Microsoft backtracks on unwanted Windows 11 taskbar changes

Windows 11 taskbar modification

Windows as a service is constantly growing and evolving, with new features regularly being tested in preview builds. A preview build of Windows 11 recently disabled one of the main taskbar features (drag and drop in flyout menus) and a new update is rolling out to users that rolls back the change. So what's up?

A few weeks ago, Microsoft made a change to the taskbar that made it difficult to rearrange icons in the system tray's drop-down menu ("Show hidden icons"). In a comment hub, a post from Microsoft confirmed that the taskbar's drag-and-drop capability had been removed to optimize the taskbar for tablets.

"With the updates we made to the new tablet-optimized taskbar in Build 22563, we no longer support moving icons to the system tray or between the tray system and the Show hidden icons drop-down menu," a Microsoft official noted in the Feedback Hub. .

Officials later clarified that the change was indeed made to the tablet-optimized taskbar in Windows 11, but it also affects the desktop UX, as the operating system currently does not have a dedicated tablet mode.

Without a doubt, Windows 11's tablet-friendly taskbar change isn't terribly great on a desktop computer and made it harder to use some features of the operating system.

This move was heavily criticized by users and Microsoft is now backtracking on the changes to the taskbar.

Drag and drop to system tray

Starting with Windows 11 Build 22616, the taskbar system tray will now function the same as with the original version of the operating system. This means that the company has finally restored the ability to drag icons into the system tray or between the system tray and the Show hidden icons drop-down menu.

As you can see in the screenshot above, it is now possible to drag and drop icons between the system tray and the taskbar.

Additionally, Microsoft also rolled back tablet UI improvements to the taskbar, citing feedback as the reason. The Tablet UI for the taskbar was automatically enabled on 2-in-1s and promised better support for touch users, but it's currently not ready for regular use.

A Microsoft official has confirmed that the new changes are intentional and that unwanted system tray changes will not ship with Windows 11 22H2 in the fall.


    Microsoft says it listens to feedback

    There can be very good reasons why people don't want to install Windows 11, and one of them is unwanted changes or limitations.

    Microsoft is still committed to optimizing the desktop interface for tablets, which is somewhat surprising given the failure of Windows 8. The good news is that the company is listening to feedback and won't give back. more difficult for desktop users, a positive example is the return of drag and drop to the system tray.

    Additionally, Microsoft has also restored system-wide drag-and-drop for the taskbar, a feature that was missing in the original release.

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