New features in recent Windows updates will help you customize your PC, increase security, and get more creative with Windows. With these updates, it'll also be easier to get things done on your PC and across your other devices, including syncing to Android phones (7.0 or later).

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Note: Features and app availability may vary by region.

All the apps you need

Microsoft Store in Windows 11

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.

Open Microsoft Store

Connect with anyone from the taskbar

Chat in Windows 11

Select Chat on the taskbar to start a call or chat. 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

The Widgets board in Windows 11

Swipe from left to right or select Widgets from the taskbar to stay up to date on your favorite info.

Quickly organize open apps

Snap layouts in Windows 11

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

Start in Windows 11

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

6 different Windows 11 themes

Windows 11 has options for backgrounds, themes, and desktops to keep you inspired, and ways to customize for your own workflow to help you be more productive.

Manage themes

A beautiful, easy-to-use Settings app

The System page in the Windows 11 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.

Open Settings

Get things done like a pro with snap groups

Hovering over the Windows 11 taskbar to preview 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.

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

Stay up to date while staying in your flow

News and Interests toolbar

To quickly check in on the latest headlines, weather, sports, and more, open News and interests on the taskbar. Get caught up with a glance, then get back to what you were doing.

Stay up to date with news and interests

Choose your favorite color mode

The Colors page in Windows Settings shown in dark mode

Make your apps and app tiles stand out by switching to Light or Dark mode. Select Start  > Settings  > Personalization > Colors . Under Choose your color, select either Light or Dark mode. 

Set Light or Dark mode in Settings

Keep tabs on your website tabs

A preview of two webpages in Microsoft Edge that have been pinned to the taskbar

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.

To pin website to the taskbar, in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more > More tools > Pin to taskbar .   

Quickly jump between open webpages with Alt + Tab

Toggling between open webpages in Microsoft Edge using 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.

Go passwordless with Microsoft accounts on your device

The option to use Windows Hello to sign in for Microsoft accounts turned on.

Keep your device even more secure by removing passwords when signing in to Windows with Microsoft accounts on your device. Go to Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options , and then turn on Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts.

Make your text cursor easier to find

The Settings page for text cursor

The text cursor indicator adds a splash of color to your text cursor, making it easier to find in a sea of text. To turn it on and change its size and color, go to  Start  > Settings   > Ease of Access > Text cursor

Create events quickly

A calendar entry field on a PC taskbar

Add an event or reminder to your calendar right from the taskbar. On the taskbar, select the date and time, then enter your details in the text box that says Add an event or reminder.

Get to notification settings from the taskbar

The manage notifications option on the notifications menu.

To choose where notifications show up and how to sort them, select Notifications  > Manage notifications on the taskbar.

Add emoji from your keyboard


Shortcut emoji panel

Express yourself however and wherever you want. Press the Windows logo key  + period (.) to open an emoji panel. Use kaomojis to create faces with text, and symbols—like punctuation and currency—to make a statement.

Bring the Microsoft experience to your Android phone

Bring a Microsoft experience to your Android phone with the Microsoft Launcher app

Open the Google Play Store app on your Android phone, type Microsoft Launcher in the search box, and then install it. Once Microsoft Launcher is installed, you can get beautiful Bing wallpapers that refresh daily, sync your Office docs and calendar, and more.

Make your pointer easier to see


Change the size of your cursor or pointer in Ease of access settings.

If you're having trouble spotting your pointer on your screen, make it bigger or change the color. Select Start  > Settings  > Ease of Access  > Mouse pointer.

Change pointer settings

Make things on your screen larger


Make text bigger slider

To make just the text on your screen bigger, select Start  > Settings  > Ease of Access  > Display  , then adjust the slider under Make text bigger. To make everything bigger, choose an option from the drop-down menu under Make everything bigger.

Make things bigger in Settings

Use Snip & Sketch to capture, mark up, and share images

Snipping part of the screen

Screen sketch is now called Snip & Sketch. Open Snip & Sketch to take a snip of what’s on your screen or to mark up and share a previous image. In the search box on the taskbar, type Snip & Sketch, then select Snip & Sketch from the list of results to open the app.

To quickly take a snip, press the Windows logo key +Shift+S. You'll see your screen darken and your cursor displayed as a cross. Choose a point at the edge of the area you want to copy and left-click the cursor. Move your cursor to highlight the area you want to capture. The area you capture will appear on your screen.

The image you snipped is saved to your clipboard, ready for pasting into an email or document. If you want to edit the image, select the notification that appears after you’ve made your snip. Snip & Sketch offers options to save, copy, or share and includes a pen, highlighter, and an eraser, all with variable line widths. 

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