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Windows 11 tips and tricks you didn't know you needed until now

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“I would like tips on using Windows 11. Thanks for the nice articles – Wayne”

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It’s been about 20 months since Windows 11 was released, and its capabilities are pretty impressive. However, many of you may not even realize just how much the program has to offer. Here are nine of my best tips and tricks for Windows 11 users.

How to turn on the Night Light schedule

  • Go to Start
  • Select Settings
  • Click System
  • Select Display
  • Click Night light
  • You can easily adjust the Strength of the Night Light function by moving the slider from left to right to suit your preference
  • Turn on Schedule night light by toggling On
  • Select either Sunset to sunrise, or Set hours (To set hours enter custom times for the night light to turn on and off)*It is important to note that if you want to use Sunset to sunrise, you must turn on location services. To do this – click where it says Location settings in blue and toggle On Location settings. Also, toggle On Let apps access your location. Then tap the left arrow in the upper right corner to take you back to the Night light settings
  • *It is important to note that if you want to use Sunset to sunrise, you must turn on location services. To do this – click where it says Location settings in blue and toggle On Location settings. Also, toggle On Let apps access your location. Then tap the left arrow in the upper right corner to take you back to the Night light settings
  • Then when you are ready to enable the Night light feature – tap Turn on Now

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Screenshot of the settings screen on a Windows 11 computer.

You can set the time on Windows 11 to adjust the light. (CyberGuy.com)

2. Enable Focus Mode

When you’re trying to work on a project, it can be distracting when you’re constantly receiving notifications. That’s why Windows 11 allows you to enable Focus Mode, where you will still get notifications without them directly alerting you or making noise. 

How to turn on Focus mode

  • Select Start
  • Select Settings
  • Click System
  • Click Focus
    Select session duration – click the or + to increase or decrease the time
    Decide if you want to – Show the timer in the clock app, Hide badges on taskbar apps, Hide flashing taskbar apps, or turn on do not disturb – if you do want to enable any of these, just check the box beside it
  • Select session duration – click the or + to increase or decrease the time
  • Decide if you want to – Show the timer in the clock app, Hide badges on taskbar apps, Hide flashing taskbar apps, or turn on do not disturb – if you do want to enable any of these, just check the box beside it
  • Then select Start focus session

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Screenshot of the Settings screen to turn on Focus Mode.

Screenshot instructions on how to turn on Focus Mode. (CyberGuy.com)

3. Save your battery life with Sleep Settings

You always want to make sure you get the most battery life out of your computer, and adjusting its sleep behavior can help preserve that battery life immensely. 

How to adjust your Sleep Settings

  • Select Start
  • Go to Settings
  • Click System
  • Select Power & battery
  • Scroll down and click Screen and sleep 
  • Then select how long you want your device to wait before turning the screen off. Here are the options:
    On battery power, turn off my screen after
    When plugged in, turn off my screen after
    On battery power, put my device to sleep after
    When plugged in, put my device to sleep after
  • On battery power, turn off my screen after
  • When plugged in, turn off my screen after
  • On battery power, put my device to sleep after
  • When plugged in, put my device to sleep after

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Screenshot of the Power & battery screen.

Screenshot instructions on how to adjust the Sleep seettings. (CyberGuy.com)

  • You can adjust each time frame by clicking the Never dropdown and selecting a time limit

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Screenshot of the Power & batter screen.

Screenshot instructions on how to change the settings so that your computer doesn’t fall asleep. (CyberGuy.com)

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4. Use Live Captions

Live captions will give you live subtitles for a video on the spot, as opposed to only having closed captions where they were already present for certain videos. Those who need captions can strongly benefit from this setting.

How to enable and customize Live Captions

How to enable Camera protection

  • Select Start
  • Go to Settings
  • Click Privacy & security 
  • Scroll down and select Camera under App Permissions
  • Turn on Let apps access your camera, and then you can choose which apps can access your camera or not

Once you have turned on camera protection, apps will need to ask your permission before they can access your camera. If you don’t want an app to access your camera, you can deny the request.

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Screenshot of the Clipboard screen.

Screenshot instructions on how to turn on Clipboard history. (CyberGuy.com)

  • Once enabled, you can press Windows key + V to view your clipboard history and select the item that you want to paste

7. Use the snipping tool

The Snipping tool allows you to take screenshots or screen recordings of either your full screen or a section of your screen. 

How to use the Snipping tool

  • Go to Start
  • Search for Snipping tool
  • Select the application
  • Click the camera icon if you want to take a picture
  • Click the video recording icon if you want to record your screen
  • Click +New when you’re ready to begin, and adjust the parameters to fit the section of the screen you want to capture/record
  • Save or send your items by clicking the icons in the top right

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Screenshot of the Typing screen.

Screenshot instructions on how to turn on the autocorrect feature. (CyberGuy.com)

9. Change the size and style of your mouse pointer

If you’re someone who struggles to see the pointer on your computer screen or to see where it’s landing exactly, you can adjust its size. 

How to change the size and style of your mouse pointer

  • Go to Start
  • Go to Settings
  • Click Accessibility 
  • Tap Mouse pointer and touch
  • Choose a pointer style (white, black or inverted) or adjust the size to make your mouse bigger on the screen

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What other lesser-known features or hidden gems have you discovered in Windows 11 that you would recommend to fellow users? Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact

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