Windows 11 update makes the taskbar really useful again

    Microsoft has begun rolling out a bunch of new user interface updates to Windows Insiders – and a feature that will be especially useful for those with maxed-out taskbars.

    As part of Windows 11 build 22622.440 (opens in a new tab), Microsoft is reintroducing taskbar overflow, a neat extra feature for apps that don’t fit in a chock-full taskbar. The taskbar will automatically switch to this new overflow when it reaches its maximum capacity, and the overflow area itself will be accessible via its own taskbar button (made up of three dots). ).

    Microsoft has said that the feature is starting to roll out to certain beta users right now, though it plans to “monitor feedback and see how it goes.” [taskbar overflow] landed it before pushing it out to everyone” (i.e. all beta users).

    Windows 11 taskbar overflow

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    Build 22622.440 will also add more dynamics to the widget button, with sports and financial news set to appear alongside existing weather updates, while the “open with” menu has also been refreshed. (supports both light and dark themes). Check out the following action:

    Windows Update

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    Elsewhere in the new build, Settings will now support managing apps that were previously only customizable through the Control Panel. Microsoft has said that this includes uninstalling apps that are interdependent (e.g. gaming apps that run on Steam).

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