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Windows 11 gets much-needed improvements to the taskbar and Start menu


Windows 11’s taskbar is a giant leap in usability compared to Windows 10, and Microsoft is now starting to make improvements. A new update currently being tested by Windows Insiders brings the clock and date back to the taskbar on secondary or multiple monitors. This is a change that many monitor users will appreciate, as many have had to install third-party apps like ElevenClock just to get this basic functionality in Windows 11.

I didn’t hesitate to criticize the changes to the taskbar in Windows 11. I hate the new taskbar, so I’m happy to see Microsoft making this first change. There’s still a lot to improve on, and hopefully we’ll see the return of the ability to drag and drop files to taskbar apps and general customization options.

The new Windows 11 Start menu is changing.
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Elsewhere, Microsoft is also making some improvements to the Windows 11 Start menu. The latest version 22509 Insider includes the ability to configure the Start menu to show more Pins or more recommendations instead. This makes the Start menu a bit more customizable, although many Windows 11 users also opt for third-party apps here.

This latest version of Windows 11 also includes other enhancements to the Settings app as part of Microsoft’s continuing efforts to include more Control Panel settings in the main Settings app. “We’ve moved the advanced sharing settings (such as network discovery, file and printer sharing, and public folder sharing) to a new page in the Settings app under Advanced Network Settings,” says Amanda Langowski , Head of Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program.

Improvements have also been made to the pages in the Printers and Scanners section, and parts of the Control Panel now redirect Windows 11 users to the main Settings app. Looks like Microsoft is getting closer and closer to completely removing the Control Panel in favor of its modern settings app.

However, not all of these features will be available for a few months. These are part of the Dev Channel to Windows 11 update suite, and some may start as cumulative updates in the monthly changes Microsoft makes to the operating system. Others may be included in the larger annual update Microsoft is planning for Windows 11.

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