Windows 11 to get improved airplane mode and notification center

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Windows 11 airplane mode

On Windows 11, a new Quick Settings menu replaces the Action Center and notifications are now housed above the calendar UI in a separate box. Windows 11’s new Quick Settings resembles Windows 10X’s Quick Settings and it lets you enable features like airplane mode without going through menus or the full Windows Settings app.

Right now, if you open the Quick Settings menu in Windows 11, and click on the airplane icon, Microsoft will turn off all wireless connections, including cellular (if available), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

Microsoft is working on a new feature that will remember when you turn on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi while the device is in aeroplane mode. For example, if you manually turn on Bluetooth when the device is in airplane mode, Microsoft will remember your preference and Bluetooth will be enabled automatically when you toggle airplane mode next time.

This would make it easier to keep listening to headphones and remain connected while travelling, according to Microsoft officials.

Airplane mode preference

As you can see in the above screenshot, Windows 11 alert will notify users when their preference has been saved to the cloud.

Windows 11’s notification center is getting better

As you’re probably aware, Windows 11’s notification center has been moved to the Calendar flyout. The notification feed can be accessed by clicking on the date and time.

Microsoft is now working on a series of changes to improve the experience of the notification center on Windows 11. In the latest preview update, Microsoft is A/B testing a new feature where three high priority notifications will be stacked and shown at the same time.

This will apply to apps that send high priority notifications like calls, reminders, alarms and others that leverage Windows notifications.

Windows 11’s updated notification center behaviour could reduce clutter as the feed will house up to four notifications at the same time, including high priority notifications and one normal notification.

Microsoft is currently testing notification center improvements with a small group of users in the Dev Channel, so it isn’t available to all testers just yet.

Additionally, Microsoft is also experimenting with new customization options for Start Menu and taskbar.

Unsurprisingly, there’s no ETA as to when these nifty improvements could go live in the production channel, but you can expect them as part of the next major Windows 11 update, scheduled to arrive in October or November 2022.

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