Windows 11 is getting new desktop & clipboard design features – here’s our first look

Windows 11 Spotlight update

Windows has always been a customizable operating system and
Microsoft is now planning to update the personalization
settings in Windows 11 with support for new features, including
Windows Spotlight for desktop and shiny new themes for Windows
clipboard + emoji menu.

For those unfamiliar, Spotlight has been part of Windows since
2015 and it currently makes your lock screen or login screen
more visually pleasing by displaying high-resolution images,
similar to the daily wallpapers that appear on Bing search
engine. Spotlight is integrated into the OS and it also shows
ads along with suggestions.

Spotlight is powered by Bing and these pictures are of really
good quality that they can be used on desktop as well.
Thankfully, Microsoft has listened to the feedback and you will
be able to use lock screen or Spotlight pictures as the desktop
background starting with Windows 11 22H2.

Windows 11 personalization

In
Windows 11 Build 22518, Microsoft is testing a new
personalization setting “Spotlight collection”. When the
feature is enabled, Microsoft will update the background of the
desktop with new pictures from the Spotlight collection. The
same Spotlight collection also powers lock screen and Bing, but
it has been updated with better support for desktop.

In addition to the new pictures, Microsoft also plans to offer
fun facts about each picture directly on the desktop.

To enable the Spotlight collection for desktop, follow these
steps:

  1. Update to Dev Channel (Build 22518+).
  2. Right-click on your desktop and select Personalization. Or
    Open Windows Settings > Personalization.
  3. Choose “Background”.
  4. Click on the “Personalize your background” dropdown.
  5. Select “Spotlight collection”.

Upon selecting the Spotlight collection, you will immediately
see an inspiring picture as your desktop background. You will
also notice a new Spotlight icon, which would be pinned to the
top right side of the screen. You can click on the Spotlight
icon to learn more about the background.

A Spotlight collection may include up to five background
pictures and the desktop will rotate through these five photos.

As we mentioned at the outset, Microsoft is currently
experimenting with new settings in Windows 11 Build 22518 in
the Dev Channe of the Insider program. For the users outside
the beta program, Microsoft is planning to introduce the
updated personalization setting in the second half of 2022.

New themes for Windows clipboard + emoji panel

Additionally, Microsoft is also working on new personalization
settings for your text inputs, such as Windows Clipboard and
Emoji panel.

Windows Clipboard

As you can see in the above screenshot, you will be able to use
the existing 13 keyboard themes for the emoji panel and voice
typing. You will find the new theme options under the new “Text
Input” section under Settings > Personalization.

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