrl + M
Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer.Ctrl + Home (in Mark mode)
Move the cursor to the end of the buffer.Ctrl + End (in Mark mode)
Cycle through command history of active sessionUp or Down arrow keys
Move cursor left or right in the current command line.Left or Right arrow keys
Move your cursor to the start of the current lineShift + Home
Move your cursor to the end of the current lineShift + End
Move cursor up one screen and select text.Shift + Page Up
Move cursor down one screen and select text.Shift + Page Down
Move the screen up one line in the output history.Ctrl + Up arrow
Move the screen down one line in the output history.Ctrl + Down arrow
Move cursor up one line and select the text.Shift + Up 
Move cursor down one line and select the text.Shift + Down
Move the cursor one word at a time.Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Keys
Open search for Command Prompt.Ctrl + F

Dialog box Shortcuts for Windows 11

Use the following Windows hotkeys to navigate the Dialog box of any application easily:

ACTIONSHORTCUTS KEYS
Move forward through tabs.Ctrl + Tab
Move back through tabs.Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Switch to nth tab.Ctrl + N (number 1–9)
Show the items in the active list.F4
Move forward through options of the dialog boxTab
Move back through options of the dialog boxShift + Tab
Execute the command (or select the option) that is used with the underlined letter.Alt + underlined letter
Check or Uncheck the check box if the active option is a check box.Spacebar
Select or move to a button in a group of active buttons.Arrow keys
Open the parent folder if a folder is selected in the Open or Save As dialog box.Backspace

Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11

Windows 11 provides these keyboard shortcuts to make your computer more accessible and easier to use for everyone:

ACTIONSHORTCUTS KEYS
Open Ease of Access CentreWin + U
Turn on Magnifier and Zoom inWin + plus (+) 
Zoom out using MagnifierWin + minus (-) 
Exit MagnifierWin + Esc
Switch to docked mode in MagnifierCtrl + Alt + D
Switch to full-screen mode in MagnifierCtrl + Alt + F
Switch to lens mode in MagnifierCtrl + Alt + L
Invert colors in MagnifierCtrl + Alt + I
Cycle through views in MagnifierCtrl + Alt + M
Resize the lens with the mouse in Magnifier.Ctrl + Alt + R
Pan in the direction of the arrow keys in Magnifier.Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys
Zoom in or out using mouseCtrl + Alt + mouse scroll
Open NarratorWin + Enter
Open on-screen keyboardWin + Ctrl + O
Turn Filter Keys on and offPress Right Shift for eight seconds
Turn High Contrast on or offLeft Alt + left Shift + PrtSc
Turn Mouse Keys on or offLeft Alt + left Shift + Num Lock
Turn Sticky Keys on or offPress Shift five times
Turn Toggle Keys on or offPress Num Lock for five seconds
Open Action CenterWin + A

Other Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11

ACTIONSHORTCUTS KEYS
Open Game bar Win + G
Record the last 30 seconds of the active gameWin + Alt + G
Start or stop recording the active gameWin + Alt + R
Take a screenshot of the active gameWin + Alt + PrtSc
Show/hide recording timer of the gameWin + Alt + T
Start IME reconversionWin + forward slash (/)
Open Feedback HubWin + F
Launch Voice TypingWin + H
Open the Connect quick settingWin + K
Lock your device orientationWin + O
Display the System Properties PageWin + Pause
Search for PCs (if you’re on a network)Win + Ctrl + F
Move an app or window from one monitor to anotherWin + Shift + Left or Right arrow key
Switch input language and keyboard layoutWin + Spacebar
Open Clipboard HistoryWin + V
Switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop.Win + Y
Launch Cortana appWin + C
Open another instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.Win + Shift + Number key (0-9)
Switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.Win + Ctrl + Number key (0-9)
Open Jump List of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.Win + Alt + Number key (0-9)
Open another instance as an administrator of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.Win + Ctrl + Shift + Number key (0-9)

How to change system language on Windows 11

To change the Windows 11 default language, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Time & language.
  • Click the Language & region page in the right side.
  • Under the “Language” section, click the Add a language button for the “Preferred languages” setting.Search for the new language.
  • Select the language.

