Buying a new laptop means starting from scratch. Windows 10 or Windows 11 will be without any modification yet and you are free to use the best ones. laptop settings and make the operating system adapt to your needs.
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Usually you might see some prompts from Windows 11 or Windows 10 to help you adjust it the way you want. That could be for gaming, productivity, or even video editing. However, even with those options, we have our own suggestions for the main settings you can change on your new laptop.
At the top of our list is your laptop’s display scale. If you have a laptop with a high resolution screen (generally greater than 1,920 x 1,080 pixels), you may want to consider changing the scaling settings.
By default, the scale can be set very high at around 150 percent. This is to make objects or programs look larger. However, to fit more items on your screen and increase multitasking, you can reduce the scale. We suggest a value around 100 or even 125 percent.
You can change the screen scale at any time by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting Screen settings. Then find the scale section and choose the appropriate value. Your screen will flash and reset to the new value, but you will have to accept the change by logging out and logging back in.
Very busy? Windows 11 and Windows 10 laptops support gestures. With this, you can move your fingers on the touchpad in certain ways to perform common tasks on your laptop.
This can help you save time by making it easier to search, view tasks, display the desktop, switch applications, open the notification center, and more that are available just by selecting them.
However, keep in mind that gestures only work if your laptop has a Microsoft Precision touchpad. Most modern laptops have it, so it shouldn’t be a problem.
To change and customize your gestures, go to Bluetooth and devices, then choose Three finger gestures Y Four finger gestures. Make sure it’s activated. After that, go back to Bluetooth and devices and choose Touchpad followed by Advanced gestures. From here, you can modify them to your liking.
Windows Privacy & Tips, App Notifications
From time to time in Windows you may see suggestions in the Start menu or in the Notification Center. Many people see this as “advertisements,” but it is only Microsoft that suggests the appropriate applications for you to download or use on your computer.
This could be for Microsoft Edge or another app like OneNote. To help you stay in control of your laptop, we suggest that you disable this feature.
In Windows 11, you can do this by clicking the key combination Windows + I on your keyboard. Then head over to System, followed by Notifications. From there, you will have to scroll down and uncheck the boxes Offer suggestions Y Get tips and advice.
While you’re in those settings, you can also turn off notifications for individual apps, as you see fit. This ensures that only the apps you want will send you notifications.
In addition to the above, we also suggest you go to the section Privacy & Security Windows 11 settings. Select the option general, and then, toggle all switches to Off. Windows will no longer suggest advertisements or options that you don’t want to see.
In Windows 10 and Windows 11, there is a feature known as Quick Start. This is a feature that is supposed to reduce the time your computer has to spend booting up, but there are a few points to consider.
When fast startup is enabled, your computer doesn’t shut down regularly. Rather, it saves its state and goes into a mixed mode between hibernation and shutdown.
This can cause compatibility issues if you have dual-boot operating systems. It also means that the games, applications and other processes that you were running will remain in the background every time you turn off your computer.
If you prefer a “clean boot”, disable fast boot. The difference between a fast start and a normal start is usually a few seconds.
To do this in Windows 11 and Windows 10, type Energy in the Start menu and choose the result Power and sleep settings. Then scroll down to Additional power settings.
Choose the option Select what the power button does. Then, you will have to click on Change settings that are currently not available and uncheck the checkbox Quick start. Finish by clicking Save Changes.
Pin folders to the Start menu and remove suggestions from Start
The next step is a way to access your files more quickly. You may notice in Windows 11 that the quick links to your favorite folders are no longer on the Start menu. Well, you can bring them back. This is found in Personalization> Home> Folders in Windows 11.
From here, you can retrieve the quick links to Settings, File Explorer, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, or Videos. This helps ensure that you can access these folders without having to access File Explorer manually.
In addition to this, you can also disable Windows 11 automatic suggestions. This is the area that appears below your Start menu. Go to Personalization> Home and then choose the option to Show recently opened items in Start, Shortcut Lists and File Explorer to deactivate.
After doing so, hold the switch to Show recently added apps On. You will no longer see documents in your Start menu and you will only see newly added apps. This action should make your Start menu look clearer.