Microsoft has restored the Task Manager shortcut to the Windows 11 taskbar

Microsoft has restored the Task Manager shortcut to the Windows 11 taskbar

Microsoft has finally restored the Task Manager to its proper location on the Windows Taskbar. After upgrading to Preview Build 25211, users who subscribe to the Dev Channel of Windows Insider updates will notice a new option when right-clicking the Taskbar, enabling them to instantly call the Task Manager. This isn’t the only new feature included in the current version, but it’s undoubtedly the most amazing. This release also includes bug patches, however, there are a few rough areas that users should be aware of. This update is only available in the Dev Channel and should not impact Windows Insiders who use the Beta Channel or Release Preview editions of Windows.

The following are the main significant improvements included in Preview Build 25211 –

1. Widget board behaviors may now be customized. You can now choose whether the Widgets board opens when you hover over it, whether the taskbar shows Widget notification badges, and whether the taskbar displays rotating updates from your Widgets.

2. The Task Manager can now be summoned by right-clicking on the taskbar.

3. The Snipping Tool automatically saves screenshots now.

The new features are accompanied by a number of bug fixes, but there is a usual caveat. Machines that have this update installed will be unable to remove or repair Win32 programs that are interdependent. In short, you won’t be able to remove many games that need the Steam client or Steam itself. However, this error is pretty frequent in Windows Insider versions, so don’t worry just yet.

Since the Microsoft Store started accepting native Win32 programs, it has grown in popularity among developers seeking more flexibility and control over their products, not only game developers. The number of games and programs that rely on Win32 is growing, making the constraints of this version inconvenient.

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Microsoft has long warned that its Dev Channel upgrades are often choppy and unstable. While the option to summon the taskbar without ctrl+alt+deleting is appealing, we wouldn’t advocate downloading this update just yet since rolling back Windows Insider upgrades without harming vital programs or documents may be tricky.

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