Microsoft rolls back unwanted Windows 11 taskbar changes

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 (dragging and dropping into submenus) and a new update is rolling out for users who roll back the change . So what's going on?

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 feedback hub, a post from Microsoft confirmed that the taskbar's drag-and-drop capability has 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 employee noted on the Feedback Hub. . .

Employees later clarified that the change was indeed made to the tablet-optimized taskbar in Windows 11, but it also affects the desktop UX because the OS doesn't come with a tablet-optimized taskbar. dedicated tablet.

Undoubtedly, Windows 11's taskbar change isn't so good 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 work the same as it did in the original version of the operating system. This means the company has finally restored the ability to drag icons into the system tray or between the system tray and the Show Hidden Icons submenu.

As you can see 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 Microsoft official has confirmed that the new changes are intentional and that the unwanted taskbar change will not ship with Windows 11 22H2 in the fall.

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    Unwanted tablet UI enhancements need to stop on desktop

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

    Unfortunately, Microsoft is still determined to try to optimize the desktop interface for tablets, which is somewhat surprising given the flaw in Windows 8.

    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 (dragging and dropping into submenus) and a new update is rolling out for users who roll back the change . So what's going on?

    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 feedback hub, a post from Microsoft confirmed that the taskbar's drag-and-drop capability has 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 employee noted on the Feedback Hub. . .

    Employees later clarified that the change was indeed made to the tablet-optimized taskbar in Windows 11, but it also affects the desktop UX because the OS doesn't come with a tablet-optimized taskbar. dedicated tablet.

    Undoubtedly, Windows 11's taskbar change isn't so good 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 work the same as it did in the original version of the operating system. This means the company has finally restored the ability to drag icons into the system tray or between the system tray and the Show Hidden Icons submenu.

    As you can see 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 Microsoft official has confirmed that the new changes are intentional and that the unwanted taskbar change will not ship with Windows 11 22H2 in the fall.

    Unwanted tablet UI enhancements need to stop on desktop

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

    Unfortunately, Microsoft is still trying to optimize the desktop interface for tablets, which is somewhat surprising considering Windows 8's flaw.

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