First look at Windows 11

Last Saturday I installed Windows 11. Many people probably think I’ve been a little too fast, and I probably have too, but I’m so curious to see what a new version of Windows looks like today. So this laptop is running Windows 11.

And what are the innovations then? Immediately, I just have to click around a bit, but let’s start with the brand new taskbar, ie the bottom of the screen, where you usually see the famous Start Button, which opens up for programs and settings.

Taskbar and start button

This start button is gone now! Instead, you have a collection of icons gathered in the middle of the screen at the bottom. Admittedly, the first icon is called Start, and a click on it opens a menu that in some ways resembles the old start menu. Not so mammoth, and I really like the new way of displaying recently used programs (apps).

You will also see an overview of the latest documents, image files and what else you have been working on. In addition, there is easy access to your account on the computer, and the famous power button can be found at the bottom right. At the top you have a search box that easily becomes a really good friend when you frolic in Windows 11.

The area to the right of the clock is in many ways reminiscent of the structure we know so well from Windows 10. Internet connection, audio and battery status are gathered in one image now, and that in itself is quite good.

Taskbar Widgets

A new icon on the taskbar is called Widgets. A click on this opens a number of services that you might be happy with. The starting point is recent stories from the Microsoft universe, MSN. You also get a weather forecast, stock quotes, football results and selected photos from your photo folders.

You can add and remove widgets from the list yourself. It is probably not a feature that I need very much on the computer, but for some it can be easy access to various information that you need in everyday life.

A cleaner Pathfinder

A click on Explorer icons now shows an Explorer, which is cleaner and much more user-friendly, I think. The font has changed, and it has become much easier to read the names of, for example, folders and commands. We now get rid of a number of tabs, and instead we can, for example, choose to display icons by clicking the Show button.

Here I want to link right-click into the conversation. A right-click on a file or folder shows an overview, which has changed significantly compared to previous versions of Windows. These are the popular commands that are active in principle, and a click on Show more options opens a right-click menu that we know so well.

The control panel looks like itself

A click into the engine room, ie the Control Panel, does not report the major innovations. It actually looks like itself, and it disappointed me a bit. I have never been enthusiastic about the Control Panel, and hoped that Microsoft had the skeleton for eg MacOS.

Well, instead I can cheer myself up with the task line, which now looks a little different. A right-click down there allows you to fine-tune the taskbar so that it meets the desires you may have for it. In addition, you get the same opportunity to sniff for the new layout around System, Bluetooth and devices, Network and Internet and so on.

Personal adjustments

At the drop zone, I want to praise the new way, which is used when or if you want to customize the look of your computer to your own liking. For example, this may be another desktop background image, or it may be the solid colors in the applications.

Well, what should I say. Actually, I like Windows 11. I think the operating system has got a nice facelift, and so far the machine works at least as well as before the update was installed. Windows 11 can be downloaded for free if you have the right Windows 10 license.

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