By Delia / Last update February 14, 2022

Microsoft keeps improving Windows 11 Taskbar & Start menu

The Windows 11 taskbar and Start menu have been controversial since their official release, as Microsoft has reworked the interface and most of the code of Windows 11, resulting in a lack of some basic features that have caused some users trouble in their experience. Now, Microsoft started to listen to users' feedback and improve the experience for Windows 11.

windows 11 taskbar

Previously, some users found that Microsoft was testing the drag-and-drop function of the taskbar internally, and now it has been found that Microsoft is improving the icon overflow function of the taskbar. Simply put, after opening too many programs, the taskbar does not have enough space to accommodate application icons, and users are not able to know from the taskbar that there are other programs that can be opened. To address this situation, Microsoft has added an ellipsis icon to the far right of the taskbar application area, which users can click to see the list of programs that cannot be displayed beyond the taskbar.

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In addition to the taskbar, Microsoft has also recently improved the tablet mode, auxiliary mode and notification UI. However, these features are in the early stages of development and it has not been determined if they will be available in the next major release of Windows 11.


Windows 10 app folders feature finally returns

Recently, Microsoft started pushing out a new version of Windows 11 for beta testers in the Dev channel. This version reintroduces a classic feature from the Windows 10 Start menu - the App folders.

In the new version, users can create folders in the Windows 11 Start menu by dragging and dropping an app icon onto another icon. The return of this feature greatly increases the utilization of the Windows 11 Start menu and solves the previous embarrassing problem of the Start menu being difficult to organize.

In addition, in the new version, Windows 11 will also add Alec and blur effects to the old title bar, thus improving the unity and beauty of the system UI. At the same time, the new version will also introduce a new feature called "Snap Bar", which will optimize and improve the current Windows 11 application bar to enhance the efficiency of use.

Other aspects, the taskbar of Windows 11 will support drag-and-drop operations in the new version and allow dragging files to specific programs to open them, while for tablet users, the new version will allow the Start menu to be called out by swiping up from the bottom.

For now, the update will be pushed to beta testers in the Dev channel first, and other users will receive the update after stability and reliability are determined.