Microsoft is modernizing system alerts design in Windows 11

Windows 11 modern alert boxes

With Windows 11, Microsoft is planning to modernize alert
dialogs. As you’re probably aware, these Windows alert dialog
box are displayed when something unexpected requires immediate
user action.

For example, Windows 10 comes with a feature that would help
you avoid the risk of losing data when your device is about to
run out of power. The alert dialog on Windows 10 are currently
using Windows 8-era Metro UI, but the design is apparently
getting updated with WinUI controls.

In the latest preview build, Microsoft is updating the
interface of several system alert dialog boxes, such as the
alert dialog for low battery. Likewise, a new alert dialog will
be used when you change your display settings. The company is
slowly replacing Windows 8-era dialog boxes with their modern
and WinUI alternative, and the work isn’t yet done.

Windows 11 modern dialog

For example, the dialog box that lets you rename the PC name is
still based on Windows 8 metro design.

The good news is that Microsoft has confirmed it will be
updating several system alert dialog boxes in the upcoming
preview builds.

Power modes on Windows 11

In the most recent Windows 11 preview update, Microsoft has
restored support for Power modes in Windows Settings app. By
default, Windows sets devices to a “Balanced” power plan by
default, but you can always switch between power efficient and
high-performance plans.

Microsoft is bringing back the “Refresh” button

If you installed the first preview of Windows 11, you probably
know that Microsoft removed the refresh option from the new
context menu on the desktop. If you want to access the refresh,
you would need to click on “Show more options” in the context
menu to access the original or classic context menu.

Windows 11 context menu refresh button

Windows 11 Build 22000.65 enables the “Refresh” option in
the main modern context menu. Remember that you can still keep
pressing F5 on the keyboard to refresh the desktop, but this
new shortcut comes in handy if you prefer mouse input.

Another big change is the addition of a new search bar in the
Start Menu. The new search bar is apparently a shortcut to the
existing Windows Search, and it cannot show search results
within the Start Menu. It’s possible that this functionality
will be added in future updates, but for now, it’s merely a

As part of the latest changes to the Start Menu, Microsoft has

disabled the hack that allowed users to restore Windows 10
Start Menu.

In addition to these quality improvements, Microsoft has also
fixed tons of issues with the taskbar, Start Menu, and other

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