How to stop syncing the language preferences on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Accounts.
  • Click the Windows backup page in the right side.
  • Click the Remember my preferences setting.
  • Clear the Language preferences option.

Configure region settingson Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Time & language.
  • Click the Language & region page in the right side.
  • Under the “Region” section, use the Country or region setting to select the current location (if applicable).
  • Use the “Regional format” setting to select the correct formats for the new region’s date and time (if applicable).
  • Under the “Related settings” section, click the Administrative language settings option.
  • Click the Administrative tab.
  • Under the “Language for non-Unicode programs” section, click the Change system locale button.
  • Select the new system locale by specifying the new language.
  • Click the OK button.
  • Click the Cancel button.
  • Click the Copy settings button.
  • Under the “Copy your current settings to” section, check the Welcome screen and system accounts and New user accounts options.
  • Click the OK button.
  • Click the OK button again.
  • Click the Restart now button.

How to disable Taskbar Show desktop button on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Taskbar page on the right side. Source: Windows Central.
  • Click the Taskbar behaviors setting.
  • Clear the Select the far corner of the taskbar to show the desktop option. Source: Windows Central.

How to enable Taskbar Show desktop option in Taskbar on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Taskbar page on the right side.
  • Click the Taskbar behaviors setting.
  • Check the Select the far corner of the taskbar to show the desktop option.

How to use Snap assist on Windows 11

You can adjust the snap layouts by going to “Settings” > “System” > “Multitasking.” You have a variety of options that you can enable or disable.

How to enable Snap assist on Windows 11

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click the Multitasking page on the right side.
  4. Turn on Snap windows toggle switch to enable the feature.
  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click the Multitasking page on the right side.
  • Turn on Snap windows toggle switch to enable the feature.

How to disable Snap assist on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click the Multitasking page on the right side.
  • Click the Snap windows setting.
  • Clear the Show snap layouts when I hover over a window’s maximize button option.

Disable Snap groups on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click the Multitasking page on the right side.
  • Click the Snap windows setting.
  • Clear the Show snap layouts that the app is part of when I hover over the taskbar buttons option.

How to configure Snap assist settings on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click the Multitasking page on the right side.
  • Turn on Snap windows toggle switch to enable the feature (if applicable).
  • Click the Snap windows setting to expand the options.
  • Check or clear the options you want to use on Windows 11 when snapping windows:
    • When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it — disables the preview to select other windows to snap in the screen.
    • Show snap layouts when I hover over a window’s maximize button — disables Snap layouts from the Maximize button.
    • Show snap layouts that the app is part of when I hover over the taskbar buttons — disables Snap groups from the Taskbar.
    • When I drag a window, let me snap it without dragging all the way to the screen edge — if disabled, you would have to drag the windows with the mouse to the very edge of the screen to snap it. If enabled, Snap assist will react long before reaching the end of the screen.
    • When I snap a window, automatically size it to fill available space — prevents the second window from using the remaining screen real estate.
    • When I resize a snapped window, simultaneously resize any adjacent snapped window — If you turn off this option, you will need to resize snapped windows manually.

How to use the Windows 11 Snap layouts

  • Hover over the Maximize button.
  • Select one of the four or six available layouts by choosing where you want to snap the first window.
  • Select from the preview the next app you want to snap.
  • Continue snapping windows, depending on the layout you selected.

How to snap three windows in the screen on Windows 11

  • Click the title bar of the app.
  • Drag the window to the left or right edge of the screen and drop it when you see the Snap assist preview.
  • Press the Esc key on the keyboard.
  • Click the title bar of a second window.
  • Drag and drop the window to one of the corners.
  • Select the third window to snap it to the remaining corner.

How to add quick access to Task Manager on Windows 11

How to add Task Manager access from Taskbar

  • Open Start.
  • Search for Task Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  • Right-click the icon and select the Pin to taskbar option.
  • (Optional) Click and drag the icon closest to the “Start” button.

