Windows 11 build 22518

Weekly Digest: Notepad in dark mode, unusual Office discount, tech tips

In case you missed it, Windows 11 gets desktop Spotlight, Voice Access, weather taskbar icon, and Notepad with dark mode support, and more tips to get the most of your PC.

This week on Pureinfotech: Microsoft released the biggest preview of Windows 11 (build 22518) yet with a bunch of features and improvements, including Spotlight for the desktop, Voice Access, and the new Widgets Taskbar icon. In this in-depth guide, you can check all the changes that the company has been working on for Windows 11.

If you currently use Windows 11 as your primary system and notice some slowness in performance, you are not alone. According to a number of reports, the latest version of Windows has a problem that Microsoft has yet to fix that is causing slow performance for NVMe Solid-State Drives (SSDs).

The software giant released the first preview of a new version of Notepad that includes a new interface and support for dark mode.

If you use a non-genuine version of Office, Microsoft is running an unusual campaign that offers 50 percent off to get a Microsoft 365 subscription to switch to the genuine and most up-to-date version of Office.

In celebration of the new Pantone Color of the Year 2022, Microsoft has made available for downloading a special theme for Windows 11 that includes four wallpapers of the Windows bloom inspired using the PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri color.

Tech tips roundup

This week, you also learned more tips to get the most out of Windows, including the steps to extend the volume size using Storage Spaces on Windows 11.

If Windows 11 isn’t performing as expected or you are not ready for the upgrade, you can use these steps to revert back to Windows 10.

We looked into the question of whether you should upgrade to Windows 10 21H2 or continue in the current version.

On Windows 11, we also looked into the steps to completely remove a print driver and fix the clock out of sync. Also, you now know the steps to create full automated backups of Windows 11 using the free version of Macrium Reflect.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He's also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ & Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, and LinkedIn.