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Windows 11: Future Taskbar Enhancement

The Windows 11 taskbar has been a recurring topic of conversation for Microsoft’s new operating system, even before it was presented, since as you remember a first ISO was leaked a little over a week before. What has been talked about the most has been the centered alignment of its elements (in many cases ignoring that you can choose to re-align them to the left), but leaving aside two changes that, personally, seem much worse to me.

The first is that Task View disappears. You know (or maybe not, because I have the feeling of being the only person who uses it), the icon that is shown to the right of Cortana’s (which also says goodbye) and shows us the desktops, the open windows in the that we are using and a history of the documents that we have opened. I regret that it disappears in Windows 11, but I accept that its use is minority (sometimes I think that it is one-person) and that, therefore, it does not make sense for it to remain there.

The second, however, does seem to me to be a mistake, and that is in Windows 11 it is not possible to drag files to the taskbar. You know (I hope this time yes), the possibility of dragging a file to an application that you have minimized in the taskbar, in order to open it in it. In my opinion and experience, this is one of the most used Windows shortcuts in this operating system, so I was very surprised that it was not present in Windows 11. And the same happens if we try to drag a file, folder or shortcut to anchor it, it is not possible either.

This is one of the changes that many users who have made the leap to Windows 11 have not liked, something that Microsoft has already known for months (when the first trial versions began to be distributed for insiders. And the good news is that , as we can read in Deskmodder (in German), Microsoft has taken good note of this and, consequently, anda are working to bring these functions back to the Windows 11 taskbar. The bad new? That we will still have to wait a bit.

Actually, Windows 11 Build 22458, released in August, I was already recovering this function, but it had a trick, and is that for it to work it was necessary to make modifications in the Windows settings registry. That is to say, in reality the function is already operational in Windows 11, although it seems that at the moment in Redmond they are betting on a gradual test of it, instead of releasing it completely for all users.

Thus, although there is no roadmap public for their return (I understand that in private they will have it), there are several voices that point out that will debut, already enabled by default, in some compilation for insiders early next year. And as for its arrival to all users of the operating system, it is speculated that it may occur in the second major update of Windows 11 next year, that is, in version 22H2. If so, we would still have to wait about a year.

It seems to me a somewhat excessive period, the truth, although of course, there are quite a few changes that the taskbar has received, so it is possible that making changes to it is more complex than it might seem at first. However, those who have done tests after modifying the Windows registry keys, they claim it works perfectly, so it is reasonable to think that its operation is already quite polished.

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