Windows 11 Is Getting Some of Windows 10’s Taskbar Features Back

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One of the biggest reasons not to update to Windows 11 relates to its revised taskbar, which, for some inexplicable reason, lacks some of the useful functionality that was provided by its preceding counterpart.

Luckily, Microsoft is slowly coming to its senses based on new preview build notes for Windows 11, which indicate that its taskbar will soon work more like Windows 10’s. Not only is the ability to drag and drop files into the taskbar coming back, allowing users to swiftly open files and pin apps as shortcuts, but there’s also signs of a new “overflow menu,” something that alludes to a way of easily changing the size of the taskbar.

Other improvements that are expected to show up in future preview builds include the ability to display the clock and date on the taskbar of other monitors, improving multi-monitor configurations, as well as a new weather dashboard. All of these updates will presumably be released officially as part of the new Sun Valley 2 update that’s slated for debut this fall.

Windows 11 could finally be worth upgrading to – thanks to big taskbar update (Windows Latest)

  • The concept of the overflow menu isn’t very clear at the moment, but we understand this change could also bring back support for a resizeable taskbar in future.
  • Windows 11’s taskbar can’t be adjusted with the Settings app, but users can modify the registry and make the taskbar larger or smaller. While the registry hack works, it can result in UI issues in some cases. For example, taskbar buttons like WiFi or Bluetooth toggle may not align with the rest of the app icons.
  • With Sun Valley 2 (version 22H2), it looks like Microsoft will make a new change that will improve the app list overflow experience and address alignment issues with the taskbar, so you can easily change its size.
Tsing Mui
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