The Action Center features in Windows 10 have been moved to a new “Quick Settings” menu in Windows 11. It looks very similar to Mac’s Control Center. We’ll take a quick look at its features and functionality below.
A Handy Menu for Changing Settings Quickly
There will be times when you need to make a quick adjustment to a setting on your computer, but you definitely don’t want to go digging through menus or the complete Windows Settings app to do so. Then you should definitely make use of Windows 11’s Quick Settings. In order to get a sneak peek, we downloaded Windows 11 Insider Preview.
Using the status icons (Wi-Fi, speaker, and battery in our example), located in the bottom right corner of the screen, you may quickly reach the Quick Settings menu in Windows 11. It’s in the taskbar to the left of the clock and date. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Windows+A. (which is the Action Center shortcut in Windows 10).
A round-cornered menu will appear instantly when you click it. There are shortcut keys for turning on and off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as for accessing the airplane mode, battery saver, focus aid, accessibility settings, and night light (which modifies the screen’s color temperature).
There’s also a quick shortcut to Windows Settings, a volume control, a screen brightness control, a battery percentage indication (for compatible devices), and a small battery icon (a small gear).
You can access additional settings for menu items like Accessibility by clicking their primary button, which will then update the Quick Settings menu to reflect those settings. To return to the standard Quick Settings interface, click the back button in the top left corner.
The Quick Settings menu can be customized by clicking the pencil icon located in the menu’s bottom right corner.
To remove items from the menu, click the pencil symbol to gray out the icons and then the small “unpin” icons (that look like a crossed-out pushpin).
In addition, there is a “Add” button where you can select new controls for the Quick Settings from a drop-down menu. Connect (which manages streaming to Miracast devices), Keyboard Layout, Mobile Hotspot, Nearby Sharing, Project, and Rotation Lock are the current options.
The Quick Settings menu will extend vertically to accommodate all of the extra buttons if you choose to add them all.
You can dismiss the Quick Settings menu by clicking somewhere else on the screen or by pressing the Escape key. It’s not always possible to toggle the menu by pressing the Quick Settings button area in the taskbar, however, this may be due to a glitch in the Windows 11 Insider Preview we’re using.
However, the early signs are promising, and it’s probable that Quick Settings will undergo further refinement as Windows 11 nears its eventual release.