When Microsoft determined to announce Home windows 10’s large Solar Valley replace as “Home windows 11”, a brand new working system, it took many people unexpectedly. Home windows 10 might not be an ideal working system, however it’s nonetheless a high-quality OS when in comparison with Home windows 8 and even Home windows 11.
As a part of its efforts to create a modern-looking working system, Microsoft has recreated the taskbar expertise. Home windows 11 seems like Home windows 10 with a couple of tweaks to the interface, however the taskbar is one factor that has modified dramatically.
For those who’ve already upgraded to Home windows 11, you’re most likely conscious that Microsoft has dropped help for a lot of options. This consists of the flexibility to pull and drop apps onto the taskbar or simply create shortcuts of most used apps by dragging them onto the taskbar of Home windows 11.
Drag and drop help is ready to land in preview builds in a couple of weeks, however received’t arrive within the public model of Home windows 11 till later in 2022.
After the replace, you possibly can open information in one other app by merely dragging the file to the taskbar, much like how the characteristic at the moment works in Home windows 10.
As you possibly can see within the above screenshot, you may as well simply pin shortcuts to the taskbar within the subsequent replace.
Along with drag-and-drop, Home windows 11 additionally doesn’t allow you to change the scale of the taskbar simply. This might change with the subsequent large replace. Microsoft is engaged on a brand new “overflow menu”, which goes to make it simpler to search out operating apps whenever you’ve too many apps open and permit customers to simply resize the taskbar.
The idea of the overflow menu isn’t very clear in the mean time, however we perceive this transformation might additionally carry again help for a resizeable taskbar in future.
Home windows 11’s taskbar can’t be adjusted with the Settings app, however customers can modify the registry and make the taskbar bigger or smaller. Whereas the registry hack works, it may end up in UI points in some circumstances. For instance, taskbar buttons like WiFi or Bluetooth toggle might not align with the remainder of the app icons.
With Solar Valley 2 (model 22H2), it appears like Microsoft will make a brand new change that can enhance the app listing overflow expertise and handle alignment points with the taskbar, so you possibly can simply change its dimension.
It stays unclear if the corporate will add a toggle to the Settings to make the method a lot easier for non tech-savvy folks.
The third large change can be higher help for multi-monitor configurations. In line with the official launch notes of preview builds, it is possible for you to to show the clock and the date on the taskbar of different screens.
Moreover, Microsoft shall be including a brand new climate dashboard to the taskbar and this explicit change could possibly be delivered exterior the Solar Valley 2.
For the unversed, Microsoft is planning to launch Solar Valley 2 replace within the fall of the yr, probably in October.