Microsoft Fixes Windows 11’s Worst Taskbar Problems

Windows 11 is a significant step forward for Windows, but it still has a lot of issues, especially with the brand new taskbar. Luckily, many of these issues are being fixed ahead of the major 22H2 update.

Microsoft is currently testing a new taskbar behavior in Windows 11, as of Windows Insiders Dev channel build 25163. If you open more apps than the taskbar can hold, a new overflow menu button will appear on the right side. If you click on this button, you will see all the applications that cannot fit in the taskbar.


Older versions of Windows offered plenty of options for fitting more apps into the taskbar, from changing the size of icons to adding extra rows of icons. However, Windows 11 simply hides additional app icons once the taskbar icon is full, leaving Win+Tab or Alt+Tab as the only way to return to a specific app. It’s a terrible experience, and it’s a good thing that Microsoft is finally fixing it.

The current overflow behavior

Microsoft said in a blog post that “the overflow menu will contain many of the current taskbar behaviors that users are familiar with, such as pinned app support, jump list, and user interface. extent. After invoking the overflow, the menu will quietly disappear as soon as you click outside of it or navigate to an app. ยป

This change comes after Microsoft added the ability to drag files onto app icons in the taskbar, which was present on Windows 10 (and earlier versions) but not in the initial version of Windows 11. drag-and-drop isn’t rolling out to everyone yet โ€” Microsoft might be waiting for the big 22H2 update later this year. Clock support across multiple monitors is also a work in progress.

Besides restoring functionality to Windows 10, Microsoft is working on other improvements to widgets, which were initially accessible from a button on the taskbar. The button has been replaced with a dynamic view on the left side of the taskbar, which currently only shows the weather, but will soon show alerts and other information. Microsoft is also working on an API for third-party developers to create their own widgets, which could potentially be a massive addition for Windows โ€“ Android has supported widgets for years, and they got a resurgence in popularity after Apple added them to iPhones and iPads with iOS 14.

There are many Taskbar changes to expect with upcoming Windows 11 updates. more interesting update โ€“ an important goal as Windows 10 slides towards end of support in October 2025.

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