My Favorite Journey Is Looking Out The Window
Windows has always existed to be a stage for the world’s innovation. It’s been the backbone of global businesses and where scrappy startups became household names. The web was born and grew up on Windows. It’s the place where many of us wrote our first email, played our first PC game, and wrote our first line of code.
Windows is the place people go to create, connect, learn, and achieve a platform over a billion people today rely on. The responsibility of designing for that many people is one we don’t take lightly. The past 18 months brought an incredible shift in how we used our PCs;
we went from fitting the PC into our lives to trying to fit our whole lives into the PC. Our devices weren’t just where we went for meetings, classes and to get things done, but where we came to play games with friends, binge-watch our favorite shows and, perhaps most meaningfully, connect with one another.
In the process we found ourselves recreating the office banter, the hallway chatter, workouts, happy hours and holiday celebrations digitally.
What was so powerful was the shift in the PC we saw and felt from something practical and functional to something personal and emotional. This is what inspired us as we were building the next generation of Windows.
To build you a place that feels familiar, where you can create, learn, play, and most importantly, connect in all new ways. Today, I am humbled and excited to introduce you to Windows 11, the Windows that brings you closer to what you love.
We have simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. It’s modern, fresh, clean, and beautiful. From the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, font, and icon, everything was done intentionally to put you in control and bring a sense of calm and ease.
We put Start at the center and made it easier to quickly find what you need. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what platform or device you were viewing them on earlier, even if it was on an Android or iOS device.
Windows has always been about helping you work how you want, by offering the flexibility of multiple windows and the ability to snap apps side by side. New in Windows 11, we’re introducing Snap Layouts, Snap Groups, and Desktops to provide an even more powerful way to multitask and stay on top of what you need to get done.
These are new features designed to help you organize your windows and optimize your screen real estate so you can see what you need just the way you want in a layout that’s visually clean. You can also create separate Desktops for each part of your life and customize them to your liking – imagine having a Desktop for work, gaming, or school.
Another critical part of bringing you closer to what you love is bringing you closer to the people you love. The last 18 months drove new behavior for how we create meaningful connections with people digitally. Even as we start to return to more in-person interaction, we want to continue to make it easy for people to stay close to each other no matter where they are.
And we don’t want the device or platform you’re on to be a barrier. With Windows 11, we’re excited to introduce Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar. Now you can instantly connect through text, chat, voice, or video with all of your personal contacts, anywhere, no matter the platform or device they’re on, across Windows, Android, or iOS.
If the person you’re connecting to on the other end hasn’t downloaded the Teams app, you can still connect with them via two ways SMS. Windows 11 also gives you a more natural way to connect with friends and family through Teams, allowing you to instantly mute and unmute, or start presenting directly from the taskbar.
If you are a gamer, Windows 11 is made for you. Gaming has always been fundamental to what Windows is all about. Today, hundreds of millions of people around the world game on Windows and find joy and connection with loved ones and friends through play.
Windows 11 unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware, putting some of the latest gaming technology to work for you. Like: DirectX 12 Ultimate, which can enable breathtaking, immersive graphics at high frame rates;
Direct Storage for faster load times and more detailed game worlds; and Auto HDR for a wider, more vivid range of colors for a truly captivating visual experience. Nothing has changed in our commitment to hardware compatibility Windows 11 supports your favorite PC gaming accessories and peripherals.
With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate, gamers get access to over 100 high-quality PC games with new games added all the time, and it’s still just as easy to find people to play with, no matter if they’re playing on a PC or console.
Windows 11 brings you closer to the news and information you care about faster with Widgets a new personalized feed powered by AI and best-in-class browser performance from Microsoft Edge. Even when we’re at our most focused and creative we still need breaks a moment to check in with the outside world or give ourselves a mental reset.
Today, we often pick up our phones to check the news, weather, or notifications. Now, you can open a similarly curated view directly from your desktop.
When you open your personalized feed it slides across your screen like a sheet of glass so it doesn’t disrupt what you’re doing. For creators and publishers, Widgets also open new real estate within Windows to deliver personalized content.
Our aspiration is to create a vibrant pipeline for global brands and local creators alike, in a way that both consumers and creators can benefit. The new Microsoft Store is your single trusted location for apps and content to watch, create, play, work, and learn.
