Windows 11 Registry Hacks

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Windows 11 Registry Hacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 11 Registry Hacks + Tips

When new information is released, we will update the list below.

Updated: 10th October 2021

Activate clipboard history

If you’re anything like us, you’re forever copying and pasting text and other things from one place to another then you’ll love this setting.

Simply press Windows key + V to open clipboard history to access anything you’ve copied recently. History stores as many as 25 items, so it’s worth bearing that in mind for the sake of security. If you’re copying passwords or other sensitive data, you might want to clear that history regularly.

You can also find emojis and gifs in this part of the clipboard which you might like to use when chatting to friends or colleagues.

Game mode

There are various settings gamers can activate to crank out even more power from Windows for a better gaming experience.

One of these is Game Mode.

Hit the Windows key and search for Game Mode and then simply turn that on and you can get a boost with ease. Other highlights include Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling and ultra-performance power settings that can be turned out with a couple of clicks.

Game captures

Windows 11 is optimized for gamers just like Windows 10, which means you can access some settings to make the most of your gaming session.

Hitting Windows Key + G, for example, launches the Xbox Game Bar. From there you can do all sorts of things from monitoring system performance to chatting with Xbox friends across Xbox console, mobile and PC.

The highlight for us though, is how the Xbox Game Bar makes it dead simple to capture game footage and screenshots in an instant.

How to screenshot easily in Windows 11

To streamline your productivity it’s possible to change a setting in Windows so you can press the print screen button and launch Microsoft’s handy Snip & Sketch tool.

Navigate to Windows settings and accessibility or search for the setting by pressing the Windows key and typing “Use the print screen key to launch screen snipping” then clicking that setting.

When you do this, whenever you press the button on your keyboard you’ll launch the tool and then can easily select the area, window or display you want to capture.

Focus assist

Another handy Windows 11 feature is yet again aimed at productivity. Focus assist disables notifications so you can keep working hard on the task at hand without being disturbed.

To activate it go to system settings or hit the Windows key and search for Focus Assist then activate it or set it to come on at specific times to maximize your productivity.

Compact folder view

The Windows 11 design overhaul means there are some subtle changes to the layout and design of things. This includes a little extra spacing between folders and filers in explorer.

If you’re not a fan though, you can go back to the Windows 10 style by clicking view, then selecting “compact view” from the drop-down menu.

Shake to minimize

If you’ve got too many windows open then this setting can help you focus or get rid of distractions.

This setting has been in Windows for a while, it’s off by default in Windows 11 but easy to turn on.

Hit the Windows key and type “Multitasking” from there you’ll find a winder where there’s an option for “title bar window shake”. Turn that on. Then when you grab a window by the top and shake it Windows 11 will minimize everything else. When you’re done, you can repeat the shaking process and you’ll bring all the other windows back into view.

Go easy on your eyes

Find you have trouble sleeping after a long day at your PC? No problem, Windows 11 has a “night light” mode which takes out some of the harshness from your screen and eases pressure on your eyes. Click the Windows key and search “Night light” then you can apply it straight away or set a time where you’d prefer it comes on.

Enable dark mode

It’s possible to change a number of different settings in Windows 11 including turning transparency on and off, adjusting colors and even selecting dark mode across all apps.

To do so, right-click the desktop and click personalize, then click colors. From there you can then tweak a number of settings including switching to dark mode.

Easy access settings

Did you know there’s a faster way to get to some of the essential settings and buttons – even simple things like turning your machine off.

Right-click on the start button and you’ll find a menu pops up with access to task managers, settings, search, power options and more. Much easier than digging through multiple menus.

How to put your start menu back on the left

With Windows 11 Microsoft has moved the start menu to the centre of the screen. This is to make it more naturally usable, but if you’re not a fan of change don’t worry because it’s easy to move it back to the left.

To do so follow these steps:

  1. Click the Windows key on your keyboard to start searching and type “taskbar settings”
  2. From the menu that pops up, scroll to the bottom and click “taskbar behavior”
  3. Then click the taskbar align dropdown menu and select “left”.

