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How to Customize Quick Settings Menu on Windows 11

Windows 11 is getting a fresh coat of paint for the UI but features like Action Center are still there. Here’s how to customize its Quick Action buttons.

Microsoft introduced Action Center with Windows 10. And it still exists in Windows 11 (now called Quick Settings) it has a new coat of paint and operates a bit differently now. Quick Settings is the place above the clock on the lower-right corner of the taskbar. It includes system and app notifications and “Quick Settings” buttons for getting to system settings. The system settings will vary depending on the type of PC you’re running it on. But let’s take a look at how you can customize the experience on Windows 11.

Open and Customize Action Center on Windows 11

You can open it by right-clicking the battery icon on a laptop. Or, on any PC, open it by using the new keyboard shortcut Windows key + A.

Note: There, you will see various quick action buttons that are available. Here I am running Windows 11 on a virtual machine (VM), so not as many will show up as would on a regular laptop.

Action Center

Depending on your system’s capabilities, you will see other buttons for items like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, Battery Saver, Cast, Nearby Sharing, Mobile Hotspot, etc.

Edit Action Center Buttons on Windows 11

To customize the buttons you see and have access to, open Action Center with Windows key + A. Then click on the Edit button (pencil icon).

Edit Quick Actions

That will give you a screen where buttons that are showing are grayed out. You can unpin them from Action Center by clicking the pin icon next to the button. Or, if you want to add more items, click on Add at the bottom to bring up a list of other things to add to it.

Again, it’s important to note that the items you have to add or not will depend on the PC you are running Windows 11 on. Most desktop computers won’t have a “Battery saver” option, for example.

manage buttons and other items

It’s also worth noting that you can rearrange the buttons, too. Just click and drag each button in the order you want it while in edit mode. The process is like moving app icons on your smartphone.

Summing Up

That’s all there is to it. Once you have your Quick Settings configured, click on the “Done” button and close out Action Center. The next time you open it, the items you added or removed will be reflected on the menu.

For more on the Windows 11 user experience, check out our article on moving the Start button to the left. And you probably noticed opening Task Manager isn’t as simple as right-clicking the taskbar anymore. Read our tip on three different ways to open task manager on Windows 11.

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  1. Hans

    I am missing the Connect button that was / is present in Windows 10 Quick Access menu.
    It’s very convenient to have all devices close to you listed, let it be a Bluetooth headset or wireless display, without the need to open the settings.
    In Windows 11 I need to right click on the Bluetooth icon and go to the settings if I want to connect a BT device, which is also used with other clients.
    Was the menu removed or am I just being stupid?

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