How to add Task Manager access from Start menu

  • Open Start.
  • Search for Task Manager, right-click the top result, and select the Pin to taskbar option.
  • Right-click the Task Manager icon in the Start’s “Pinned” section and select the Move to top option.

How to add Task Manager access from Desktop

  • Use the Windows key + D keyboard shortcut (if applicable).
  • Right-click a space on the desktop.
  • Select the New submenu and choose the Shortcut option.
  • Type the following command and click the Next button: taskmgr
  • Confirm a name for the shortcut – for example, Task Manager.
  • Click the Finish button.

How to get started with the Chat app on Windows 11

How to set up Chat on Windows 11

  • Click the Chat button in the Taskbar.
  • Click the Continue button.
  • Click the Get started button.
  • (Optional) Check the Sync Outlook.com and Skype contacts option.
  • Click the Let’s go button.

How to use Chat on Windows 11

  • Click the Chat button in the Taskbar.
  • Click the Chat button.
  • In the “To:” field, type the email or phone number of the person you want to contact, and press Enter.
  • In the text box, compose your message.
  • Optional) Click the Format button to bring up the tools to customize your text with different styles similar to sending an email.
  • (Optional) Click the Attach Files button to send images and other types of files.Quick tip: You can drag and drop files to the text box to attach them.
  • Click the Send button.

How to start a group chat on Windows 11

  • Click the Chat button in the Taskbar.
  • Click the Chat button.
  • In the “To:” field, type the email or phone number of the person you want to contact, and press Enter.
  • Repeat step 3 to add more people.
  • Confirm the chat group name.
  • In the text box, compose your message.
  • (Optional) Click the Polls button to send a question in the form of a poll.
  • Compose the question and the answers.
  • Click the Save button.
  • Click the Send button.

How to start group video call with Windows 11

  • Click the Chat button in the Taskbar.
  • Click the Meet button.
  • Turn on the microphone toggle switch.
  • Turn on the webcam toggle switch.
  • (Optional) Click the Background filters option.
  • Select the Blur option to blur the background.
  • (Optional) Click the Settings (gear icon) button to change the microphone, camera, and speakers settings.
  • Click the Join button.
  • Click the Copy meeting link button.
  • Send the link to the people you want to join the call.

How to use Microsoft Teams on Windows 11

  • Open Start.
  • Search for Microsoft Teams and click the top result to open the app.
  • Click the Activity tab to view mentions and other activities with Chat.
  • Click the Chat tab to view and access your recent conversations.
  • Click the Calendar tab to view any upcoming events or schedule new meetings.

How to change the Microsoft Teams settings on Windows 11

  • Open Start.
  • Search for Microsoft Teams and click the top result to open the app.
  • Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right corner and select the Settings option.
  • Click the General tab.
  • (Optional) Clear the Auto-start Teams box to prevent the app from launching in the background as you start the computer.
  • Click the Notifications tab.
  • (Optional) Turn off the Show message preview toggle switch if you don’t want to see notification previews for new messages.
  • Click the Edit button.
  • Configure the notifications for mentions, messages, likes, and reactions.
  • Click the Appearance and accessibility tab.
  • (Optional) Change the theme color to light, dark, or high contrast.
  • (Optional) Turn on the Follow operating system theme toggle switch.Quick note: On this page, you can also turn animations on or off, and you can change the default language.
  • Click the Privacy tab.
  • Under the “Sync contacts” section, click the Manage button to choose where to sync the contact from.
  • Under the “Manage blocked users” section, click the Manage blocked users button to view and unblock users as necessary.
  • Under the “Manage how people can find you” section, click the Manage contact information button to device how people can find you through Teams.
  • Turn off the Read receipts toggle switch if you don’t want people to know when you’ve seen their messages and when they have seen yours.

How to remove Chat on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Taskbar page on the right side.Quick note: You can also right-click the Taskbar and select the Taskbar settings option to access the settings page.
  • Under the “Taskbar items” section, toggle off the Chat switch.

