Windows 11 improves the Win + X menu, but limits the taskbar more

This advanced user menu is also going to be found by default in Windows 11 and is being redesigned by Microsoft, but it still maintains the shortcuts to Device Manager, Task Manager and other advanced Windows tools.

The advanced menu with support for hotkeys

Currently in Windows 11 the Advanced Options Menu lacks hotkey support, one of its great attractions in Windows 10. And, thanks to these shortcuts, we can select letters to quickly access any of the menu options. For example, if we press “Win + X” and open the menu, we can access Task Manager just by pressing “D” or Device Manager just by pressing “T” to launch Task Manager. Similarly, for the option to Shut down or close session, we must press «U» to open the secondary menu and then «S» to Suspend, «I» to Close session, «R» to restart and «U» to shut down.

Advanced options menu

However, by publishing a Feedback Hub, Microsoft has reported that it is working to add quick access keys to Advanced options menu, with which you can have shortcuts such as Win + XM to launch the Device Manager. This new functionality can already be found in the new Build 22000.71, where the power user menu is now faster and the hotkeys should be usable. However, for the moment, it still has bugs and is not always available, so Microsoft continues to work on it.

Leaks in the taskbar

Another novelty advanced by Microsoft through its Feedback Hub, we have learned that the “ShowSecondsInSystemClock” registry value has been eliminated. This value allowed the taskbar clock to be able to show seconds on clock. In response to this Feedback, Microsoft regretted the inconvenience and announced the absence of this registry key in Windows 11 and that they will use the comment to improve the function of the clock for the future.

Windows 11 taskbar clock with seconds

This novelty with respect to the taskbar, joins others that had already been recently announced for the new Microsoft operating system. And it is that this will not be compatible with the options of dragging and dropping elements in the bar, nor will it allow users to change their location. If Windows was characterized by something, it was by the possibility of customizing this bar, being able to place it on any side of the screen. Now, in Windows 11, at the moment it will only be possible to keep the taskbar at the bottom.

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