Windows 11 For Dummies
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Windows 11 For Dummies

Andy Rathbone

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eBook - ePub

Windows 11 For Dummies

Andy Rathbone

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Need Windows help? Find the latest tips and tricks in this perennial favorite on Windows

Windows 11 promises to be the fastest, most secure, and most flexible version of the Microsoft operating system yet. With a promise like that, of course you want to start using it, as quickly as possible! Windows 11 For Dummies gives you that speed, security, and flexibility by getting you up to date with the latest in Windows. Windows expert and bestselling author Andy Rathbone gives you a helping hand by showing you how to get around the newly updated Windows 11 interface, how to use the new Windows tools like Teams and widgets, and how to use Android apps.

Your tour of Windows 11 starts with the Start menu and ends with how to troubleshoot when things go wrong. In between you find out how to find files on your hard drive, connect with friends and colleagues on Microsoft Teams, transfer photos from your phone to your hard drive, or switch between your desktop and laptop. Additional topics include:

  • Navigating the Start menu
  • Finding where your files are hiding
  • Adding separate user accounts to keep your kids out of your business
  • Connecting to a WiFi network
  • Customizing your widgets
  • Switching to a laptop or tablet

You know what you want to get done. Keep Windows 11 For Dummies by your desktop, laptop, and tablet, and you can open it at any time to find out how to get your Windows computer to do what you need.

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For Dummies
Computer Science
Operating Systems
Part 1

Windows 11 Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know

Understand the changes in Windows 11.
Navigate and customize the new Start menu.
Store files in the cloud with OneDrive.
Chapter 1

What Is Windows 11?

Getting to know Windows 11
Discovering the new features in Windows 11
Figuring out what’s missing from Windows 11
Keeping up with updates to Windows 11 and its apps
Understanding why Windows 11 often changes
Deciding whether your PC is powerful enough to run Windows 11
Knowing which version of Windows 11 you need
Chances are good that you’ve heard about Windows: the boxes and windows that greet you whenever you turn on your computer. In fact, millions of people worldwide are puzzling over Windows as you read this book. Most new computers and laptops sold today come with Windows preinstalled, ready to toss colorful boxes onto the screen.
This chapter helps you understand why Windows lives inside your computer, and I introduce Microsoft’s latest Windows version, Windows 11. I explain how Windows 11 differs from previous Windows versions, and why parts of Windows 11 and its gang of apps can change behind your back.

What Is Windows, and Why Are You Using It?

Created and sold by a company called Microsoft, Windows isn’t like your usual software that lets you calculate income taxes or send angry emails to politicians. No, Windows is an operating system, meaning it controls the way you work with your computer. It’s been around since 1985, and the latest incarnation is called Windows 11, shown in Figure 1-1.
Snapshot of Windows 11 looks different on different PCs, it usually looks much like this.
FIGURE 1-1: Although Windows 11 looks different on different PCs, it usually looks much like this.
The name Windows comes from all the little windows it places on your computer screen. Each window shows information, such as a picture, a program, or a baffling technical reprimand. You can place several windows onscreen simultaneously and jump from window to window, visiting different programs. Or you can enlarge one window to fill the entire screen.
When you turn on your computer, Windows jumps onto the screen and begins supervising any running programs. When everything goes well, you don’t really notice Windows; you simply see your programs or your work. When things don’t go well, though, Windows often leaves you scratching your head over a perplexing error message.
In addition to controlling your computer and bossing around your programs, Windows comes with a bunch of free programs and apps — mini-programs. These programs and apps let you do different things, such as write and print letters, browse the internet, play music, and send your friends dimly lit photos of your latest meal.
And why are you using Windows 11? Well, you probably didn’t have much choice. Nearly every computer, laptop, or Windows tablet sold after October 2021 comes with Windows 11 preinstalled. A few people escaped Windows by buying Apple computers (those nicer-looking computers that cost a lot more). But chances are good that you, your neighbors, your boss, and millions of other people around the world are using Windows.
  • Microsoft wants Windows 11 and its gang of apps to run on nearly everything: PCs, laptops, tablets, video game consoles, and even yet-to-be-invented gadgets. That’s why Windows 11 includes many large buttons for easier poking with fingers on touchscreens. Windows 11 can also run apps, small programs usually found on smartphones and tablets, in windows on a desktop PC.
  • To confuse everybody, Microsoft never released a Windows 9. Microsoft skipped a version number when moving from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
  • To confuse everybody even more, Microsoft said Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows. Six years later, Microsoft began pushing Windows 11.
  • New
    For years, the desktop’s Start menu lived in your screen’s lower-left corner. Windows 11 moves the Start menu, as well as the Windows key that launches it, to the screen’s bottom center. (I explain how to change it back to its old, lower-left corner home in Chapter 2.)

What’s New in Windows 11?

Microsoft views Windows 11 as a one-size-fits-all computing solution that runs on laptops and desktop PCs (shown earlier in Figure 1-1) as well as on touchscreens, including tablets, shown in Figure 1-2.
Windows 11 looks and behaves almost identically on each device, and it brings a bonus: Its apps and programs will run on a Windows 11 tablet, PC, and laptop.
Besides aiming to run on everything but clock radios, Windows 11 brings these changes to your computer:
  • Start button and menu: Windows 11 moves the Start button and menu from its traditional lower-left corner to the center of the screen. The revamped Start menu sports a few rows of icons, but leaves out the animated ti...


  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Introduction
  5. Part 1: Windows 11 Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know
  6. Part 2: Working with Programs, Apps, and Files
  7. Part 3: Getting Things Done on the Internet
  8. Part 4: Customizing and Upgrading Windows 11
  9. Part 5: Music, Photos, and Videos
  10. Part 6: Help!
  11. Part 7: The Part of Tens
  12. Index
  13. About the Author
  14. Connect with Dummies
  15. End User License Agreement