What’s new with the Taskbar on Windows 11

The new Taskbar has a center alignment, redesigned Start button, and new buttons for Search, Task View, Widgets, and Chat. Also, there are new animations for launching, minimizing, maximizing, and installing applications, and Microsoft is improving many aspects of the system tray.

If you don’t like one of the feature icons, you can remove them from Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.

How to get Windows 11 ARM

  • Select the setting for Windows Insider Program.
  • Click the Get Started button.
  • Link to an account already registered with the Insider program, either a Microsoft account or an account with your organization.
  • At the screen to pick your settings, choose either the Dev channel or the Beta channel to upgrade to Windows 11

How do I customize the Start menu in Windows 11?

  • You can tweak the Start menu through the Settings screen.
  • Click the Settings icon in the Start menu.
  • Select Personalization and go to Start in the right pane.

How do I customize my Windows Start menu in Windows 11?

  • 1. Go to Settings (Windows key + I)
  • 2. Go to Personalization
  • 3. Go to Start
  • 4. Customize your Start Menu how you want

What is new with Action Center on Windows 11

For starters, the “Action Center” reference is no more, the dedicated button to access your notifications is gone, and the experience is now broken down into two separate flyouts, including “Notification Center” and “Quick Settings.”

How do I turn on Action Center in Windows 11?

  • Tap the Win+A keyboard shortcut and Action Center will open.
  • Left-click the battery icon in the system tray and Action Center will open.

Where is the Action Center in Windows 11?

  • Action Center is the place above the clock on the lower-right corner of the taskbar.
  • It includes system and app notifications and “Quick Action” buttons for getting to system settings.

How to Lock screen on Windows 11

Lock Using the Ctrl+Alt+Delete Screen To use it, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete on your keyboard, and you’ll see a special black screen with a menu in the center. Click “Lock,” and your PC will lock instantly.

How do I change the lock screen on Windows 11?

  • To change the lock screen picture on Windows 11, you need to open Windows Settings and go to Personalize > Lock screen.
  • Here, expand the Personalize your lock screen option and choose the Picture option.
  • After that, you can select an image from the list or click the Browse photos button to select your own image.

How to Customize the Lock Screen on Windows 11

To tweak your lock screen to your liking, select the Start button, then select Settings > Personalization > Lock screen

How do I change the lock screen picture on Windows 11

  • Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  • Go to Personalization.
  • Scroll down and select Lock screen.
  • Open the Personalize your lock screen dropdown.
  • Select one of the three options: Windows Spotlight, Picture, Slideshow.

How to customize the touch keyboard on Windows 11

Change keyboard size on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Touch keyboard page from the right side.
  • Use the Keyboard size slider to change the size.
  • (Optional) Click the Keyboard size setting and click the Reset button to return to the default size.

Enable keyboard key background on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Touch keyboard page from the right side.
  • Click the Keyboard theme settings.
  • Turn on the Key background toggle switch.

Change keyboard key text size on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Touch keyboard page from the right side.
  • Click the Keyboard theme settings.
  • Use the Key text size drop-down menu to select the text size. Options include:
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

Change keyboard theme on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Touch keyboard page from the right side.
  • Click the Keyboard theme settings.
  • Choose one of the 16 different themes.
  • Click the Open keyboard button to preview the style.

Create custom keyboard theme on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Touch keyboard page from the right side.
  • Click the Keyboard theme settings.
  • Select the Custom theme option.
  • Click the Edit button.
  • Click the Text tab.
  • Select the key text color.
  • Select the color for the text in the suggestion area.
  • Click the Keys tab.
  • Select the key background color.
  • Use the slider to select the level of transparency for the background.
  • Click the Window tab.
  • Select a color for the keyboard background.
  • (Optional) Use the Personalize your background drop-down menu and select the Picture option.
  • Click the Choose your picture button.
  • Select the picture you want to use as background.
  • Use the Choose a fit drop-down menu and select the fit option (if applicable).
  • Use the Background brightness slider to adjust the brightness of the background.
  • Click the Save button.

