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The best new features in Windows 11


Among the standout features in Microsoft Windows 11, is the revamped Notifications and Action Center, which provides users with a more streamlined and interactive experience.

With Windows 11, Microsoft has taken the functionality of notifications to the next level, making it easier to stay informed and take action promptly.

What’s new in notifications and the action centre?

Notifications and action centre design

The design of the Notifications and Action Centre has undergone a significant transformation. The new layout embraces a centred approach, with the panel located at the bottom centre of the screen. This central placement makes notifications more prominent and easily accessible, ensuring that important information never goes unnoticed.

Notification centre in Windows 11
Notification style

Windows 11 introduces a refreshed visual style for notifications. Notifications now appear as sleek, rounded rectangles, accompanied by icons and relevant information. The use of subtle animations and transitions enhances the overall visual appeal, creating a more polished and engaging user experience.

Notification style in Windows 11
Enhanced functionality of notifications

When a notification appears, you can now interact with it directly from the panel. This means you can reply to messages, dismiss reminders, or even complete quick actions without having to switch to the corresponding app.

This is a time-saving feature that enables you to stay focused and multitask efficiently.

Improved action centre

The Action Centre is accessible by clicking on the notifications icon in the taskbar, or swiping up from the bottom of the screen on touch-enabled devices. It provides a centralised hub for managing notifications and quick settings.

In Windows 11, the Action Centre has a more simplified layout, presenting a grid of icons for various system settings and shortcuts. The quick settings icons in the Action Centre allow you to toggle commonly used features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Focus Assist, and more, providing convenient control at your fingertips.

You can also expand the panel to access additional settings and options, such as screen brightness, battery saver, and airplane mode.

Widgets in the action centre

Another noteworthy addition to the Action Centre in Windows 11 is the integration of widgets. Widgets offer personalised information at a glance, displaying news, weather updates, calendar events, and other relevant content.

By swiping from the left side of the screen or clicking on the Widgets icon in the taskbar, you can access and customise the widgets according to your preferences.

Widgets in Windows 11
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