Want New Windows Features? Share Your Ideas With Microsoft & Vote

Tina Sieber 15-10-2014

Microsoft wants to know what you would like Windows to look like! Propose and review Windows features to shape the next version of Windows.


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Who Can Participate?

The target audience of the particular forum introduced here are Windows PC and tablet users. If you would like to provide Microsoft with feedback on a different platform (e.g. Windows Phone) or specific software or services, please find the respective forum, listed towards the end of this article.

To participate, you need to provide your email address or log in using your Facebook or Google account.

Windows Feature Suggestion Signup


How Can I Participate?

You can…

Once you are logged in, you are given a maximum of 20 votes to upvote suggestions. For each suggestion you submit, you must commit at least one vote. Each suggestion can receive a maximum of three votes per voter.

How Can I Find Existing Suggestions?

Suggestions can be browsed by category, hot ideas, top ideas, and new ideas.

Windows Features Categories


Presently, some of the most voted for suggestions include tabs for Windows Explorer 3 Tools to Add Tabbed Browsing to Windows Explorer Tabbed browsing is a feature that I first encountered 10 years ago in Firefox’s previous incarnation, Firebird. Since then, tabs have popped up in almost every realm related to user interfaces. They make it easy... Read More , the return of Aero Glass 8 Features Missing in Windows 8 and How to Get Them Back Microsoft removed a variety of features from Windows 8. Many of them aren't great losses to most people, but they are if you depended on them. Luckily, Windows 8 isn't yet a locked-down mobile operating... Read More , a better Notepad 3 Handy Built-In Notepad++ Features For Beginners [Windows] This summer, I’ve used Notepad++ for my internship quite a bit, so I can see why almost all developers and programmers I know actually prefer it, not to mention, the thousand of Notepad++ fans that... Read More application, Cortana in Windows 8.1, and making Windows free for everyone.

How Can I Support A Suggestion?

To support a suggestion, you need to vote for it. Simply click the Vote button and select the number of votes you would like to give the idea. You can add up to 3 votes to each suggestion.

Vote Windows Features

How Can I Suggest A Feature?

To suggest a feature, scroll down on the start page or click the Post a new idea… link in the right-hand sidebar. As you are entering your keywords into the text field, similar suggestions from others will show up below.


Enter Feature Suggestion

If after checking the list of potential matches you think your suggestion is unique, click the Post a new idea… button (see screenshot above) to proceed with submitting your own suggestion. Select a category and description for your idea, decide how many votes you’d like to commit to it, and click Post idea.

Submit Features Suggestion

I Changed My Mind! How Can I Get My Vote(s) Back?

Click My feedback in the right-hand sidebar to see all the suggestions you submitted and voted for. If you’d like to re-distribute points to different suggestions, find one you no longer want to support, click the Vote button and either change the number of votes or select Remove votes.


Remove Votes

You can also remove votes from your own suggestions or you can delete them. Note that leaving a suggestion with 0 votes will most likely cause it to be closed.

Delete Suggestion

If an idea you voted for is closed, your votes are automatically returned to you.

I Have Suggestions For Other Microsoft Products!

The Windows Observer recently compiled a list of UserVoice feedback portals they found via Bing. Below is an updated and alphabetically sorted list.

Are we missing any forums? Please leave a link in the comments!

Are You Ready To Shape The Next Version Of Windows?

Compared to Windows Phone or OneNote, the Windows portal shows only modest participation. That’s probably because it was launched only recently. We don’t know whether Microsoft will really listen to the features its users are requesting. The only way to find out is to try.

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  1. PerryAnne
    August 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I'm not loving the new menu when you click the File tab in excel. In 2010 when you clicked file you would see your recent files, pinned files & folders, and a list of your network. You now have another click to get this information. I understand that it's another click but what are we gaining by seeing first file info and save options we can get on the quick access toolbar? I feel like we're losing capability as opposed to gaining. :(

    • Tina Sieber
      August 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Thank you for your feedback, PerryAnne. This is not the right place to post it, though. Microsoft won't see your suggestion here. Please use the resource introduced in the article above to share it with Microsoft. Thank you!

  2. PerryAnne
    August 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I'm just digging into Windows 2013. There are some things I like, some things that I am getting used to, and some things I don't get. In 2010, macro enabled books appeared with an exclamation. 2013 denotes macro enabled books with a smaller picture of a file. It is not easily distinguishable. Please Microsoft, revert back!

    • Tina Sieber
      August 25, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Do you mean Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows?

      As mentioned in response to your other comment, please post this on a relevant Microsoft feedback forum. This is just an article that explained how to do that. :)

  3. Anonymous
    May 13, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    The new Windows OS be a revamp of XP

  4. Tony Magruder
    April 16, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    windows support ( for home use ) for running two+ independent stations ( two+ screens, keyboards, mice, independent desktops, and two instances of the same program, etc. ) from one local computer with two+ graphics cards and 4+ cores.

  5. Moises
    February 17, 2016 at 4:06 am

    My idea is simple, uninstall programs from Shortcuts, with a right click

  6. Martin
    December 28, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Hey I am loving the windows 10 however I was hoping that you would change one thing, rather add. when you project your screen using HDMI to a second screen. the status bar was amazing but then when you activate a program on the projected screen it still opens on the primary screen. I would be awesome if a program opened on the screen it was activated.

  7. Amin
    April 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I put a suggestion please read it from the link below and vote to it if you agree.
    thanks alot.
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    • Anonymous
      October 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

      I've upvoted u with 3 votes. hhehee

    December 21, 2014 at 6:18 am

    The timing of Pictures Screen Saver should be infinitely adjustable from zero to, say, 120 seconds, as in Windows XP.

  9. firstclass
    October 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I sent in a lot of feedback the past 2 weeks.

  10. likefunbutnot
    October 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Some of the suggestions are very good and deserve support:

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    It's worthwhile to take a look and to vote.