It’s been rebuilt for speed and with an all-new design that is beautiful and simple to use. Not only will we bring you more apps than ever before, but we’re also making all content apps, games, shows, and movies easier to search for and discover with curated stories and collections.
We’re excited to soon be welcoming leading first and third-party apps like Microsoft Teams, Visual Studio, Disney, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom, and Canva to the Microsoft Store all offering incredible experiences to entertain, inspire and connect you.
When you download an app from the Store you have the peace of mind of knowing it’s been tested for security and family safety. We are also pumped to announce that we are bringing Android apps to Windows for the first time.
Starting later this year, people will be able to discover Android apps in the Microsoft Store and download them through the Amazon Appstore imagine recording and posting a video from TikTok or using Khan Academy Kids for virtual learning right from your PC.
We’ll have more to share about this experience in the coming months. We look forward to this partnership with Amazon and Intel using their Intel Bridge technology.
Creating A More Open Ecosystem Unlocking New Opportunities For Developers And Creators
We are taking steps to further open the Microsoft Store to unlock greater economic opportunities for creators and developers. We’re enabling developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps regardless of whether they’re built as a Win32, Progressive Web App (PWA), Universal Windows App (UWP), or any other app framework, creating an opportunity to reach and engage with more people.
We’re also announcing a progressive change to our revenue share policies where app developers can now bring their own commerce into our Store and keep 100% of the revenue. Microsoft takes nothing. App developers can still use our commerce with a competitive revenue share of 85/15.
We believe creating a more open ecosystem ultimately benefits our customers by giving them secure, frictionless access to the apps, games, movies, shows, and web content they want and need. To learn more about the changes to the Microsoft Store, visit this windows blog post. If you want to learn more about what Windows 11 means for developers, visit the windows developer blogs.
Faster, More Secure, And Familiar For It:
For IT, Windows 11 is built on the consistent, compatible, and familiar Windows 10 foundation you know. You’ll plan for, prepare and deploy Windows 11 just as you do today with Windows 10. Upgrading to Windows 11 will be like taking a Windows 10 update.
The familiar management experiences you have in place today like Microsoft Endpoint Manager, cloud configuration, Windows Update for Business, and Autopilot will support your environment of tomorrow as you integrate Windows 11 into your estate.
Just as with Windows 10, we are deeply committed to app compatibility, which is a core design tenet of Windows 11. We stand behind our promise that your applications will work on Windows 11 with App assure, a service that helps customers with 150 or more users fix any app issues they might run into at no additional cost.
Windows 11 is also secure by design, with new built-in security technologies that will add protection from the chip to the cloud, while enabling productivity and new experiences. Windows 11 provides a Zero Trust-ready operating system to protect data and access across devices.
We have worked closely with our OEM and silicon partners to raise security baselines to meet the needs of the evolving threat landscape and the new hybrid work world. Since day one of developing Windows 11, we have been working closely with our hardware and silicon partners for seamless integration across software and hardware.
That co-engineering begins with innovation in silicon. From AMD and the depth of the incredible graphics brought by the Ryzen processors to the incredible performance of Intel’s 11th gen and Evo Processors to Qualcomm’s AI prowess, 5G, and Arm support, the innovation of our silicon partners brings together the best of Windows 11 with the largest hardware ecosystem in the world.
And with Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Surface, and others, we’ve worked to ensure most PCs* you can buy today will be ready for Windows 11 across a variety of form factors and price points. Together, we’ve tuned Windows 11 to not only be optimized for speed and efficiency but to take advantage of improved experiences with touch, inking, and voice.
When you use Windows 11 on a tablet without a keyboard, we’ve improved the experience for touch, creating more space between the icons in the taskbar, adding bigger touch targets and subtle visual cues to make resizing and moving windows easier, as well as adding gestures.
We’re also enabling haptics to make using your pen even more engaging and immersive – allowing you to hear and feel the vibrations as you click through and edit or sketch. Lastly, we’ve brought forward enhancements in voice typing.
Windows 11 is incredible at recognizing what you say; it can automatically punctuate for you and comes with voice commands. This is a fantastic feature for when you want to take a break from typing and speak your ideas instead.
