Windows 11 Taskbar, Start menu get some upgrades: Know all about them here

Windows 11 Taskbar and Start menu are getting a few changes in the current developer builds. Multitasking users will eb happy with the new changes.
By AMRITANSHU MUKHERJEE
| Updated on Dec 02 2021, 09:16 AM IST
Windows 11 taskbar update now allows users to have the time widget on multiple monitors. 
Windows 11 taskbar update now allows users to have the time widget on multiple monitors.  (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)

Windows 11: You either love it or loathe it. Ever since its release in October, the OS has garnered a mixed response to its changed aesthetics, including the controversial Taskbar and the new Start menu. Both of these elements are now getting some change in the current developer builds. No, you still cannot drag-n-drop files to apps on the taskbar, but the changes bring hope.

The first change is regarding the taskbar itself. With Windows 11, Microsoft limited the ability to show the date and time widget on multiple monitors. The new build now allows users to have the date and time widget on multiple monitors, just like it was with Windows 10. Wonder why Microsoft removed it for just a few builds?

Windows 11 Taskbar, Start menu get updates

Along with the Taskbar, the Windows 11 Start menu also gets tweaks to improve its usefulness. Users will eb able to choose whether they want to see more pinned apps on the Start menu or more recommended apps. Currently, users see the Start menu split into half with pinned apps and recommended apps and files based on usage.

Microsoft is also phasing out the old Control Panel slowly in favour of the new Settings app. "We have moved the advanced sharing settings (such as Network discovery, File and printer sharing, and public folder sharing) to a new page in Settings app under Advanced Network Settings,” says Amanda Langowski, head of Microsoft’s Windows Insider program.

While these changes are making Windows 11 more accessible, Microsoft is yet to address the more popular concern with PC users – the drag and drop feature on the taskbar apps. This was present with the Windows 10 builds and Microsoft decided to remove it with Windows 11 for now reason. Multitasking users have been struggling to adapt to this limitation.

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First Published Date: 02 Dec, 09:16 AM IST
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