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Microsoft finds a neat way to expand the Windows 11 taskbar

Patrick Devaney

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When Microsoft moved from Windows 10 to Windows 11 one of the most prominent changes was the centralization of all the icons in the taskbar. This change was noticeable because it looked like Microsoft was taking a leaf out of Apple’s book and copying the MacOS taskbar, which has always sat at the center of the screen. Well, it now looks like Microsoft is about to roll out a simple fix that will help it extend the power of that new centralized taskbar. Here is what you need to know.

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In a blog post announcing Windows Insider Preview Build 25163, Microsoft has included a minor little tweak that will literally open up a world of possibilities. The new feature is called Taskbar Overflow and will come in handy if you like to pin a lot of apps to your Windows Taskbar.

Microsoft finds a neat way to expand the Windows 11 taskbar

These days people are increasingly using Windows on multiple screens at once. These screens are often different sizes and sometimes are in different aspect ratios with some being in landscape mode and other in portrait. In this context, you don’t even need to have a lot of apps pinned to the taskbar before they start getting lost down the sides. That is why it is nice to see Microsoft reintroducing Taskbar Overflow. Of the feature, Microsoft said:

“This taskbar experience has been thoughtfully crafted to offer you a more productive switching and launching experience when space is constrained. Your taskbar will automatically transition into this new overflow state when it has hit its maximum capacity. In this state, taskbar will offer an entry point to an overflow menu that allows you to view all your overflowed apps in one space.”

A neat little update from Microsoft then, for Windows 11 users. Recently, we’ve been speculating on whether Microsoft has already started on Windows 12. However, the software giant is still working hard on Windows 11 updates and will be bringing brute force protection to its flagship operating system this year.

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