How to be more productive using Desktops on Windows 11

How do I use different desktops in Windows 11?

  • Press the Windows key and Tab on your keyboard simultaneously. This will open the Task View interface.
  • From the menu shown in the first step, use your arrow keys to select your preferred desktop.
  • Press the enter key to jump to your selected desktop.

How to create desktop on Windows 11

  • Click the Task View button.Quick note: You can also hover over the Task View button to access the view, or you can use Windows key + Tab keyboard shortcut.
  • Click the New desktop (+) button on the right side.
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create as many desktops as you need.

How to customize desktops on Windows 11

  • Click the Task View button.
  • Right-click the desktop and select the Rename option.
  • Confirm the new name and press Enter.

Change background on Windows 11

To apply a different background image to each desktop, use these steps:

  • Click the Task View button.
  • Right-click the desktop and select the Change background option.
  • In the “Background” page, use the Personalize your desktop drop-down menu to select a background option — for example, Picture.
  • Select the image to set as background.

Organize desktops on Windows 11

To rearrange the desktops, use these steps:

  • Click the Task View button.
  • Right-click the desktop and select the Move left or Move right option.

How to navigate desktops on Windows 11

Jump to a different desktop on Windows 11

To move to a different desktop, use these steps:

  • Click the Task View button.
  • Select the desktop you want to switch to.

Move apps to a different desktop on Windows 11

To move apps to another desktop, use these steps:

  • Click the Task View button.
  • Right-click the app and select the Move to submenu.
  • Choose the desktop to send the application.

Show app on all desktops on Windows 11

To show an app on all desktops, use these steps:

  • Click the Task View button.
  • Right-click the app and select the Show this window on all desktops option.
  • (Optional) Right-click the app and select the Show windows from this app on all desktops option.

How to close desktop on Windows 11

To close or remove a Windows 11 desktop, use these steps:

  • Click the Task View button.
  • Right-click the desktop and select the Close option or Close button.
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 to close any remaining desktop.

How to remove Chat from Teams button from Taskbar on Windows 11

To hide the Chat button from the Taskbar, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Taskbar page on the right side.Quick note: You can also right-click the Taskbar and select the Taskbar settings option to access the settings page.
  • Under the “Taskbar items” section, turn off the Chat button.

How to uninstall apps on Windows 11

To completely remove the Chat from Microsoft Teams with the Settings app, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Apps.
  • Click the Apps & features page on the right side.
  • Select the Apps.
  • Click the three-dotted button next to the app and select the Uninstall button.
  • Click the Uninstall button again.

How to free up space after Windows 11 using Settings

To reclaim space after installing Windows 11, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click on Storage.
  • Click the Temporary files page on the right-side.
  • Clear all the preselected items (if applicable).
  • Check the Previous Windows installation(s) option.
  • Click the Remove files button.

How to free up space after Windows 11 using Disk Cleanup

To free up space after the installation of Windows 11 with Disk Cleanup, use these steps:

  • Open Start.
  • Search for Disk Cleanup, click the top result to open the settings.
  • Click the Clean up system files button.
  • Check the Previous Windows installation(s) option.
  • Clear the Downloads option to avoid deleting downloaded files inside the “Downloads” folder.
  • Click the OK button.

What’s new with Widgets on Windows 11

Microsoft can always bring more widgets to Windows 11, but as of the time of this writing, you can select from element widgets, including:

  • Watchlist – Shows stocks information.
  • Traffic – Displays the current traffic information based on your location.
  • Esports – Presents information about gaming sports.
  • Weather – Shows the current weather information based on your location, and you click the widget, the forecast will open in the browser.
  • To Do – Displays tasks from your Microsoft To Do lists.
  • Tips – Surfaces tips to use Windows 11.
  • Sports – Shows games results and schedules.
  • Entertainment – Displays trending movies, and clicking each item will open the Microsoft Store with different ways to acquire the movie.
  • Family Safety – Brings up recent activities from members in the family group of your Microsoft account.
  • Outlook Calendar – Shows upcoming events in the calendar.
  • Photos – Shows a slideshow of pictures stored on your OneDrive account.

