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Windows 11 brings a small but important change to the taskbar.

Windows 11 just introduced a new feature in testing that brings a handy improvement to the taskbar, among other changes.

The main highlight is the work on the taskbar, which is an overflow feature introduced to Windows Insiders (testers) in the latest preview build 25163 (which just hit the Dev channel).

If you fill your taskbar with more apps, you can access any additional running (or pinned) programs by clicking those three dots. These additional apps will appear in a small bar just above the taskbar.

Windows 11 taskbar overflow

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It’s like the system tray on the right side of the taskbar, which has a little up arrow icon that you can click on to see the rest of its contents.

This extra taskbar menu allows the same interactions with app icons as the taskbar itself, which means you can pin apps and more. And it doesn’t last long either, as it disappears when you select an app there or click on it.

Another change included in Build 25163 is the Environment Sharing (Microsoft’s version of AirDrop), which allows Windows 11 users to easily share files with other devices not only via Bluetooth, but also with other PCs on the same network (thanks to UDP). support).

The Sharing window in the operating system has also been expanded to include OneDrive as an option, allowing you to share files directly with the cloud service (and get them from there on any device you need).

Microsoft has also applied an expected series of bug fixes.

Analysis: Here’s another challenge for you, Microsoft…

Taskbar overflow is a useful feature for those who like to work with multiple apps, and the design seems reasonable. It will also be a boon for people who don’t have much screen real estate and may have trouble juggling multiple apps.

However, while we’re talking about the taskbar, we can ask Microsoft to bring back the ability to not merge icons. We understand that not everyone objects to this, but not everyone wants different applications stacked together – and would it really be a bad thing to offer a choice, like in Windows 10?

In any case, leaving our personal grievances aside, let’s go back to the changes made here – the sharing additions aren’t very important, but they’re worth the effort. And as far as bug fixes go, it’s good to see that a bit more work has been done in File Explorer to fix the memory issue when using tabs (as well as the crash issue when moving tabs).

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