Windows 11 tips: Top 5 keyboard shortcuts for Windows 11 power users
Windows 11 landed earlier this month, bringing some of the most notable improvements and upgrades to the PC operating system since its predecessor Windows 10 was launched in 2015. Now that Windows 11 is here, users can enjoy the new visual redesign of the system, themes and apps, along with all the new features and improvements under the hood. In addition to Windows features, users can also take advantage of keyboard shortcuts introduced with the new operating system.
Whether you want to quickly check your notifications, check the latest news or the weather, take a screenshot, multitask better, or open a chat in Microsoft Teams, here are some of the best shortcuts you can use after downloading the Windows 11 update. So, from Windows Key + N, Windows Key + W to Windows Key + C, check out the top 5 shortcuts.
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Windows Key + N for notification panel
Windows 10 separates your notifications feed from the Action Center, which is now called the quick settings area. If you want to check your notifications, you will need to press Windows Key + N, while pressing Windows Key + A (the old Action Center shortcut) will show you the quick settings option for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more settings.
Windows Key + W for News and Interests feed
With the News and Interests feed, Windows 11 offers users the ability to check the latest news, the weather and more without opening a browser window. Users can also perform searches using this panel. In order to bring up this panel, users need to press the Windows Key + N to check the latest news.
Windows Key + Z for Snap Layout
With Windows 11, Microsoft is finally updating its window management solution to adapt to larger screens (such as ultrawide monitors). Instead of the usual two windows snapping capability, Windows 11 allow users to snap their windows in a three-column layout. Users can access this by pressing Windows Key and Z to access the Snap layout.
Windows Key + Print Screen for taking screenshots
This one isn't exactly new, but pressing the Windows Key and Print Screen will automatically capture the entire screen and save a copy of the image on your PC. Once the screen flashes, you will know that the screenshot has been taken, after which you can find the file saved under your Pictures folder in a subfolder called Screenshot.
Windows Key + C for Microsoft Teams chat
While Windows 10 focused on allowing users to make calls and chat using the built-in Skype app, Windows 11 favours the company's Microsoft Teams app. The service allows anyone with a Microsoft account to quickly start a chat using the Windows + C shortcut, which can come in handy when trying to quickly start a chat directly from the desktop.