What’s new with File Explorer on Windows 11

  • On Windows 11, File Explorer introduces modern icons with new styles, colors, and orientations to align with the latest design changes.
  • The icons are available across the app, but the most noticeable designs are available for the profiles folders, including Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, and Pictures.

What should I explore on Windows 11?

  • Move the start menu to the left.
  • Use Snap Layouts and Snap Groups.
  • Turn on Compact View.
  • Try Widgets.
  • Integrate your smartphone with the ‘Your Phone’ app.
  • Try Teams Chat (Or, remove it from taskbar).
  • Use multiple desktops.
  • Check out the new Microsoft Store.

How to fix system requirements issues on Windows 11

Windows 11 official requirements

Here are the minimum hardware requirements to install Windows 11:

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster CPU or System on a Chip (SoC) with two or more cores.
  • Memory: 4GB.
  • Storage: 64GB or larger.
  • System firmware: UEFI with Secure Boot enabled.
  • Graphics: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
  • Display resolution: High definition (720p) display greater than 9 inches diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.

Confirm if device will run Windows 11

To confirm the basic hardware specifications on Windows 10, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click on About.
  • Confirm the processor, memory, and system type.
  • Click on Storage.
  • Confirm the hard drive is larger than 64GB.

How to fix Windows Update problems on Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Storage.
  • Under the “Storage” section, confirm the size of the drive.

How to fix USB flash drive problems installing Windows 11

  • Open Windows 11 download page.
  • Under the “Create Windows 11 Installation Media” section, click the Download now button to save the file on the device.
  • Double-click the MediaCreationToolW11.exe file to launch the tool.
  • Click the Accept button to agree to the terms.
  • (Optional) Clear the Use the recommended options for this PC option.
  • Select the correct language and edition of Windows 11.
  • Click the Next button.
  • Select the USB flash drive option.
  • Click the Next button
  • Select the USB flash drive.
  • Click the Next button.
  • Click the Finish button.

How to fix setup problems installing Windows 11

  • Open Start.
  • Search for Task Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  • Click the More details button.
  • Select the app or process.
  • Click the End task button.
  • Repeat steps No. 3 and 4 to terminate the remaining apps.

How to fix error code 0xC1900101 upgrading to Windows 11

These are the common “0xC1900101” errors that you may come across upgrading to Windows 11:

  • 0xC1900101 – 0x2000c
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x20017
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x30017
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x30018
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x3000D
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x4000D
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x40017

Cleanup storage space

The setup of Windows 11 requires several gigabytes of space to process the upgrade.

Disconnect devices

If the computer has peripherals like external drives, printers, Bluetooth devices, USB devices, cameras, disconnect them before proceeding to reduce the chances of errors and other issues upgrading to Windows 11.

Uninstall security apps

If there is a problem with third-party security software, you will likely see the error codes 0xC1900101 0x20017 and 0xC1900101 0x30017.

The easiest way to get around this problem is to uninstall the software in question.

To temporarily remove security applications, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Apps.
  • Click on Apps & features.
  • Select the security app.
  • Click the Uninstall button.
  • Click the Uninstall button again.
  • Continue with the on-screen directions.

Update device drivers

If the installation encounters a driver problem, you may see errors starting with 0xC1900101 or 0x80090011.

When downloading a driver update from the manufacturer support website, it’s recommended to use their instructions instead of the general steps as outlined below.

To update device drivers on your computer, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Update & Security.
  • Click on Windows Update.
  • Click the View optional updates option.
  • Click the Driver updates list to expand.
  • Select the driver to update.
  • Click the Download and install option.

Repair current installation

One of the 0xC1900101 errors could define a problem with the current setup.

Repair hard drive

Alternatively, you can also use the CHKDSK tool to repair logical and specific physical errors on the installation drive.

