Windows 11 Apps Settings have quite a few additional features over what its predecessor had to offer. However, the main change was with the accessibility of the settings. Through the Windows 11 Apps Settings, you can manage Apps & features, Default apps, Offline maps, Optional features, Apps for websites, Video playback, Startups, etc.
Windows 11 App Settings
How to access Windows 11 Apps Settings?
The procedure to access App Settings in Windows 11 has changed slightly with the introduction of the new operating system. Now, Windows 11 Settings can be opened through the WinX Menu only. The procedure to access Windows 11 Apps Settings is as follows:
- Right-click on the Start button and select Settings.
- In the Settings menu, go to the Apps tab in the list on the left-hand side.
In the right pane, you will be able to view the App Settings which are as follows:
- Apps & features
- Default apps
- Offline maps
- Optional features
- Apps for websites
- Video playback
Windows 11 Apps Settings will help you manage Default Apps, Installed Apps, Offline Maps, Optional features, Video playback, Startup, Apps for websites, etc. We will discuss these settings in the article that follows.
1] Apps & features
When you sign in to your Windows 11 system for the first time, besides a few basic default applications, the operating system doesn’t have much for your use. Mostly, you would prefer to install external applications to the system either through website downloads or through the Microsoft Store. Whenever you download these applications, all of them do not show in the Programs and Features menu. So, you can check the Apps & features section for the installed applications. From here, you can uninstall, modify, and update the installed applications.
Using this option, you can also share the apps across multiple devices.
2] Default apps
The Default apps are the apps that are either pre-installed on your computer or those which are present in your system by default, even if not already installed. You cannot uninstall the Default apps from the main page of the Programs & Features window. From the Default options window in the Settings menu, you can both install and uninstall Default apps like Notepad.
3] Offline maps
Microsoft Maps are less known in comparison to Google Maps but are less commercialized and easier to understand. However, the real advantage of Microsoft maps is that the maps can be downloaded and stored offline. They can be accessed through the Offline Maps option in the Settings window.
4] Optional features
A lot of applications and features in Windows were removed after they either became redundant for most users or Microsoft didn’t find them to be important enough. However, they were shifted to a different section called Optional features. From this section in the Apps menu, you can activate the optional applications and features.
5] Apps for websites
A few links on web pages are allowed to trigger apps on the system directly. Eg. Microsoft Maps and Microsoft To-Do list can be opened directly by clicking on links directing to their related websites. The settings for the same can be managed through the Apps for websites panel.
6] Video playback
Windows 11 has this smart feature that can recognize the quality of videos and process them accordingly to save power despite presenting the best quality. You can also choose a custom option to save bandwidth while playing online videos at a lower resolution. Other than this, a preview is available for the settings.
A lot of applications start as soon as you start the system. These applications could be Microsoft internal applications or third-party ones. While most of these run in the background, some will launch the interface. These applications may cause high system usage at times or trigger unwanted processes or services. Thus, a lot of users might want to disable startup programs which could be done from the Startup menu.
How do I get to App Settings in Windows 11?
To get to the App settings in Windows 11, you need to open the Windows Settings panel first. Although there are so many methods, you can press the Win+I keyboard shortcut to get the job done. Next, you can switch to the Apps folder to open the App settings instantly on your computer.
Why would Windows 11 set an app to run on startup even though I never changed the app settings?
Whenever you install a third-party application on your system, it will push to launch at startup so it could prevent the use of its rivals. Thus, we check the Startup section from time to time and advise you to do the same.