Microsoft has been tweaking its Windows 11 taskbar to bring more features. Just a few weeks back, the company was testing three new search options for the taskbar. Now, the tech giant has announced that it is reintroducing the taskbar overflow feature in Windows 11.
The Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25163 is now rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. The latest build improves the taskbar overflow experience by allowing you to easily switch between apps in the Windows 11 taskbar itself. The image below shows that clicking on the ellipsis button on the taskbar will open up a new icon overflow menu. This will be helpful for those who have a multitude of apps open, since it conveniently lets you interact with all the apps that are running, all arranged in one place.
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Currently, the taskbar only shows you the icon of the last app that you opened up. Meanwhile, the other apps aren’t as easily accessible. In the latest build, the app icon will remain visible on the taskbar, accompanied by the ellipsis for the older apps on the side.
Microsoft adds that the taskbar’s overflow menu will continue to exhibit the current taskbar’s behaviours. For instance, you can still pin apps, go to the jump list, and enjoy extended UI. Clicking outside the overflow menu or opening up an application will close the menu.
Additionally, the newest build improves nearby sharing and allows you to share local files to OneDrive. Furthermore, build 25163 brings a host of fixes to the File Explorer, taskbar, and settings menu. Do note that not all the new features rolling out in the Dev channel make it to the public. Features that are ultimately released to the Beta or Release Preview channels will most likely see a public release. You can read the entire changelog of build 25163 on Microsoft’s blog.