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Windows 11 Tips and Tricks You Must Try | Digital Trends Spanish

If you have already upgraded your PC to Windows 11 (and this did not cause you any problems), the next step is to learn to master your new operating system. These are the best Windows 11 tricks that you must try.

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There are cover folders in Start, the ability to move the taskbar location, new keyboard shortcuts, widgets, and much more. We gather our favorites in one place.

Move the taskbar and Start menu to the left

One of the biggest differences between the two versions is the location of the taskbar and the Start menu. In Windows 10, both are on the left of the screen. However, Windows 11 changes that by moving both to the center. If this bothers you, you can easily change it back.

Just press the key combination Windows + i to open the Settings app. Then choose Personalization and immediately after Taskbar.

From there, select the taskbar behaviors and click Left under Taskbar alignment. This should make Windows 11 look a bit more like Windows 10.

Recover folders on startup

Windows Start menu folders 11.

Another complaint from many people who upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10 is the inability to pin folders to the Start menu. Well, Windows 11 has a built-in setting that can show folders next to the power button in the Start menu, but only the system ones.

To display the main system folders on the Start menu, press the keys. Windows + i on your keyboard, then choose Personalization. After that, select Beginning and later Folders.

You can then toggle the switches for the various system folders that you want to see in the Start menu. The selection includes Settings, File Explorer, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos, Network, and your Personal Folder.

Hide recommended files in favor of suggested apps

Hide recommended files in favor of suggested apps

Another main feature of Windows 11 is the section Recommended, which works with Microsoft 365. You will see the most frequently opened or recently opened files in this section of the Start menu.

However, many people do not like this and choose to disable it, leaving an empty space in the Start menu. This isn’t exactly eye-pleasing, so we typically disable it to show recently added apps, so as not to waste space. Here’s how to do it.

Press the keys Windows + i on your keyboard, then click Personalization and then Start. Flip the switch for the option Show recently added apps and turn off the switches for the option Show recently opened items on Start.

Note that if you choose to do this, you will no longer see file recommendations in File Explorer, as this setting is universal in Windows 11.

Turn off widgets and chat

Change taskbar icons in Windows 11.

Widgets and Chat are two of the major new features in Windows 11. They allow you to stay in touch with the people and apps that matter most to you. However, if you are not a fan of these new forms of communication, you can disable them and save yourself some space on the taskbar. This is how you do it.

First, press the arrow keys Windows + i on your keyboard, then choose Personalization. Once there, select Taskbar and find Show or hide buttons that appear on the taskbar. You can then turn off the switches for Task View, Widgets, or Chat.

Change the appearance of the touch keyboard

The touch keyboard settings in Windows 11.

Windows 11 brings many changes that make the operating system more user-friendly on touch devices like the Surface Pro 8. One of those changes is the ability to adjust the touch keyboard. You can customize it to look and feel the way you want, and don’t just use the system default white or dark keyboard.

To do this, press the keys Windows + i on your keyboard, then click Personalization, followed by Touch keyboard. From here, you can choose various themes and sizes. There are a total of 16 preset themes, but you can also create your own custom theme, change the key size, and much more.

Try the new keyboard shortcuts

Microsoft Surface Go 3 keyboard and trackpad.
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Like the previous version, Windows 11 has a new set of keyboard shortcuts. You can use them to save time during a busy day. These cover features like Widgets, the Chat app, Quick Settings, Notification Center, Dock windows, and more. We include some of those that are available.

Keyboard shortcuts Function
Win + W Open the Widgets panel.
Win + A Open Quick Settings for wifi, brightness, etc.
Win + N Open Notification Center.
Win + Z Open Dock the windows.
Win + C Open Chat application.

It’s also worth noting that Windows 11 still features some of the same keyboard shortcuts as Windows 10. The shortcuts for copy, paste, emoji selector, and screenshots are all the same. We talk about these in a separate post.

Write with your voice in Windows 11

Voice typing in Windows 11.

One of the cool features of Windows 11 is the voice typing feature. You’re probably used to this on your iPhone or Android device, but Windows 11 also has voice typing built in.

Press the keys Windows + H on your keyboard when you are in a text box and start converting your voice into words. You will need to select the microphone button from the pop-up menu to start using the feature.

You can then customize it to your liking by clicking the settings icon and adjusting the voice typing so you can insert automatic punctuation according to the rhythm of your voice.

Recall the previous right-click menu

The inherited right-click menu in Windows 11.

Windows 11 brings a new, more simplified right-click menu with common controls for copying, pasting, and renaming files front and center. However, if you are a power user, you may want to consider a new shortcut to retrieve the inherited right-click menu that is hidden in Show more options.

You can simply click on the top of an item as usual and then press Shift + F10 on your keyboard to open the inherited right-click menu with the full list of options.

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