Windows 11 eases copying verification code to clipboard

Windows 11 to cut steps to verify two-factor authentication (2FA) codes with a new notification design.

Windows 11 Notifications Center
  • Windows Insider Preview build introduces a new toast notification design.
  • The new design makes it easy to copy 2FA codes from emails with a single click.
  • This update also hides new lighting settings to control RGB accessories.

Microsoft is adding subtle changes to the toast notification on Windows 11 to make it easy to complete the two-factor authentication (2FA) process.

Usually, when signing in to your email or another service account, the system will require you to complete the authentication by providing a code that is sent to your email account (or alternate email). Although the process is straightforward, it requires extra steps as you have to open the email, find and copy the code, and then paste it into the sign-in interface.

On Windows 11 build 25295, the system will detect that you have received an email with the authentication code, and the code will now appear in the notification with the option to copy it to the clipboard. This small change will make it easier to complete the verification process of the account you are trying to sign in to.

Alongside the update for toast notifications, Microsoft is also planning to add a new feature to allow users to manage the RGB lighting on computers from the Settings app without needing third-party software. The feature is currently hidden, but you can enable it with these instructions.

Toast with copy code option
Toast with copy code option (Source: Microsoft)

The new “Lighting” settings page is part of the “Personalization” section, and depending on the lighting accessories, you will be able to control brightness, effects, and color, and there’s even an option to match the Windows 11 system color.

Windows 11 RGB lighting settings
Windows 11 RGB lighting settings (Source: @thebookisclosed)

Although there are many solutions to control the RGB lighting on your computer (such as those from Corsair, Logitech, Asus, Razer, and some other open-source), some are proprietary software and won’t let you manage other accessories brands.