Windows 11 debuted last Tuesday (5) and gave the world a modern and detailed look with many animations and “light effects” – a reference to transparency effects throughout the interface, Microsoft suggests. In this context, and despite the news of the new “charming” operating system, some users may find changes that make them feel nostalgic or, in extreme cases, the desire to undo the update.
The duality of this situation is due, more specifically to the new design language of Windows 11, to Reuse of some resources present in previous versions and the intentional absence of others, at least in this latest compilation. While redundancy doesn’t bother you, appearing as an “alternative” to new features, Abstention lacking Even if they present themselves in small changes, generally imperceptible, but they are uncomfortable in everyday life.
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Taskbar: faster and less efficient
1. Drag, grab and drop
Perhaps the greatest example of this is the absence Drag and drop feature In the Windows 11 taskbar. Users use the gesture for basic and productivity tasks, facilitating communication between open programs. In the first beta versions of the operating system, the change was seen as a failure by users, however, it remained until the final version.
Apparently, the decision may have been planned by Microsoft as a way to encourage two other sources, also focused on productivity, which have received a lot of attention in Presentation for Windows 11. These are Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, which enhance the operating system’s “multi-window” experience with smart, pre-set settings.
Snap Layouts feature helps you organize windows, but it does not work well in all programs. (Source: TecMundo, Adriano Camacho)Source: Techmundo, Adriano Camacho
The assumption is made by the same “drag and drop” gesture, which although not allowed in the taskbar – which was previously considered the basis of a traditional workflow – works fine while programs are in windowed mode or even by the “ALT + Tab” shortcut . The change favors desktops, but hinders productivity on other devices like Windows 11-capable laptops and tablets, likely due to its smaller screen.
However, Microsoft has already acknowledged the indignity of some users and appears to be working on a fix, as it was explained Newer Windows. In this context, the source also claims that the fix could take up to a year, as it is provided in “22H2” version of Windows 11.
2. No quick blends
Likewise, the practical shortcut for mixing audio output from open programs and applications is no longer present in the Windows 11 taskbar. If a user needs to change certain playback volumes while playing a game, movie or music session, it will be necessary to open the system settings or adjust the entire group at once, Without the possibility of using a small window. size mixer.
The “Volume Mixer” feature is now in a section of the Settings app. (Source: TecMundo, Adriano Camacho)Source: Techmundo, Adriano Camacho
3. Optical more than functional
Still dealing with changes in Taskbar Tools, “impoverishment” should be highlighted on its part. Although most of the previous features are still present, their functionality has been reduced or restricted for no apparent reason. Examples include the lack of integration of events in the calendar, the inaccuracy of the clock and the impossibility of grouping and ungrouping items.
On the left, the side section of the taskbar in Windows 10; Right, copy it on Windows 11. (Source: TecMundo, Adriano Camacho)Source: Techmundo, Adriano Camacho
4. Inconsistent animation
Although they are only reflected in the visual ‘flaws’, some of the inconsistencies in the ‘motion design’ of Windows 11 end up breaking the immersion in fluidity. This term was coined by Microsoft to refer to the many animations added to the operating system’s interface, in order to make it more dynamic.
Windows 11 thumbnail animation is also the most beautiful thing. Without paying attention, everything seems too fluid. Once you notice their presence, it becomes more satisfying.
– Adriano Camacho (@AdrianoCamaccho) October 6, 2021
However, some features are a setback compared to Windows 10, such as “Nightlight”, which now has screen transitions to “informally” warmer tones, taking out the gradual effect that softened the experience. The same can be said about the Airplane Mode and Bluetooth options that get complicated when viewing animations for activation and deactivation.
5. Lack of useful shortcuts
Last but not least, there is a significant reduction in the tools offered by right-clicking on the taskbar. In Windows 10 and earlier, a wide range of options were displayed in the command, while in Windows 11 only a shortcut to Settings was shown.
Comparison of taskbar options in Windows 10 and Windows 11. (Source: TecMundo, Adriano Camacho)Source: Techmundo, Adriano Camacho
For those who used to open Task Manager with a right-click, this is no longer possible. Now, the fastest way to access the function is the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc, as well as a direct search in the Start menu program search.
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