To use the CHKDSK tool, close all running apps, and then use these steps:

  • Open Start.
  • Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  • Type the following command and press Enter:chkdsk/f c:
  • Type Y and press Enter to schedule a scan.
  • Restart the computer.

How to fix error code 0x80070070 upgrading to Windows 11

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click on Storage.
  • Under the “Storage” section, click the Temporary files option for the system drive.
  • Check the items to remove.
  • Click the Remove files button.

How to fix error code 0x80070002 0x20009 upgrading to Windows 11

The error code 0x80070002 0x20009 indicates an issue with the setup unable to locate the installation files.

You can get around this problem by disconnecting ANY external drive that isn’t part of the installation, including USB flash drives (except the setup media) and hard drives, and restarting the setup.

How to fix error code 0xC1900107 upgrading to Windows 11

In the rare case that the error code 0xC1900107 appears, it means that the device is trying to upgrade, but the cleanup of the previous installation is still pending. You can fix this problem by deleting the copy of the previous setup or restarting the device.

To remove the previous installation files, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click on Storage.
  • Under the “Storage” section, click the Configure Storage Sense or run in now option.
  • Under the “Free up space now” section, check the Delete previous versions of Windows option.
  • Check the Delete previous versions of Windows option.
  • Click the Clean now button.

How to fix error code 0x800F0923 installing Windows 11

  • Upgrade to Windows 11, the error code 0x800F0923 indicates a compatibility problem with a program or driver. Typically, this is a graphics driver problem.
  • If the driver doesn’t have any new updates, you could remove it to continue installing. Then you can reinstall it after the Windows 11 upgrade.

App compatibility solution

When the problem is an application, you have two choices: install a newer update or remove it before continuing with the setup.

To uninstall apps, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Apps.
  • Click on Apps & features.
  • Select the incompatible app.
  • Click the Uninstall button.
  • Click the Uninstall button again.
  • Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

How to fix error code 0xC1900208 upgrading to Windows 11

When upgrading to Windows 11, the error code 0xC1900208 – 0x4000C indicates a conflict with an application. The quick solution is to uninstall the app in question.

To uninstall a conflicting app, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Apps.
  • Click on Apps & features.
  • Select the incompatible application.
  • Click the Uninstall button.
  • Click the Uninstall button again.
  • Continue with the on-screen directions to remove the app (if applicable).

How to fix black screen problem on Windows 11

A black screen is a common issue during or after a new installation, and many times, it’s the graphic driver or another problem with the upgrade process.

To uninstall and roll back to the previous version of Windows, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click the Recovery page on the right side.
  • Under the “Recovery options” section, in the “Previous version of Windows” settings, click the Go back button.
  • Select any of the reasons available.
  • Click the Next button.
  • Click the No, thanks button.
  • Click the Next button.
  • Click the Next button again.
  • Click the Go back to earlier build button.

How to fix error completing installation of Windows 11

During the upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, you may come across two messages that are not specific, but they indicate that something went wrong:

  • Error: We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes. Don’t turn off your computer.
  • Error: Failure configuring Windows Updates. Reverting changes.
  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Update & Security.
  • Click on Windows Update.
  • Click the View your update history option.
  • Check the error code next to the failed update.

How to fix Wi-Fi and Ethernet adapter problems on Windows 11

After upgrading to a new version of Windows, it’s common to encounter problems with Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapters. Sometimes, the connection may be no longer reliable, and other times, it could break completely.

To fix network adapter problems after upgrading to Windows 11, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click the Troubleshoot page on the right side.
  • Click the Other troubleshooters setting.
  • Under the “Other” section, click the Run button for the “Network Adapter.”
  • Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).
  • Once you complete the steps, the device should reconnect to the network as usual.
  • Network reset
    • To reset network adapters on Windows 11 to their default settings, use these steps:
    • Open Settings.
    • Click on Network & internet.
    • Click the Advanced network settings page on the right side.
    • Under the More settings section, click the Network reset setting.
    • Click the Reset now button.
    • Click the Yes button.

