New Windows 11 Insider Features You Didn’t Know About

Microsoft is constantly updating the Windows 11 Insider program with new features. Check out some of the best new features you may have missed!

Windows 11 is the latest and greatest version of the Windows operating system. It comes with a variety of features that make it easier for users to navigate their computers and use programs. Just like previous versions, Windows 11 also has an Insider program that allows users to test out new features and provide feedback to help improve the system.

Microsoft releases new Insider builds regularly, with new features being added all the time. Based on user feedback, these features get adjusted and refined to provide the best possible experience in the stable Windows 11 updates. Some features make quite the fuss, but there are also some hidden gems that may not be as well-known.

Let’s take a look at some of the Insider features that are included in Windows 11.

Windows 11 features

Everything New in Windows 11 Insider Builds

On 14th December 2022, Microsoft unveiled all the new and fascinating features that come with Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25267 on the Dev Channel. With this build, many system enhancements are available for those who join their complimentary Insiders program!


  • Microsoft is now making ISOs of this build available for download.
  • Insiders, rejoice! The newest update includes a selection of enhancements and bug fixes that will make your experience even more delightful.
  • Take a dive into the fourth episode of Insider Windows 11 Season 2, where you'll get to explore the new Windows 11 update!
  • This is the last scheduled Dev Channel flight to be released during this holiday season. Luckily, Microsoft has got Insiders covered for January 2023 with a new set of builds!

Let's dive into all the exciting new features that come with the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Builds. Whether you're a seasoned Insider or new to the program, this update is sure to delight and impress.

#1. Universal Search Bar

Windows 11 search bar

Microsoft is continuing its commitment to modernizing the user experience by launching a new design for their Search bar on the taskbar. This latest update gives the Search bar smoother, more rounded corners along with other adjustments. For users on the Dev Channel, this updated treatment will become available with the upcoming build.

Those who notice the tweak can easily adjust it further by right-clicking on the taskbar and accessing taskbar settings. Microsoft has always strived to make its products as sleek and cutting-edge as possible, and this move continues that goal.

Select Search on your taskbar and simply start typing what you’d like to find. You’ll get personalized results from your files, photos, contacts, emails, and even the web.

Windows 11 universal search

#2. Windows Studio Effects

Windows studio effects

Windows Studio effects have been integrated into Quick Settings on the taskbar for users with a supported Neural Processing Unit (NPU) device, making it faster and easier than ever to access the camera and audio effects. With one click from the taskbar, you can now adjust settings such as Background Blur, Eye Contact, automatic framing, Voice Focus, and more.

For those who prefer to find their effects elsewhere, all of these options remain available in the Settings pages.

#3. Energy Recommendations

Energy Recommendations

It's time to step up and go green with Microsoft's new Energy Recommendations. Located conveniently under Settings > System > Power & Battery, these recommendations are designed to make your PC more energy efficient and give you the chance to reduce your carbon footprint in the process.

With guidance on how to adjust power settings, such as using dark mode or limiting background apps from running, this really is a fantastic way of making a difference to the environment. So why not take a few minutes to review the recommendations and unlock their potential for both you and planet Earth?

#4. Task Manager

Task Manager

The Task Manager is a central tool that users rely on to monitor and manage their devices. In the new Windows 11 update, Microsoft has made enhancements that improve its functionality and accessibility.

Microsoft is introducing process filtering to Task Manager that will make tracking processes easier than ever before! You can filter by binary name, PID, or publisher name - the algorithm then matches your keyword with all possible matches and displays them on the page you are currently viewing. Moreover, this same filter is applied as soon as you switch between pages for a more seamless experience.

Theme support has also been added for the Task Manager, meaning that you can use Dark Mode and light mode, depending on your preference. This is just another example of how Microsoft is always looking for ways to improve and optimize its products - we can't wait to see what they come up with next!

#5. Suggested Actions

Suggested Actions

When copying text that potentially has searchable content, Windows will provide an unobtrusive UI that allows you to simply and swiftly select the option of searching this text utilizing Microsoft Edge. If chosen, a new tab in Edge will be opened with immediate results from the copied text.

Currently, this feature is only available to Windows Insiders in the United States, however, Microsoft plans on expanding it globally with future updates of Windows 11.

#6. Snap Assist

Snap Assist is a feature that allows you to arrange multiple windows on your screen quickly and easily. You can snap a window to the left or right side of the screen, take up a quarter of the screen, or maximize it to take up the full screen. To use Snap Assist, simply click and drag a window to the side of the screen, and Windows will automatically snap it into place. You can then snap another window to the other side of the screen or snap a third window to take up a quarter of the screen.

#7. File History

File History is a feature that allows you to keep a backup of all your important files. This feature automatically creates a backup of all your files in a designated location, and you can restore them at any time if you accidentally delete a file or if your computer crashes. To use File History, simply go to the Control Panel, select File History, and set it up to back up your files.

#8. GodMode

GodMode is a hidden feature in Windows that provides you with access to all of the control panel options in one place. To access GodMode, create a new folder on your desktop, and then rename it to "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}". Once you've renamed the folder, you'll be able to access all the control panel options from within this folder.

#9. Quick Link Menu

The Quick Link menu is a hidden feature that allows you to access frequently used files and applications quickly and easily. To access the Quick Link menu, right-click on the Windows taskbar, and select "Taskbar Settings." In the Taskbar Settings, turn on the "Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show Desktop button at the end of the taskbar" option. Once you've turned this option on, you'll be able to access the Quick Link menu by moving your mouse to the Show Desktop button at the end of the taskbar.

#10. Virtual Desktops

Virtual Desktops are a feature that allows you to create multiple virtual desktops, each with its own set of open windows and applications. This is useful if you need to switch between multiple projects or if you want to keep your desktop organized. To create a virtual desktop, click on the Task View button on the taskbar, and then click on the "New Desktop" button. You can then switch between virtual desktops by clicking on the Task View button and selecting the desktop you want to switch to.


How do I get the new Windows 11 Insider features?

You need to sign up for the Windows 11 Insider Program to access these new features.

How do I sign up for the Windows 11 Insider Program?

To sign up for the Windows 11 Insider Program, visit the Microsoft website and click on the link to join. You will need to provide some basic information about yourself and your device. Once you have submitted this information, you will be able to take part in the beta testing and try out all of the new features.

Is the Windows 11 Insider Program free?

Yes. Joining the Windows 11 Insider Program is completely free, and you will have access to all of the latest updates and features.

Can I leave the Windows 11 Insider Program?

Yes. You can leave the Windows 11 Insider Program at any time. If you do choose to leave the program, be aware that you will no longer have access to the latest updates and features.

How do I provide feedback about the new Windows 11 Insider features?

To provide feedback and suggestions to Microsoft, use the Feedback hub by pressing Win + F on your keyboard.


Windows 11 is Microsoft’s latest step in continuing to modernize the Windows user experience. Along with other new features and updates, the new Insider releases include major improvements to security, accessibility, performance, and more. These features will likely make their way into the stable, mainline Windows 11 updates in the foreseeable future.

If you have any questions about how these changes might affect you or need help getting started with the new operating system, our team at SoftwareKeep is always here to help. Contact us today for answers to all your software needs!

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