Windows as a service is constantly evolving and evolving, with new features regularly tested in the preview builds. A Windows 11 preview build recently disabled one of the main taskbar features (drag and drop in flyouts) and a new update is currently rolling out to users that will 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 drop-down (“Show hidden icons”). In a Feedback Hub, a Microsoft post confirmed that the drag and drop taskbar 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 dragging icons in the system tray or between the system tray and the display of hidden icons,” a Microsoft official noted. the Feedback Hub.
Officials later clarified that the change was indeed made for the tablet-optimized taskbar in Windows 11, but it also affects the UX of the desktop, as the operating system does not currently ship with a dedicated tablet mode.
No doubt Windows 11’s tablet-friendly taskbar change isn’t so great on a desktop computer and made it more difficult to use certain capabilities in the operating system.
This move was heavily criticized by users and Microsoft is now backtracking on changes it made to the taskbar.
As of Windows 11 Build 22616, the taskbar notification area now works in the same way as it did with the original release of the operating system. This means that the company has finally reinstated the ability to drag icons in the system tray or between the system tray and the hidden icon display.
As you can see in the screenshot above, it is now possible to drag and drop icons between the notification area and the taskbar.
Additionally, Microsoft has also rolled back the 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 touchscreen users, but isn’t ready for normal use at the moment.
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 restrictions.
Microsoft is still committed to trying to optimize the desktop interface for tablets, somewhat surprising given the failure of Windows 8. The good news is that the company is listening to the feedback and it won’t make it more difficult for desktop users, a positive example being the comeback of drag and drop in the system tray.
In addition, Microsoft has also reinstated system-wide drag and drop for the taskbar, a feature that was missing in the original release.