The Windows 11 window border is still missing from certain parts of the OS

by Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Although Windows 11 has become a much more stable experience, it's still lacking in some areas.
  • The window border, for example, is present on most windows on the OS, but not at all on others.
  • Flyouts, such as volume and brightness, as well as the Alt-Tab windows completely lack the border.
  • Users are constantly wondering if this is simply a Microsoft flaw, or if it actually is a design choice. 
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Windows 11 is the latest operating system to be designed and released by the Redmond-based tech company, as we all know by now.

Since October 5th, when it became generally available for free, many have already embraced the new experience, while others have decided to postpone the transition until it becomes more stable.

Many users, however, are content with the functionality and design choices that Microsoft made for its new OS. That being said, there is still a lot missing, and as we all know, it’s the little details that make the difference.

More and more people are now wondering why the window border present on everything you open on Windows 11 isn’t present all around, as some areas clearly lack this design touch.

Why isn’t the border on the flyouts and Alt-Tab windows?

We know, this isn’t a critical system flaw or a bug that is totally going to ruin your Windows 11 experience. However, these are small details that matter for a lot of people.

Just to make sure you understand what we’re talking about, it’s the small, and often ignored border that better defines the window’s contour.

This fine print detail is present on most of the windows you can possibly open on your new operating system. It is, however, also missing from some parts of it, which is confusing some.

Small flyouts, as well as the way the windows are displayed when you Alt+Tab, are totally deprived of this border.

Of course, you can manage accent colors for your OS and personalize it how you see fit, and you can even turn off border color for Windows 11.

Some people that actually upgraded to the new Microsoft-powered operating system are questioning is this is a mistake or a choice.

Users on social media platforms such as Reddit, and forums alike, are now debating why this is happening and whether they should flag it as a flaw or not.

For example, the tooltip text is the most transitional window, but that has the common border. The preview window that hosts the image of the window has no border at all.

It’s exactly this kind of inconsistent transitions that have users wondering if this is a glitch, a detail that has been overlooked, or if Microsoft even cares at all.

Yes, the Os is free, but this just adds to the list of why everyone won’t just abandon Windows 10 and migrate to the new experience.

That being said, if you are seriously thinking about leaving Windows 10 behind and moving on, do so while the new OS is still free, as you might be in for an unpleasant surprise a little later on.

There are rumors that Windows 11 will cease to be a free product this year, although we don’t know if it will be mid-year or more towards the end.

Whatever you choose, make sure it is to your advantage and enjoy everything that comes with it. What do you think about this window border conundrum?

Share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comments section below.

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