Windows 11 will be available through a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs beginning this holiday. To check if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, visit Windows.com to download the PC health check app.
We are also working with our retail partners to make sure Windows 10 PCs you buy today are ready for the upgrade to Windows 11. The free upgrade will begin to roll out to eligible Windows 10 PCs this holiday and continue into 2022.
And next week, we will begin to share an early build of Windows 11 to the Windows Insider Program this is a passionate community of Windows fans whose feedback is important to us. This is just the beginning Windows is more than just an operating system; it’s a fabric woven into our lives and in our work.
It’s where we connect with people, it’s where we learn, work and play. Over time it is remained familiar and adapted to us. We hope you are as pumped as we are for Windows 11. We cannot wait to see what Windows 11 empowers people to do and inspires them to create.
Seven Easy Ways To Take Screenshots On Windows 11:
Microsoft’s desktop operating system has long had numerous options for capturing images from your PC’s screen, perhaps too many. Fortunately, Microsoft 11 simplifies the situation, and the latest OS update adds a new twist screen video recording see Snipping Tool, below. Here are the best ways to take screenshots on your computer in Windows 11.
The methods range from long-standing keyboard shortcuts to the more modern and capable tools that let you do things like set timers for the screenshots as well as edit and share them.
Following are the seven different ways of taking screenshots on Windows 11.
- Use the print screen key to paste
- Use the print screen key with one drive
- Use the window key print screen keyboard shortcuts
- Use the snipping tool
- Use a third-party screenshot utility
- Use the gamer bar
- Use the volume up and power button on the surface table
1. Use The Print Screen Key To Paste:
Press the Print Screen key sometimes spelled out as Print Screen and the full desktop image copies to the clipboard. You then must paste the image into an app that will accept it, such as Paint, Paint 3D, or Adobe Photoshop If you want to capture only the active application window, add the Alt key, for Alt-Print Screen.
Using this key combo saves the current window to the clipboard, and from there you must paste it into an imaging application. On Windows 11, the result can be a little strange because the rounded corners are extended to squared-off corners since image files are always rectangular.
2. Use The Print Screen Key With One Drive:
You can also use the Print screen in combination with OneDrive to automatically create an image file of your screenshot in one drive. I’m including this method separately from the standard Print screen option because the result is so different and saves you the extra steps of opening an app and pasting from the clipboard.
Here’s how to set it up: Click or right-click on OneDrive’s cloud icon on the right side of the taskbar. Choose Settings and then the Backup tab of the dialog box and check. Automatically Save Screenshots I capture to OneDrive.
That one simple check box changes everything about the Print screen: You no longer have to open an image app or paste from the clipboard. Instead, an image file is automatically created in the OneDrive folder of your choice, which appears on the desktop just like a local file.
You can also access it from any device where you can access OneDrive (there are clients for every platform). I always use this method when I think I may need to use the screenshot as an image file rather than just pasting it somewhere. It’s also handy when I don’t have time to save an image file in a separate step, such as during a live presentation.
3. Use The Window Key Print Screen Keyboard Shortcuts:
If you want to take screenshots and automatically save them somewhere other than OneDrive, you can hit the Windows Key together with the Print screen key. This method causes the screen to dim briefly and places a PNG file in the Pictures Screenshots folder by default.
Note the different placement of the Print Screen key on the keyboard in the image above. You can also paste the shot anywhere right after using this method.
4. Use The Snipping Tool:
Windows 11 cleans up the previous screenshot tooling confusion in Windows by combining the earlier Snipping Tool with Windows 10’s terrific Snip & Sketch tool. The easiest way to get to the Snipping Tool is by pressing Windows Key-Shift-S.
That keyboard shortcut gives you a choice to take a screenshot using a rectangular selection, freehand selection, window, or full-screen capture (that’s the order of the icons you choose from in the image above). For the first two options, draw with the cursor to select the area you want to capture.
For the second two choices, just click over the target. Once you release the cursor, you see a notification in the lower-right-hand corner showing a thumbnail image of the screenshot. You can ignore this if you just want to paste the screenshot into another app since this method also copies the screenshot to the clipboard.
Or you can click on the notification area’s thumbnail to open the Snipping Tool interface shown below. Here, you can mark up the screenshot with a pen or highlighter, or you can crop it. You can use a ruler to draw straight lines, and the finger button lets you draw on a touch screen.
