This is already the eighth part of our “What’s new in Windows 11 version 22H2” series. This time we’re looking at improvements to Focus Assist and Quick Settings in Microsoft’s first Windows 11 operating system feature update.
Most expect the update to be released in September 2022, but Microsoft has yet to officially announce a release date. You can view all previously published guides in the Windows 11 News section here on this site.
Focus Assist and Quick Settings aren’t new features, but Microsoft is improving them in the next version of Windows 11. These incremental adjustments are typical of Microsoft, as is the long development period before improvements hit stable releases. of the Windows operating system.
Press? Here are the main changes:
- Improved accessibility of Focus Assist to highlight functionality to more users.
- Improvements to Bluetooth quick settings for discovering and connecting to devices.
- Airplane mode remembers WiFi and Bluetooth connections that are enabled after airplane mode is enabled.
Microsoft introduced Focus Assist, a feature to help Windows users focus on the task they’re working on, in Windows 10. Back then, Focus Assist was controlled through the Action Center and the Settings app. It blocked notifications and incoming calls when active.
Microsoft changed how Focus Assist works in Windows 11. The company integrated the feature into the Clock app, improved automated rules, and added new features, such as Spotify support in the app.
The Focus Assist feature is getting several improvements in the upcoming feature update for Windows 11. Microsoft has made the decision to rename it Focus in Windows 11 version 22H2.
Most important, probably, is that its visibility is improved.
Until now, it was even hard to find the feature because it was built into the clock app. If you’ve never opened the clock and gone through all the settings pages, you may never have come into contact with Focus Assist in Windows 11.
Now when you click on the clock in the system tray area, you find a new Focus option under the calendar. Clicking the Focus button immediately starts a Focus Assist session on the system.
Debug sessions have the following effect when active:
- The Clock app displays a Focus timer on the screen.
- Do Not Disturb is enabled, which disables notifications on the system.
- Taskbar apps do not flicker during focus sessions.
- Badge notifications are disabled for apps on the taskbar.
Microsoft has changed Focus preferences in the Settings app. In addition to being named Focus instead of Focus Assist, the company has split the settings.
When you open Focus in the settings, which you find under System > Focus, you notice that the preferences are different. There you can set the duration of the tune-up session and start it, and set the rules described in the bulleted list above. All are enabled by default, but can be disabled individually.
If you don’t need the focus timer, for example, you can turn it off.
The automatic rules section has been moved to System > Notifications > Enable Automatic Do Not Disturb. These rules are no longer tied to Focus and can be configured individually.
Windows users can turn on Do Not Disturb for a specific time, when playing games or screen mirroring, when using apps in full screen, or for the first hour after an update Windows features (which won’t happen so often anymore).
Focus is still part of the Clock app and can also be configured there, as before. Options to set the duration, skip breaks, if available, use Spotify, and choose a Microsoft To-Do task to work on are all provided.
Quick settings improvements
Quick settings is another feature that is not new. Clicking on some of the system tray icons, such as the volume or network icons, opens the Quick Settings panel.
It resembles that of quick-toggle mobile panels, giving users access to certain device features that they can turn on or off, or adjust.
There, users can connect to a different network, turn on airplane mode, nightlight, change volume, and a number of other features. Only certain options are displayed by default, but there is an option to add and remove items to customize what is displayed.
Windows 11 showed a simple on/off toggle for Bluetooth in the launch build. Windows 11 2022 update introduces improved controls in the section.
Windows 11 displays a small icon next to the icon. Enabling it displays all available Bluetooth devices and an option to open Bluetooth preferences in Settings. Available Bluetooth apps can be selected to establish connections directly from the Quick Settings section.
Flight mode has also seen an improvement. Windows 11 disables all Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections when airplane mode is on. Windows 11 users who turn on a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection after entering airplane mode will notice that Windows 11 remembers it.
The next time Airplane Mode is enabled, the previously enabled Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection remains enabled by default. It’s a small change, but it can be useful for Windows 11 users who travel frequently and use the Windows 11 device during the flight.
Windows 11 version 22H2 makes Focus more discoverable. Some users may still prefer to completely disable notifications on the system, but those who don’t can use Focus to suppress them during work sessions.
Improved visibility may increase the number of users using Focus on Windows 11 devices.
Bluetooth improvements in quick settings improve the management of Bluetooth devices, as it is now possible to connect to devices with just a few clicks.
Now you: Are you using Focus or Quick Settings on Windows?