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Windows 11 Build 25151 redesigns one of the oldest Windows features – Open with dialog

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Windows 11 Build 25151 is now available to testers in the Dev Channel and apparently comes with a long list of bug fixes. At the same time, there’s a new hidden feature: redesigned ‘open dialog’ for apps/files, which was first teased earlier this year and then removed from builds.

Windows 11 Build 25151 is not tied to any particular feature update, but is believed to be part of next year’s feature update. Since Windows 11 23H2 is in early development stage, there are no new features. For example, the official changelog for Build 25151 does not mention any significant changes.

However, Windows 11 Build 25151 includes one new feature: a new open dialog box. The “Open With” dialog box appears when you right-click a file and try to open it with a particular app. The Open With dialog box was last refreshed in Windows 8 and is now updated with the design principles of Windows 11.

Windows 11 Build 25151 Open With

As you can see in the screenshot above, Windows 11’s upcoming dialog box supports both a light and dark theme. If your device’s theme is set to dark, the “Open With” dialog box will automatically appear in the dark. Likewise, you can return to the light interface by changing the Windows 11 theme settings itself.

Microsoft has also simplified the experience by making it possible to update your default app with just one click.

This feature is not available to everyone and only appears on certain machines. It’s not clear yet if the feature will be ready for Windows 11 22H2, but there’s a chance Microsoft will push it through a future cumulative update.

Windows 11 Build 25151 improvements

Windows 11 Build 25151 apparently solves many problems. For example, an issue has been fixed where File Explorer tabs could be unexpectedly large. You can right-click on a tab and then click anywhere else in File Explorer to reliably close the context menu now.

Fixed another bug where shutting down from the Start menu didn’t work for some testers. The Windows 11 update also made changes to the Exclusions page in Windows Security, which means that file paths now make better use of the available space.

Fixed a bug that caused a crash when removing ports in printui /s. The company also fixed an issue where printing for some Insiders would not work from within UWP apps.

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