How to fix VirtualBox not working on Windows 11

  • Open Start.
  • Search for Turn Windows features on or off and click the top result to open the Windows Features app.
  • Clear the Hyper-V feature.
  • Click the OK button.
  • Click the Restart now button.

How to fix Intel Killer networking issues on Windows 11

To uninstall and roll back to the previous version of Windows, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click the Recovery page on the right side.
  • Under the “Recovery options” section, in the “Previous version of Windows” settings, click the Go back button.
  • Select any of the reasons available.
  • Click the Next button.
  • Click the No, thanks button.
  • Click the Next button.
  • Click the Next button again.
  • Click the Go back to earlier build button.

How to fix File Explorer memory leak on Windows 11

After the upgrade to Windows 11, a small number of users have been reporting a memory leak problem with File Explorer. Basically, after opening and closing File Explorer, the process fails to return the borrowed space in memory, causing the system to run out of memory, in some cases.

To restart the File Explorer process to mitigate the memory leak, use these steps:

  • Right-click the Start button and select the Task Manager option.
  • Click the More details button (if applicable).
  • Click the Processes tab.
  • Select the Windows Explorer process.
  • Click the Restart button.

Restart computer

To restart your computer, use these steps:

  • Click the Start button.
  • Click the Power button and select the Restart option.

How to fix Start menu broken on Windows 11

After installing Windows 11, a number of users have reported seeing the classic Start menu and Taskbar available on Windows 10, instead of the redesigned menu and Taskbar.

The problem seems only to be affecting a small number of users, and if this is happening on your device, some users pointed out that removing the most recent update or creating a new account may solve the problem.

Uninstall updates

To remove the most recent update, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Windows Update.
  • Click the Update History page from the right side.
  • Under the “Related settings” section, click the Uninstall updates option.
  • Select the most recent update.
  • Click the Uninstall button.
  • Click the Yes button.

Once you complete the steps, restart the computer to apply the changes.

Create a new local account

To create a new account to fix the Start menu, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Accounts.
  • Click the Family & other users page from the right side.
  • Under the “Other users” section, click the Add account button.
  • Click the I don’t have this person’s sign-in information option.
  • Click the Add a user without a Microsoft account option.
  • Create an account name and password.
  • Complete the security questions.
  • Click the Next button.
  • Click the newly created account.
  • Click the Change account type button.
  • Use the “Account type” drop-down menu and select the Administrator option.
  • Click the OK button.
  • Sign out of the account.
  • Sign in with the new local account.

How to USB printer problems on Windows 11

The printer maker Brother has confirmed that there’s a compatibility issue, which prevents Windows 11 from detecting certain printers connected using a USB cable.

To connect a printer via Wi-Fi, use these steps:

  • Open Settings.
  • Click on Bluetooth & devices.
  • Click the Printers & scanners page from the right side.
  • Click the Add device button.
  • Select the Brother printer to complete the setup.

How to printer setup problem on Windows 11

How to Add a Printer to Windows 11 Automatically

  • Open Settings.
  • Navigate to Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners.
  • Select Add device, wait a few seconds for Windows to locate the printer, and then select Add device next to the one you want to install.
  • Wait while the printer gets installed.

Windows 11 tips to minimize installation problems

  • Check Windows 11 compatibility.
  • Install Windows 11 through Windows Update.
  • Backup current system and files.
  • Avoid storage problems during Windows 11 upgrade.
  • Repair Windows Update to download Windows 11.
  • Remove blocks to download Windows 11.

How to get help in windows 11

  • Use the F1 key
  • Use the Get Started app
    • Typing help in taskbar search
  • Enable Tips via Windows Settings
    • opened Settings > System > Notifications & actions and ensured
  • Use the Search bar or Cortana
    • use the taskbar search bar or ask Cortana to search online for help
  • Use the Contact Support app
  • Use Microsoft Answer Desk
  • Request Email or Chat support
  • Contact Microsoft Customer Support by Phone
  • Follow Twitter account
  • Via Microsoft Store

Here are some common questions related to Windows 11:

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