The latest Windows updates focus on the needs you’ve expressed to us as we all continue to navigate the world of remote work more securely and with confidence.
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Note: Features and app availability may vary by region. Some features may differ for students using Windows 11 SE. Learn more
Organize files effortlessly
Drag and drop files between tabs in File Explorer to quickly move them where you want.
Quickly start a call or create a calendar event
When you copy a phone number or date, get a quick suggestion to open one of your apps and automatically start a call or calendar event. To change this setting, select Windows logo key > Settings > System > Clipboard > Suggested actions.
Back up your PC to protect important info
From your apps and settings to your files and passwords, you can back up your info in just a few easy steps.
Edit while you write
When you're using the handwriting panel, use gestures to erase, insert, and add text to anywhere you can type.
Set priority notifications
Choose which apps can show notifications—even when do not disturb is turned on. Select Start > Settings > System > Notifications > Set priority notifications to start.
Start a focus session anytime
Start a focus session when you want to reduce distractions and get work done. Open the Clock app, choose how long you want to focus, then select Start focus session.
Create folders for your apps in Start
Keep what's important close by grouping your pinned apps into folders. Select and drag one app onto another to create a folder.
See favorite files in File Explorer and Office.com
Add a file to Favorites in File Explorer and see it in File Explorer Home and Office.com. Make sure you're signed in with a Microsoft account or a work or school account. Then, select and hold (or right-click) the file > Add to Favorites.
Show off your family with personalized emojis
Create an emoji that represents your family by changing the number of people, skin tones, and more. Press the Windows logo key + (.) to open the emoji panel and search for family. Then select a family and press +.
Make videos in minutes
In Clipchamp, select Create a video. Start from scratch or from a template, and customize your video with text, stock art, and stickers.
Turn on voice access to talk instead of type
Control your apps, dictate emails, search online, and more using your voice. To get started, select Start > Settings > Accessibility > Speech > Voice access.
Use live captions for any content with audio
Capture every word, from meetings to your favorite podcasts—personalize your font, text color, text size, and more. Turn on live captions in your quick settings panel or in Settings > Accessibility > Captions.
Swipe up for taskbar shortcuts
From the bottom edge of your screen, swipe up at the center of the taskbar to reveal the Start menu. For quick settings, swipe up on the system tray.
Customize your Start menu layout
Select and hold (or right-click) anywhere in Start to adjust your layout and see more pinned items or more recommended files.
Improve PC performance by saving resources in Efficiency mode
In Task Manager, select and hold (or right-click) an app, then select Efficiency mode to limit the resources that app is using. This can help you get a faster, more energy-efficient system.
Open Task Manager with Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
Find updated controls at your fingertips
Easily view and control your volume and screen brightness levels with redesigned flyouts that appear centered above your taskbar.
Open games with a single touch
Press the Nexus button on your controller to open the controller bar and jump back into your latest game.
Turn on do not disturb automatically
Do not disturb automatically turns on when you're sharing your screen, playing a game, and more. To choose when it turns on, select Start > Settings > System > Notifications > Turn on do not disturb automatically.
View your photos side by side
Open any photo in the Photos app, then select another photo on the filmstrip to see your images in one place.
See the world, on your desktop
Set Windows Spotlight as your background to get a new wallpaper every few days and see fun facts about the photos.
Control your call mic from the taskbar
Select the mic icon on your taskbar or press Windows logo key + Alt + K to mute or unmute your microphone while using a calling app.
All the apps you need
Find the apps, games, and shows you want, fast, in the Microsoft Store app, including your favorite mobile apps that now work on your PC. Plus, search multiple streaming services at once to find movies and shows.
Note: Some features may differ for students using Windows 11 SE. Learn more
Connect with anyone from the taskbar
Select Chat on the taskbar to start a call or chat with someone. If they're on iOS, Android, or Mac, it's easy to send a link so they can join in (select Meet > Copy meeting link).
Everything you care about, one swipe away
Swipe from left to right or select Widgets from the taskbar to stay up to date on your favorite info.
Quickly organize open apps
Hover over a window's maximize button or press Windows logo key + Z, then choose a snap layout to optimize your screen space and your productivity.
Start at the center
Select Start on the taskbar to get to your favorite apps, recent files, and a powerful search box for finding anything.
Personalize for creativity and productivity
Windows 11 has options for backgrounds, themes, and desktops to keep you inspired, and ways to customize for your own unique workflow to help you be more productive.
A beautiful, easy-to-use Settings app
The Settings app is easier to use, with a new navigation design and common controls at the top of key pages, so changing settings is faster and easier.
Get things done like a pro with snap groups
When working on a specific task, snap two or more open apps or windows to create a snap group. When you want to get back to the snap group later, hover over one of your open apps in the taskbar to find it.
The Windows 10 2022 Update (Windows 10, version 22H2) delivers a scoped set of improvements in the areas of productivity and management.
Windows 10, version 21H2 will have a scoped set of features focused on productivity and security.
Enjoy WPA3 H2E standards support for enhanced Wi-Fi security
Get GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments for machine learning and other compute intensive workflows
Use an external camera as the default for Windows Hello
For those using a Windows-Hello-compatible external camera with a PC that already has a built-in camera, Windows automatically uses that external camera as the default for Windows Hello.
Open documents faster yet securely
We’ve brought improvements to Windows Defender Application Guard so that your documents open faster, while still checking for possible security concerns. Windows Defender Application Guard helps prevent untrusted Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files from accessing your company’s trusted resources.
Learn more about this update
If you’d like to see all the details of this latest update and learn a little more about how we deliver updates to you, check out the Windows blog.
Choose your favorite color mode
Make your apps and app tiles stand out with Light or Dark mode.
Keep tabs on your website tabs
When you’re on a frequently used website and have a lot of tabs open, pin that site to your taskbar. Then, just hover over the pin to see a preview of all the open tabs.
Quickly jump between open web pages with Alt + Tab
Select the Alt key and tap Tab to toggle through all the apps and items you have open, including website tabs in Microsoft Edge.