Most importantly, you can save the screenshot and any edits using the 3.5-inch floppy disk icon some visual metaphors never die. A Share button lets you send the image using Windows 11’s standard share panel, and you can also print the image or open it in another app from the menu options.
One beef I have with this utility’s crop feature is that it does not offer aspect-ratio options. I had like to be able to, for example, choose a 16:9 widescreen size, and I doubt I’m alone in that. As it is now, you have to take the image into Paint, Paint 3D, or some other image editing program to get this simple capability.
I also wish the Snipping Tool gave access to previous screenshots as the OneDrive option above and the SnagIt option below do. If you want to use a timer before snapping the screen, simply type Snipping in the Start menu and open the program window, rather than using the keyboard shortcut.
If you change your mind after hitting Windows Key-Shift-S and don’t want to shoot the screenshot, the Esc key backs you out of the process.
Three last tricks:
You can change the behavior of the Print screen key to open the Snipping Tool instead of copying the image to the clipboard. Head to Settings, Accessibility, and Keyboard and check the Use the Print Screen Button to Open Screen Snipping box (the bottom option in the screenshot below.
If you have a Surface Pen stylus, double-tapping its eraser button opens the Snipping Tool. If you enable clipboard history, you will see your last few screenshots available for pasting when you hit Windows Key-V. That actually works with any of the screenshot methods here that copy the image to the clipboard.
5. Use A Third-Party Screenshot Utility:
For many years I was a devout Snaglt user it is still a PC Mag Editors’ Choice winner for screenshot utilities particularly because I liked how it saved any screenshots you took for use later. I now find that the built-in Windows screenshot tools serve my needs adequately.
SnagIt can also capture videos of screen action and window scrolling. Read our roundup of third-party screenshot utilities to learn more about the options available.
6. Use The Gamer Bar:
Window key-G opens the Game bar. From there, if you go to the Capture window, you will see a camera icon. Tap that, and your screenshot is saved somewhat counterintuitively to the Videos Captures folder under your main user folder.
You can change the target folder in the main Windows Settings app. Alternatively, you can tap the Windows Key-Alt-Print Screen shortcut to bypass opening the Game bar.
7. Use The Volume Up And Power Button On The Surface Table:
Taking screenshots on a surface table is different from doing it on a PC unless you have a keyboard attached. The on-screen touch keyboard has no Print Sc key. On the Surface Pro 8 and most of its predecessors, press the volume and power button at the same time to take a screenshot.
Be careful to press the buttons simultaneously, or else you’ll end up turning off the screen. The result of shooting this way is the same as pressing Windows Key PrtSc; an image is saved to your Pictures>Screenshots folder.
Older Surface tablets used the Fn-window key and spacebar combination on their attached keyboards, and some had you press the power button and a hardware Windows button simultaneously.
On the Dell latitude table, you use the Power Button and Volume Down buttons simultaneously; you might have to experiment or dig into documentation if you have a less-popular tablet model. And as mentioned previously, double-tapping the back button on a Surface Pen opens the Snipping Tool.
Record Your Snap With The Snipping Tool:
The February 2023 update to Windows 11 brings a new capability to the Snipping Tool: screen recording To use this functionality. You must run the utility as the screen recording option doesn’t appear when you press Windows Key-Shift-S.
Once the app is open, tap the movie camera icon, then press New. Choose a screen area to record, wait for a three, two, or one-countdown, and do your thing on the screen. Once you stop recording, you see a playback of the video, and you can save or share it just as with a still screenshot.
In conclusion, This article has discussed everything to answer the question of taking a screenshot on Windows 11. We have also discussed how one can take a screenshot via keyboard shortcuts and through third-party apps.
Screenshot reduces the time it takes to communicate with team members and can help get work done quickly. On Windows systems, it’s pretty easy to take a screenshot. It is super easy to take a screenshot of any picture, the whole page, or a part of the screen on Windows 11.
One can either use various default keyboard shortcuts or take the help of applications like Green shot or Tech Smith. With the help of such software, you can capture whatever fancies your attention as well as what needs to be saved in the gallery. This article will discuss how to take a screenshot on windows 11.