Easy.

Not a fan of Windows 11’s new right-click context menu? Here’s how to revert it.

Instead of showing options like Display Settings, Personalize, or any number of custom context menu entries (such as “edit with Notepad++” for text files), it shows only a few “common” ones. These include Open, Open with, Copy as path, Properties, and standard cut, copy, and paste controls. The “advanced” context menu options are still present but only accessible through the new “Show more options” button.

For those of us that use custom apps like Notepad++ and menus like Display settings frequently, that button is an unnecessary inconvenience. For the average user, though, this change might be a boon. If you don’t need all those extra options, why have them?

Fortunately, if you’re in the former camp, all is not lost. For the time being, you can restore the old context menu through a small registry change.

A quick note: when we say restore, we mean it. By following the steps below, you will lose the fancy rounded corners of Windows 11’s context menu, as well as its updated icons. At least, until you undo the changes, which we’ll explain later.

 

  • The first step is, of course, to open Windows 11’s Registry Editor. The easiest way to do this is to boot Windows’ “Run” menu by pressing the Windows key and R together, then typing regedit into the dialogue box that pops up. Click OK.
  • Once the Editor is open, you’ll see a file tree on the left side of the interface. Navigate through it like so: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Classes > CLSID.
  • With the CLSID folder open and selected, right-click any empty space on the right side of the interface and select New > Key with the name {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}.
  • Using the same method as before, create a key under your newly-created folder and name it InprocServer32.
  • With InprocServer32 selected, check that the value of the (Default) key on the right is “(value not set).” If it isn’t, double-click the key, ensure its value is blank and hit OK.
  • Close Registry Editor and reboot your system.

 

 

Windows 11 release date: October 5th 2021

With each new release build of Windows 11, everything can change, so even though some of the features below may work, they may not work when released.

Switch back to the Windows 10 ‘Classic’ Start Menu

To modify this registry value, you would create a DWORD 32-bit value named ‘Start_ShowClassicMode’ under the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ "Start_ShowClassicMode"

Possible DWORD 32-bit settings for the Start_ShowClassicMode value are:

Microsoft recently updated the latest preview build as of 14th July 2021 and removed the registry hack to alter the start menu. It won’t be long before a new change will take place.

0 = Use the new Windows 11 Start Menu
1 = Enable Windows 10 ‘Classic’ Start Menu

 

Windows 11 taskbar size

Windows 11 allows you to change the height and size of the icons on the taskbar via a Registry value named “TaskbarSi.”

To modify this registry value, you would create a DWORD 32-bit value named ‘TaskbarSi’ under the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ "TaskbarSi"

Possible DWORD 32-bit settings for the TaskbarSi value are:

0 = Small
1 = Medium
2 = Large

 

Widgets icon visibility on the taskbar

To control whether the Widgets button is visible on the taskbar, Microsoft introduced a new ‘TaskbarDa’ Registry value.

To modify this registry value, you would create a DWORD 32-bit value named ‘TaskbarDa’ under the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ "TaskbarDa"

Possible DWORD 32-bit settings for the TaskbarDa value are:

0 = Hidden
1 = Visible

 

Windows 11 taskbar alignment

Windows 11 now allows you to center or left align the Start button and pinned taskbar programs on the taskbar.

To control the alignment of the Windows 11 taskbar, Microsoft introduced a new ‘TaskbarAl ‘ Registry value.

To modify this registry value, you would create a DWORD 32-bit value named ‘TaskbarAl’ under the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ "TaskbarAl"

Possible DWORD 32-bit settings for the TaskbarAl value are:

0 = Left
1 = Center

 

Enable or disable the new Windows 11 Snap Assist flyout

In Windows 11, you can now access four predefined Windows snap layouts by hovering your mouse cursor over the maximize button in an open window, as shown below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ "EnableSnapAssistFlyout"

Possible DWORD 32-bit settings for the EnableSnapAssistFlyout value are:

0 = Disable
1 = Enable

You need to restart Windows 11 or the Windows Explorer process for changes to this setting to take effect.

 

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