Windows 11 is not something that I was interested in, but it is installed as default with new computers, so it is unavoidable. This page will collect my notes on Windows 11 as I learn and use it.
Most of the Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts seem to be working fine on Windows 11 too. If there are any new shortcuts, they will be listed here when they are discovered.
Win + a: Open/close the Action center which shows wifi, bluetooth and volume.
Win + i: Open Settings.
Win + n: Open notifications and Calendar.
Win + w: Open widgets.
Win + Home: Hide/show all the windows except the current one.
Win + Pause: Show all the system info.
Win + Ctrl + q: Open Quick Assist, that allows remote control of your/other’s computer.
winver shows the actual Windows version as
22H2 (OS Build 22621.1992). These version numbers will increase as Windows 11 updates itself over time.
Win + v brings the new clipboard that now supports emoji, GIFs, ASCII emoticons and symbols. Items on the clipboard can also be pinned or pasted as text now by using the mouse. *
Ctrl + v as usual pastes the top-most item in the clipboard. * To paste a copied item from the past,
Win + v followed by
Down keys to pick the item and then
Enter to paste it. * Though mouse can be used on an item in the Clipboard to select Paste as text, there is no keyboard shortcut. So, using the PowerToys to use
Ctrl + Win + v to paste as text is the best solution.
Open a new instance of an open app: I find this useful to open multiple instances of the browser. Two ways to do this:
Shift+ left-click the app’s taskbar icon.
Make Task Manager stop moving processes in its list: Hold down
Ctrl while viewing the process list and selecting the process you want.
Moving taskbar to the side: In what is the most egregious UI decision ever, Windows 11 does not allow the taskbar to be moved to the side (or the top). Since the advent of wide displays, I have always kept the taskbar on the side, so this is huge regression. The registry can be edited to move the Taskbar to the side, but that loses all its functionality.