The Best Windows 11 Hidden Features, Tips & Tricks

In this post I’m going to share some of my favourite Windows features that might not be widely known.

I use Windows 11 Pro but not all of these features are specific to my version of the operating system. If you are on Windows 10, many of these tips and tricks will still work.

Let’s get to it.

Best Windows Hidden Features

1. Clipboard History

One of the most useful features in Windows 11 is the Clipboard History, which allows you to store multiple items in the clipboard for future use. 

Activated by pressing Windows Key + V, this tool can remember your copied text, images, and even HTML formats. 

It’s especially handy if you need to frequently juggle various pieces of data throughout the day.

2. Snipping Tool with Windows Key + Shift + S

You can quickly access the revamped Snipping Tool in Windows 11 using the shortcut Windows Key + Shift + S

This feature allows you to capture parts of your screen without hassle. 

Once activated, you can choose from rectangular, freeform, window, or full-screen snips. 

The screenshot will then be copied to the clipboard, ready to be pasted or edited in the Snipping Tool app.

3. Scroll Over the Volume Icon to Adjust Volume

Simply hover over the volume icon in your system tray and scroll up or down to quickly adjust the system volume—a convenient shortcut for precise volume control.

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4. Virtual Desktops

You can Improve your workflow by organising your applications on multiple virtual desktops. 

Accessible through Windows Key + Tab, this feature lets you create separate desktop environments for different purposes—say one for work and another for personal use. 

You can easily switch between these desktops, helping to keep your workspace uncluttered and your tasks neatly compartmentalised.

5. Windows Package Manager (winget)

winget is a command-line utility for installing applications. Some of the most commonly used commands include:

  • winget install [appname]: Instals the specified application.
  • winget search [appname]: Searches for an application in the repository.
  • winget list: Lists installed applications.
  • winget upgrade [appname]: Upgrades the specified application to the latest version.
  • winget uninstall [appname]: Uninstalls the specified application.

6. Run Commands as Admin with Ctrl+Shift+Enter

In the Run dialog (opened with Windows Key + R), typing a command and pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter will launch the application with administrative privileges, streamlining tasks that require elevated access.

The Microsoft Phone Link feature in Windows 11 allows you to connect Android or iPhone smartphones with your PC.

I find it useful to send and receive text messages and receive phone’s notifications all on my PC without having to use the phone. 

It even supports screen mirroring, allowing you to interact with your phone’s apps directly from your Windows desktop.

8. Eco Mode in Task Manager

Task Manager now includes an Eco Mode, which allows you to limit the resources used by a specific process. 

This is particularly useful for controlling resource-hungry applications that might be slowing down your system. 

Simply right-click on the process and enable Eco Mode to help manage your CPU’s workload more efficiently.

The Bottom Line

Those are some of my favourite lesser known Windows features.

I’m sure there are many more and I look forward to discovering them and sharing them with you.

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